Never take for granted how clever the enemy is at trying to come between us and the God of our salvation.
He has been busy at trying to influence the lives of God’s children for thousands of years. The bible tells us that he disguises himself as an angel of light…
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NKJV)
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
He is a deceiver and the father of all lies…
As you may already know, the very word devil comes from the Greek word diablos meaning slanderer, accusing falsely, deceiver. Even Jesus calls him out when rebuking the religious leaders…
John 8:44 (NKJV)
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources,for he is a liar and the father of it.
One of his favorite methods is to use us (most of the time unintentionally) against the one’s we love.
He disguises himself inside of sincere love and good intentions. Remember how Yeshua, Christ Jesus, responded to Peter when he spoke up in what he thought was support of Jesus…
Matthew 16:21-23 (NKJV)
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, [a]“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are [b]an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Jesus didn’t even address Peter. He addressed the enemy directly.
Think of the fact that the enemy used Eve to get to Adam and Adam quickly shifted the blame to his wife…
Genesis 3:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Wow! So, how many times has that happened to us in our lives?
How many times has the enemy used husbands, wives, sons and daughters to distract their loved ones from their focus on God’s word?
How many times have you seen a loved one being misused and instead of telling them to turn the other cheek, you told them to retaliate?
How many times has someone been ready to speak up against sin, wrong or injustice and because of the certain backlash a loved one said, “You better leave that alone”.
How many times have we held a love one back who was maturing and growing in Christ because of the changes it would force us to make?
How many times has a loved one wanted to give help to someone in need and we discouraged them…for whatever reason?
How many times have we hurt or hated someone because they hurt or hated someone we love?
How many times has a loved one given bad advice contrary to the word of God from their flesh?
How many traditions that God has forbidden have we allowed to continue through thousands of generations because we felt we were letting our children miss out on something?
Once when I spoke up against the sin of homosexuality, a family member told me (just for the record, it was not my wife), “You better leave that subject alone because if might make some people angry and prevent your music and your ministry from being accepted”
This relative didn’t mean any harm. They made that statement out of genuine concern for me, but they were being just like Peter. God wants me to trust Him with my ministry and music despite what people may say or do.
Can you think of a time when the devil used a loved one against you? Can you think of a time you have do so?
The good news is that God has given us discernment, so the enemy doesn’t catch us by surprise…
2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV)
11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Be very careful of your ‘Peter’ moments. Don’t let the enemy use you against the people in your life.