Memorise Revelation 12:9
“that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world”
As much as God is a God of truth, and cannot lie, the direct opposite can be said of Satan, the father of lies. Jesus describes him in John 8:44 as one who “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”. The character and nature of Satan is one in direct contradistinction to that of God and of Christ. Whilst God will certainly always speak the truth and cannot lie, Satan will certainly always speak lies, seek to deceive, and cannot be true.
Right from the Garden of Eden, in the first temptation that the Devil put to Eve, he used this method of deception, for he “beguiled Eve through his subtilty” (2 Corinthians 11:3). That is his technique, his modus operandi. He is that “old serpent… which deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). All of us, the whole world, are the target of his treacherous deceptions. His goal is for us to be tricked by him, to be deceived and fall to his temptations, causing us to sin. Like how he came to Eve, he also targets the minds of each and every one of us, to lure us to believe that sin is good and pleasurable, and we should do it. As the master of deception, he has had millennia of experience in perfecting his crafty ways, such that he knows how to package and present sin in a way that we will be deceived into believing that it is good for us to commit. Through the ages, numerous men and women have fallen prey to the deception of Satan. Like Eve, they believed that God’s words and instructions were insufficient to give us fulfilment in life. They doubted the truth of God’s Word, and trusted instead in the lies of Satan. They believed in the promises of false religions, convinced by the lies of atheism, sucked in by the lure of worldliness, thinking self to be the only god that should be worshipped.
As Christians, we ought to know better. We have the absolute words of truth in our hands – God’s Word. That is the only thing in the world that is absolutely true. We must train our minds to know the truth, and only then would we be able to detect the many lies of the devil. May we always have the faith to trust in our God of truth, and to always be vigilant and wary of Satan, the father of lies.
Thought: There are always 2 options: To believe God, or Satan.
Prayer: Lord, grant me the discernment and wisdom to know Your truth,
and to stay away from the deceptive wiles of the devil.