Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph 6:16-17
It’s a complete oxymoron. It describes a rational approach of a person who is smiling outwardly, shaking your hand, making promises, even complimenting you. While at the same time he’s sabotaging you and possibly plotting your destruction.
Think of the vengeance-driven sociopath currying favor with someone who has hurt him in the past and who is now playing chummy to get close, so he can hurt the person back. He’s the pimp who lures the fifteen year old runaway into his web. He offers something of worth to the person for personal gain. This mentality is subtle, do whatever it takes to get the job done. We call it sleeping with the enemy.
This is the game of Satan. Suggestion and temptation are his friendly ploys. He acts like our best friend to soothe and stroke our sinful flesh. The world and the flesh take over after that. Plenty of God’s men think they can play Satan at his own game but they end up hooked into the consequences phase with demons manipulating their emotions to keep them safely trapped.
Once we’re conscious of and familiar with his craft we must realize that it’s not enough just to be knowledgeable, but we must use the tools that God has given us to do battle. Some of these are mentioned in our Bible verse above.
Father, You said it, I believe it, You and I will act on it.