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cropped-rose-4.gifRomans 16:18, “By smooth words and flattering speech [they] deceive the hearts of the simple”

Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”

My friend’s chicken coop was invaded by rats. Attracted by the feed, they had moved in for the duration. He had asked some of his friends for help and he set out a couple of traps. However, after a week my friend hadn’t caught a single one. Then a farmer friend offered some advice. “No rat,” he said, “will touch an exposed trap. You must disguise it with food. Fill a pan with meal and place the trap in it. Then cover it well with meal so it is completely hidden.” It worked! The next morning my friend had a big fat rat. This reminded me that the devil knows this trick also. He carefully disguises his trap with truth.

Nowhere is it better seen than in the numerous false cults and religions in the world today. All set their traps of error in a pan of meal. Many quote the Bible and preach a certain amount of gospel truth. They talk about prayer, Jesus Christ and the Bible. But under the layer of truth is the trap of error. My brethren, this is the age of deception. The Bible, God’s Eternal Word, warns us to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1) and beware of deceivers (2 Timothy 3:13; 2 John 7). The only antidote against the clever deceptions that come in the name of Christ (Mark 13:5-6) is to know your Bible. Be rooted and grounded in the Word of truth (Colossians 2:6-8). “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and above all beware of satan’s traps.

Further thoughts:

In an article for Youth Ministries magazine, a 14-year veteran of the Navy SEALs describes the color-code system they use to indicate levels of combat readiness. Each stage has a parallel in spiritual warfare for the believer, such as:

(1) Condition WHITE – The soldier is relaxed and daydreaming, unaware of his surroundings. A believer in this condition is easy prey for satan;

(2) Condition YELLOW – The soldier is relaxed physically but alert mentally. A believer at this level may sense trouble coming, but is not ready to confront it;

(3) Condition ORANGE – The soldier is physically prepared, mentally alert, and ready to fight. A believer at this stage has on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), and

(4) Condition RED – As in condition orange, the soldier is ready to fight. The difference is experience.

Thus, a battle-seasoned believer in the Lord knows quickly what to do because of their experience and familiarity with Scriptures. So, my beloved, wherever we are as followers of Christ; at work, in the mall, on a business trip, even among fellow believers; we need to know about satan’s methods and be prepared to resist. He always seems to attack at our most vulnerable moments. However, if we stay alert, focused and armed with the Whole Armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10:18, we can fend off his most powerful attacks. Thinking it over:

(1) Which color code describes your spiritual condition?
(2) How have you responded recently to temptation?
(3) Are you studying and obeying God’s eternal Word?

Satan often disguises error with a veneer of truth and spiritual victory comes only to those who are prepared for battle.