Devilish D’s by Kirk Talley

One of the darkest subjects and least attractive being

to consider is SATAN! His name means

“adversary,” and he is called by at least 26 names

in the New Testament alone. Even more, all his names

denote deception, evil and/or danger. Satan is no laughing

matter! As Christ ever lives to make intercession for His

followers before God (Heb. 7:25), the devil lives to make

iniquity reign in our mortal bodies! He deals in deceit and,

as one man noted, deserves a D.D degree! In order to be

more aware of his devilish dealings, let’s study some of his

“Devilish D’s” today.

His first Devilish D is DIVERSION. Satan longs to divert

the minds of God’s people away from their service to the

King. Satan blinds their minds so that their faith will waver

and their belief will diminish. It is for this reason that Paul

warned Christians not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices.

Second Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the god of this world

hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest

the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the

image of God, should shine unto them.” And, 2

Corinthians 2:11: “Lest Satan should get an advantage

of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Being

aware of his desire to divert will aid us on our daily spiritual

battles.

Second of all is DELUSION. A delusion is a false belief of

assumption. We know that Satan is bad; therefore, he

transforms himself into things that appear to be good (2

Cor. 11:4). To the disobedient are sent “strong delusions”

(2 Thess. 2). One might question God’s sending these

delusions when comparing this verse to James 1:13-16. The

truth of the matter is that God does not tempt man, but

rather He allows man to be tempted by the delusions. Those

with a strong faith in God will rise above the delusion and

be delivered from the temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).

Satan also has DOUBT as one of his Devilish D’s. In

reading Romans 14:23, we can conclude that the doubter is

damned if he eats. Satan tempted Peter with the seeds of

doubt in Christ (Luke 22:31; Matt. 14:31). Thomas doubted

the risen Savior until Christ reassured him (John 21:14-21).

Will doubt ever arise? Will my faith ever tremble? Most

certainly! It will be during these occasions that our faith

will be made stronger for the next occasion.

Last, but certainly not least, is the “D” of DARKNESS.

While the Scriptures clearly teach that as children of God

we have been delivered from darkness (Col. 1:13), you can

be sure that many find pleasure in the uncertainty of sin

and its temporal pleasure on earth. The Scriptures teach

that this “darkness” is ruled by none other than Satan himself

(2 Cor. 5:14; Eph. 6:12)!

As the old saying goes, “knowing is half the battle.” Maybe

with some of Satan’s Devilish D’s presented here we can

be better able to have victory over his trickery.

(From The Southwesterner, Aug 2008)

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