Satan ever seeks to foment illusion that leads to delusion.
Referred to in Scripture as “the god of this world,” our enemy empowers a vast system of deceiving influences, using images, ideas, innuendo and intrigue to present notions to our minds that may begin as mere whims, but which can result in grave darkness leading to countless negative spiritual, moral and physical pathologies in our lives (II Corinthians 4:4).
“If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:23).
The devil primarily targets born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ with deception and distraction. He has already “blinded the minds of them which believe not” (II Corinthians 4:4). Thus, we expect such ones to possess minds full of strange, perverse and destructive notions. Christians, however, should expect to “walk in the light as He is in the light” (I John 1:7). We have the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Bible, and the influence of fellow believers to keep our hearts and minds illuminated. Satan wars against us nevertheless, allowed by God to tempt us with darkness in order to provide opportunity for greater availing ourselves of Divine light.
Do we recognize the workings of our enemy, and the proclivity of our flesh to respond to his deceptions? If so, a question must often present itself to our minds about God, life, people, circumstances, events, and ourselves. “Is what I am believing true? Or have I responded to the lies of the world, the flesh (including my own) and the devil?” We best respond to this question with the request voiced by the Psalmist, who wisely recognized his susceptibility to deception, and more importantly, the only One who could deliver him…
“Search me, o God, and know my heart. Try me and know my thoughts. See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”