Sometimes we don’t give the Devil enough credit.

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I think that sometimes we as humans simply do not give the Devil enough credit. He is far sneakier, far subtler and far more intelligent than we give him credit for. We try to rationalise so many things with our human intellect, and seeing things in the natural, or physical, rather than seeing things through spiritual lenses.
The Bible tells us to be wise as serpents and to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

We are told this because Satan knows every trick in the book and he relies on us not believing the things that he can do.
Remember, he has supernatural abilities because he is an angel, a created angel. He’s not some weak, dumb, ugly red faced, horn headed creature like he is depicted as being. He appears as an angel of light, and apparently was the most beautiful angel created.
Seeing him as the ugly, red faced, horn headed devil makes him appear stupid and makes us think we would recognise him when we ‘see’ him. But what about when he appears as an angel of light?
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14
Many professing Christians don’t recognise him because they don’t think he can do the things he has done, and continues to do. He relies on our human rationale/thinking and counts on us not using discernment and being wise to his wiles.

I say this because far too many professing Christians are involved in things that go clearly against the Bible, but they don’t know it because they don’t think Satan is involved in it. But Satan is involved in pretty much everything that encourages us to sin against God and to fall away from the truth.

If Adam and Eve were tricked by him in the garden of Eden, and they had direct fellowship with God, then how much more so are we susceptible to his deception if we aren’t being discerning?!

This is not to say that Satan has all power, because he doesn’t, so please don’t misunderstand what I’m trying to get across here.
I’m just saying that we need to be more aware of the lies, tricks and deceptions that Satan puts before us in order to subtly draw us away from the Truth. We need to get the rose coloured glasses off and realise, and recognise, that there is a spiritual war happening for our souls.
Satan was in the world right from the get go and he knows the Bible back to front and inside out. He was there when it was all written after all. He even played a starring role in many of the events in the Bible.

Don’t be fooled and don’t be deceived by the father of lies. He’s out to devour Christians and if we don’t give him enough credit, we are going to fall for his schemes and the consequences won’t be nice.

The only way to not be fooled is to be spiritually born again, to have the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit within us so that we can discern the lies of the enemy.

(I’m saying all this because I see so many people falling for ungodly, sinful things that go directly against the word of God, and I’m trying to warn people to be careful. To be spiritually complacent and apathetic is very dangerous ground to be on.)

Don’t forget to read this post about people giving the Devil too much credit. I know this may seem contradictory to this, but if you read it you will see what I mean.

Universal church.

The word “Catholic” has a very interesting definition. Have a look then please continue reading, as I am going somewhere important with this. Pay a bit of extra attention to the last one. “of or relating to the Roman Catholic Church: including many different things; broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests; broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal; universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all; *pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.” Are you noticing a theme here? The term ‘Catholic’ means universal, all encompassing, broad, wide etc. I have heard and seen many people say that there are many roads to God, meaning there is no one particular way to God or heaven. Here is a quote from someone and a verse to back it up.
“Biblical Christianity is not set by man’s rules, it is God who determines right and wrong, and He has told us in His word that it is exclusive: ‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14′ “
Also: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
And:“For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5
*Unless you have been under a rock for the last few years, you will notice that many denominations, many churches, many different faiths and people are being seduced into thinking that the RCC is the one true Christian faith. The one true Christian faith that is all encompassing, universal and all accepting, no matter what you believe or do.Another term for it is ‘ecumenical’.
I have even been told that unless a person is a Catholic they are going to hell, especially anyone who claims to be a Christian.
This leads me to my next, extremely important point.
The last few weeks I’ve had the thought of a few verses coming to me (for want of a better term).
I have been thinking about how persecution is going to come from within the “Church”, not from the outside world like many think. Not that the world won’t persecute Christians, because it will, but there will also be professing Christians who will give up others ‘in the faith’ to be put to death. They will be thinking they are doing God’s work, but really they will be persecuting true Christians for Satan’s work.
 
“They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” John 16:2
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:9-12
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.” Luke 21:12
With many things happening recently in the world where many religions, denominations and people are being led into the universal, all encompassing, ecumenical one world religion, it is only a matter of time before these verses will become a physical reality.
It has happened before in history and we know that history does repeat, especially if the Bible has foretold that it will happen.
If you are someone who has fallen for this ecumenical, broad path, universal, all encompassing “Church”, I urge you to read these verses (and more in the Bible) and see that you are falling for Satan’s trap.You could very well be the one that wrongly puts another person to death, and their blood will be on your hands, so to speak.
All roads do not lead to Rome, and all paths do not lead to God!
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