by Pastor Mark Jordan
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4, NIV)
Yesterday we began a series on spiritual warfare in our lives. We looked at the nature of deception and Satan’s trickery. Remember, Satan’s greatest trick wasn’t convincing the world that God didn’t exist, but that he doesn’t exist. When this is the case, darkness and evil can be attributed to God, distracting us from the realities of good vs evil.
Satan’s primary strategy is to blind us to God’s plan for our lives. The general tactic used by Satan is to turn our eyes away from God’s truth and toward self. This comes back to the deception we explored yesterday. Remember, “did God really say?” When we constantly make self the center of our world, we don’t leave much (if any) room for God.
There is no doubt that Satan temps us by trying to elevate self above God; however, we cannot blame every temptation on Satan. The Bible also teaches that we are tempted and enticed by our own evil desires. Consider this teaching from the Bible: “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15, NIV).
Satan may not always cause your temptations, but he certainly champions them. We will spend some time tomorrow considering what power (in any) evil has over someone in Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess how easily I can be distracted and tempted. Forgive me. I know you do, and I cherish that fact. I pray to you in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.