Ezekiel 28:17 ” Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”

It’s vital to know the enemy and his mode of operation…ask anyone who has served in the armed forces.  The Scripture here is a lament or an oracle against Satan.  It speaks of him being created blameless but then allowing wickedness and willful rebellious pride to enter him.   Our enemy, Satan, also has many alias or aka – Lucifer, prince of this world, father of lies, the evil one, the devil, our adversary, a deceptive angel of light.  His mode of operation is simple and yet very effective…it’s destruction, deception, and death.  But it’s also essential to know the enemy’s limitations.  It tells us in the Bible that if we resist the devil he must flee.(James 4:7)  And when we are equipped with the armor of God, we are able stand against him victoriously. (Ephesians 6:11)  Finally and most importantly…the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (I John 4:4)

II Samuel 16:1 ” When David had gone a short distance beyond the summit, there was Ziba, the steward of Mephibosheth, waiting for him…”

Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul.  And after their deaths,  in an act of kindness, King David had restored their property to the handicapped Mephibosheth.  This deal included Ziba, who had once been a servant in Saul’s household.  Within verses 1-4, Ziba cleverly manages to protect his own interests and accuse Mephibosheth of treachery and disloyalty  against King David…all the while spreading malice gossip and lies.  Sadly, King David took Ziba at his word and did not check it out first for authenticity before hastily responding.  He reacted rather than acting in a responsible way…and thus was easily swayed by deception and drama.

Ezekiel 13:10-11 ” Because they lead My people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with white wash, therefore tell those who cover it with white wash that it is going to fall.”

The Old Testament prophets warned the people of those who would come telling them what they wanted to hear, and not always the whole truth. They led the people astray with deception and lies, by making excuses, and hiding or muddling the facts.   The world hasn’t changed much –  in that we call it spinning the truth now a days.  Any story can be spun to the negative or to the positive, depending on the audience listening.  The truth can be covered over by differing points of view or even the interpretation of the reporter.  Sadly, we have become  accustomed to having the truth distorted in some way to make it more palatable to the masses…and in doing so, the world wanders farther and farther from God.

John 10:10 ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “

Make no bones about it – Satan would like you dead…and He’s out to kill you by any means he can.  He’d love to get you entangled in an addiction that would take your life, or get you to compromise and make bad choices that would lead to your demise.  You see, Satan doesn’t have an ounce of compassion or regard for you.  He’d rather take your joy…ruin your life…and ravage your body than watch you grow strong in the Lord.  But in Jesus Christ…you are stronger than any threat Satan can throw your way…you are more powerful than any addiction that holds you bound…and you are tougher than you could ever imagine yourself.