The Wiles of the Devil -A Master of Disguise

Introduction:

  • Would you recognize the devil if you met him on the street? “Of course,” you say!  “He’s the one with the pointed ears, horns and long tail.  He’s the one who carries a pitchfork with him everywhere he goes.”
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that simple? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could immediately recognize every temptation to sin because you were confronted by Satan with such an appearance as that?  Don’t be fooled.  That’s not the way it is at all!
  • When we consider the wiles, or tricks, of the devil, one of his greatest tricks is his ability to disguise himself – he is truly a master of disguise.

Discussion:

  • Our text teaches us that Satan often disguises himself as religious people who have all the appearance of righteousness. Many people don’t even stop to consider that Satan has servants out working for him every day.  They’re out there.  They’re active.  And they don’t always look like you think they do.
    1. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 – “14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
    2. Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  • Satan often disguises sin as something that is pleasant, beautiful, something to be desired.
    1. 1 John 2:16 – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
    2. God created Adam and Eve and placed them in a beautiful garden. They were able to freely eat of every tree in the garden with the exception of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  But noticed what happened when Satan approached Eve.  Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

Conclusion:

  • The devil often approaches us in disguise. He knows if he appeared to be who he really is he would be easily recognized and avoided.
  • But, even when he comes to us in disguise, we can overcome his tactics!
    1. You don’t have to be a victim of Satan and his “ministers of light.” Acts 17:11 – “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
    2. You don’t have to be a victim of Satan when he disguises sin. 1 Peter 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”  Vigilant – alert, spiritually awake.