There is a story about a horse. Not just any horse, but a magnificent horse that stood several stories tall and was carved out of wood. It was a gift to the people of Troy signifying the end of a 10 year war with the Greek nation.
The city of Troy accepted this generous gift and wheeled the horse into their city gates. They placed it in a prominent place among city dwellers as a symbol of peace between the two cities.
Little did they know that this beautifully crafted horse was not what it seemed. Inside its hollow belly, Greek soldiers waited. When the city was asleep, the soldiers quietly came out of their hiding place.
They opened the gates to the city allowing the rest of the army to enter. By morning, the city was no longer and the Greeks had won the war.
Although this is only a mythical story, we can learn from it. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says:
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light
Throughout the Bible, the devil rarely appears as himself. Instead, he presents himself as something good in order to deceive us with his lies.
In Genesis, the evil one showed himself to Eve as a snake. He used his crafty and deceitful words to entice her to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He tells her in Genesis 3:4-5:
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
He painted a pleasing picture for Eve who ate the delicious fruit and shared it with her husband, Adam.
Adam and Eve quickly learned that the pretty fruit wrapped in a bow of promises of wisdom was not as good as it had first seemed. Genesis 3: 23-24 says:
So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
They paid the consequences for their sin and could no longer dwell in the presence of the Almighty God or walk with him in the garden.
What about you friend? What does the devil disguise himself as to tempt you? For me, it’s that piece of chocolate covered caramel that calls my name. It tells me to worry about my diet tomorrow for today I can take pleasure in this delicious candy.
When giving in to these temptations, we can become spiritually withdrawn but we don’t need to be afraid. God has provided for us. Psalm 119:105 says:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
We cannot decipher between the lies of the devil and the truthful light of God without reading His Word. Only then are we given the wisdom to see the difference.
Schedule time each day to read and study God’s Word. Let it become your light so that you will not be deceived anymore.
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