Telltale Traps of Satan
Jesus didn’t hesitate to out Satan when His radar picked up his telltale traps. His radar squawked and blinked red for a number of reasons. If we look carefully, we can get a picture of his unrepentantly evil character we’re dealing with. Watch and learn from the master. And remember, He is the God-Man who lives in you. Here is what He had to say about Satan:
He has murderous intent. “If you were Abraham’s children,’ said Jesus, ‘then you would do the things Abraham did. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.” John 8:39
He lies and deceives to justify evil actions. “You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44.
He practices self-interest and self-gratification at others’ expense, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.
He uses mental diversion and distraction to eliminate spiritual transformation. “The seed is the word of God, those along the path are the ones that hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.” Luke 8:11-12.
When I see Paul and Barnabas acting so confidently, I see Jesus continuing to live through them, unmasking the Devil. When God’s man sees the character of Satan and distinguishes between the manipulator and the person being manipulated, it is a huge blow to Satan’s work. Satan hates to be seen. Jesus knew this. That’s why he never entered situations with his radar turned off.
Thank you Father for the beeps and blinks you have supplied through your Holy Spirit.