From the moment we meet, he is trying to deceive us. Sadly, our adversary often succeeds in tempting us to choose sin, as he did with the first human beings. In Genesis chapter 3, we see him disguised as a serpent and twisting the truth to manipulate Eve into doubting God’s goodness. We now call him Satan, or the devil, as he is clearly identified in Revelation 12. In this passage, a war is described in which the angels led by Michael fought against the great dragon (Satan) and his angels. The latter were forced out of heaven. Although we know Christ will someday put an end to our adversary’s evil, we are currently right in the middle of this epic battle for souls.
1. In what ways does the devil disguise himself in our current world?
2. How do you think Satan blinds the minds of those who don’t believe? (see 2 Corinthians 4:4)
Challenge: Read 1 Peter 5:8-9 and think about times you have been tempted in the past within the context of these verses. Next time you experience struggle, remember who your adversary really is – a prowling lion looking for someone to devour. “Stay alert!”