By Lou Yeboah
Tricked, backstabbed, [hoodwinked, bamboozled, lead astray, run amok and flat out deceived ̶ Malcom X] believing, the lies of Satan. Jesus clearly revealed Satan’s intentions: He said in, [John 10:10] “The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy.” Satan’s ultimate goal is to promote death and destruction, as the Bible makes clear. I tell you; you’ve been had, tricked, and backstabbed. The devil was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. [John 8:44].
Be sober [watch], be vigilant [stay awake]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [1 Peter 5:8]. The devil is active and working to take hold over your entire life. His ultimate goal is to steal you away from God, through lies, distorting your view of God, and appealing to your fleshly desires. And so far, he has done well, got you believing that you can continue on the destruction path that you are on without any consequences. The devil is a liar! You better repent before it is too late! Cause living in sin means playing a game that you cannot win. And sooner or later, sin’s consequences will catch up with you [Leviticus 20 and Deuteronomy 22].
I tell you; you’ve been had, tricked, and backstabbed, just like Adam and Eve in the garden [Genesis 2:16-17]. The devil showed up in the garden and deceived man into eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that he could not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because he would surely die if he had done so. Yet Satan came along and whispered in Eve’s ear that they would not die if they ate from the tree, and that they would be like God, knowing good and evil [Genesis 3:2-5]. Believing the lies of the devil, Adam and Eve ate from the tree and from that, both sin and death entered into the world. Don’t let his lies deceive you into compromising your obedience to God. You have an enemy. His number one weapon against you is a lie, and if you believe that lie, your onward progress will stop with God.
You see, the Bible describes Satan as the prince of this world who opposes God and lies to you, to appeal to the appetites of your flesh. “I don’t want you to be ignorant of his devices.” He’s a schemer. [2 Corinthians 2:11]. Scripture tells us that those who end up falling for the devil’s tricks, and are fully convinced to follow him, that God will give them over to a debased mind [Romans 1:28] and that they will be condemned because they did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness [2 Thessalonians 2:11-12]. I tell you, you’ve been had, tricked, backstabbed, “hoodwinked, bamboozled, lead astray, run amok and flat out deceived.”
It’s time to wake up! Do not give place to the devil [Ephesians 4:27]. Resist him and he will flee [James 4:7]. Learn to recognize the devil’s lies, reject those lies and replace them with the Truth of God’s Word. Only then can you live the way you were meant to live. The devil had your past, but he shall not have your future! Declare war on him –Make up your mind that you are going to resist him. Become indignant about the damage he has done in your life and the lives of those you love. Determine you are going to do everything to keep him from invading your life anymore. Verbally declare that he has no place in your life and mean it. Arm yourself – [Ephesians 6:10-17 – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5], and FIGHT! [1 Timothy 6:12] God has authorized you to stand against the enemy. [Ephesians 6:10-18]. Go to battle because your life depends on it!
And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. [Revelation 20:10].