An Angel of Light?
Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 11
Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 11:14b, 15
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
Here is a strong, clear warning. Throughout this chapter Paul is building walls of spiritual protection around his friends and fellow believers. He is deeply concerned over the possibility of deception. He is determined that they will be protected from the false teaching of an evil spirit masquerading as an angel of light. We must not take these warnings lightly. Throughout the centuries, so called prophets have claimed to have messages from angels which are contrary to our historical understanding of the Christian faith, or which claim to add to the truth delivered by the Prophets, Jesus Himself, and the Apostles. If Satan cannot keep us from believing in Jesus, he will try to twist the truth, so as to move us away from the solid truths of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:11-16). Be on guard against people who “twist” the Scriptures “to their own destruction,” and want to drag you down with them (2 Peter 1:15-21).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I’m well aware that the deceiver comes masquerading as an angel of light. Help me through Your Word to rip off his mask, and reveal to my heart, mind, and spirit the deceptive thoughts the enemy would plant in me. By Your grace, may I behold Your face, Lord Jesus. In You, I will see the One who is called, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and I will not be deceived. In Your Name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I was 18 years old when a book captivated me so much that I shared it with a friend I was hoping to lead to Christ as Savior and Lord. After about a month, we were talking more about the subject of the book than about Jesus and alarm bells went off. I threw the book away. I determined to never bring up the subject again. It was a kind of conspiracy theory which I later learned was a total lie. The enemy almost succeeded in sidetracking me from the main thing. This is one of the reasons I’ve always placed the words of “The Apostles Creed” in a prominent place in our ministry. Following the deaths of the Apostles, Church leaders faced the so-called “angel of light” again and again. They fasted and prayed and produced the Apostle’s Creed.
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