In my blog, Standing Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we looked at how the devil and his forces of evil seek to destroy our lives by deceiving us with their lies. We looked at the first lie the devil and his evil forces lie to us about, the character of God. Their goal is to distort the character of God with their lies so they can destroy our lives.
In Standing Your Ground By Standing In Grace, we discovered that the devil seeks to distort God's character by diminishing the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Today, we are going to look at another attack of the devil on God's character.
This attack on the character of God began in the garden of Eden when Satan was successful in deceiving Eve into believing God wasn't a loving God and did not have what is best for her in his heart and mind. He deceived her into believing that God was withholding good from her by not allowing her to eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. By calling God's love and goodness into question, Satan was able to deceive Eve, causing her to do the very opposite of what God in his love had instructed her through Adam to do.
On the other hand, Adam was not deceived by Satan. Instead, Adam fully disobeyed God without being under the influence of Satan's lies. Through the disobedience of Adam, the destruction of sin entered the human race (Romans 5:12-21).
Satan continues to operate in our world today just as he did in the Garden of Eden. He seeks to convince us that God isn't loving and good, and he does not have the very best for us in his heart and mind. He desires to get us to believe that God is withholding good from us, and that true joy, peace, happiness, and satisfaction are found in the pleasures, pursuits, and possessions of the world. Satan knows that if we believe his lies that true joy, peace, happiness, and satisfaction are found in the world, then he can bring much pain into our lives.
Satan's strategy is much like a fisherman's strategy. The fisherman makes the bait look shiny and tasty, pleasing to the eye. The fish, deceived by the fisherman, takes the bait, not knowing there is a hook camouflaged under what looks shiny and tasty. Once taking the bait, the fisherman sets the hook and reels in the fish.
In the same way, Satan makes the pleasures, pursuits, and possessions of the world look "shiny and tasty", pleasing to the eye. Yet, he camouflages the pain, hurt, and heartache of his deceitful bait. His goal is for us to take his bait, and when we do, he sets his hook and reels us in.
Through this strategy, he deceives us into believing that God does not have what is best for us in his heart and mind, and seeks to convince us that was is best for us is the shiny and tasty pleasure, pursuit, or possession he puts before us and then hooks us with, bringing much pain, hurt, and heartache into our lives.
Like Eve, some of us are deceived by Satan to take his bait. Then some of us, like Adam, disobey, knowing what we are doing is the opposite of how the Spirit is leading us and will eventually result in great pain and destruction.
However, regardless of the deception of Satan or our disobedience to the Spirit, God remains the loving and good God that he is. This is the truth about God that Satan never was us to discover. Satan does not want us to know that God is rich in love, kindness, mercy, patience, and compassion to us, and that he is rich in grace toward us. This is because Satan knows if we ever discover how abundant our God's love, kindness, mercy, patience, compassion, and grace are, then we see through his lies, and begin living a life empowered by God's love and grace.
So today, when Satan lies to you by seeking to convince you that God is withholding his best from you, and that true joy, peace, happiness, and satisfaction are found in the pleasures, pursuits, and possessions of the world, stand your ground, knowing fully that God loves you, and is rich in mercy, kindness, patience, and goodness toward you, and would never withhold anything good from you.