Posted October 30, 2015
..for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
To Read: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
I am sure you have all seen mustache shapes floating around on everything lately from party supplies to throw pillows. I have to admit, I'm kind of partial to the mustache craze.
Years ago my husband sported a mustache and I definitely wouldn't want him to grow it back again. On the other hand, I do like cute mustaches on party straws, photo props, and everywhere else they keep showing up.
Sometimes we associate moustaches with disguises. It's amazing how a little hair on an upper lip can change someone's appearance. A moustache can make a man look older, maybe younger, perhaps a little wiser, and on some people just plain silly.
I was thinking about how the Devil throws on his moustaches or disguises. It is like he is playing a part on the stage of life. He uses whatever he can to make us think we are dealing with anything other than the Devil himself. The Bible says that he transforms himself.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
He portrays himself as the very opposite thing that he really is. Satan pops on his disguises and sidles right on up next to us. He is in character. He has his makeup on. He is standing there looking extremely dapper in costume. He has slipped that fake moustache on.
Believe me, the Devil has done his research. He knows just what is going to work on us. He knows when to raise his voice. He knows just when to lower it and speak softly into our ear. His inflections are pure perfection.
The flood lights are on him as he saunters breezily on up to us. The lights give him a beautiful glow. He stands there and delivers his lines perfectly. What he says flows out of his mouth so smoothly and effortlessly. He speaks with authority and conviction.
The Devil draws us in with his manner and charisma. It is a beautiful show. He is the master at his craft.
As he stands there stealthily getting our attention, it is really hard to see him as he really is. The Devil can be so convincing. That is why we have to be constantly on our guard. That is why Ephesians 6 becomes so important to us. We need to be wearing that armor and protecting ourselves. That is why we have got to know our Bibles.
The Bible is what reveals who and what the Devil really is. It tones down those flood lights. It washes the makeup off. It robs Satan of his beautiful costume.
God's Word reveals the Devil's lies. It shaves that moustache right off of his face. What's left is that gritty grimy embodiment of sin. The Bible makes us see the real character of the Devil. When we see the Devil clearly we can see all the things he is and the things he does.
Let me remind you that Satan has an extensive prop closet. His massive wardrobe is phenomenal. He can be outfitted for any occasion. His sound stages and backdrops are beauty in themselves. He makes everything seem so natural and realistic.
His special effects are some of the best in the business. Talk about green screen. I'm sure you are familiar with that. The Devil can manipulate any situation and make us see only those things that he wants us to.
Here are just a few of the things he takes into his hand and tries to use on us.
Satan Uses Doubt.
Do you know that this was one of the first things Satan did? He tried to cause doubt in Eve way back in the garden and he uses that tool on us today as well.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: Genesis 3:4
We have to remember that doubt and faith are each at the other end of the spectrum. Look what Jesus said when Peter tried to walk on the water.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt. Matthew 14:31
Satan Uses Temptation.
What about all that tempting that the Devil does? Satan is the great tempter. He even tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness in Matthew chapter 4, so how much more will he work that device on us?
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Matthew 4:1
Satan Uses Lies.
Ever notice how just one single solitary lie can destroy a life and sometimes destroy many lives all at one time? Satan uses lies and deceit to trip people up every day. The Bible says he is the "father of lies".
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44
Satan Uses Pride.
Have you ever noticed the way that the Devil strokes people's egos? He wants that pride to start swelling up in them. Satan knows all about how pride works. It is what started his downfall from heaven.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. Isaiah 14:12-15
There are so many other things that Satan does as he saunters along in his disguises. He twists and contorts things. He blurs our vision. He deceives. He enslaves. He hinders people from salvation. He hinders Christians from spreading the Gospel.
The Devil does all these despicable things but notice he doesn't always go about it in what we would consider a negative way. Remember, he is wearing that disguise. He is fooling people in a subtle way.
Satan does things like reassuring people. People like to be reassured that they are doing the right thing and the Devil is right there reassuring them and using it to his advantage. He cheers people on. Everyone likes to be cheered on in what they are doing. Rah! Rah! The Devil has donned that cheerleading outfit on many occasions.
The Devil promises things too. People tend to like promises. Remember how when he was trying to tempt Jesus in the wilderness what the Devil said?
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Matthew 4:8, 9
Another thing Satan does is sympathizes. He will claim to understand and know what you are going through. He validates people's fears. He tries to make them feel better about themselves, at least for a time. Sooner or later though sin will wear you down and wear you out.
I think that we tend to minimize sin and the temptation of it. Sin should be scary. Temptation should give us cause for alarm. It comes along with Satan and all his disguises.
He throws on one of his fake mustaches, gently strokes it, and whispers to us that we "won't surly die" (Genesis 3:4). He mildly gestures and says that "All these things will I give thee" (Matthew 4:9).
We have got to get hold of the fact that the Devil is transformed into that "angel of light". His appearance is deceiving and we need to build up some defenses.
We need to wear that armor. We need to pray. We need to stay in the Word so that God can unmask all those disguises that Satan wears and tries to tempt us with.
So, are you having trouble seeing past the disguises?
Copyright ©2015 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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