Can I Come In?

Little five year old boys don’t usually want to play with girls putting on makeup – unless it is boring because there are no other boys around. That changes everything. At least it did for Jude, my grandson. My four granddaughters had locked themselves in the... read more

My Mother’s Christmas Wish

Devotion: When I was a little girl, the number one question I asked all my family before December 25th was “What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my sisters and my brother, my mother and my father. It was a huge question for me because my funds were limited to a small... read more

Warning! Warning!

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV)

My oldest daughter has different identifying rings on her cell phone for each family member who calls her. I found out recently quite by accident that she has an especially “unique” one for me.
She had misplaced her phone so she asked me to call her on mine. Imagine my surprise when I heard a male British voice call out repeatedly from her coat pocket: “Warning! Warning! It’s your mother calling!”
We all had a good laugh over it but a thought occurred to me: what if we had a warning like that in our lives the minute Satan was getting ready to throw sin in front of us? “Warning! Warning! It’s the Evil Liar attacking!” That identifying ring would instantly let us know what was about to happen.
But do we need a warning like that?
Look at today’s Key Scripture from 2 Corinthians 11:14. We are told that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” Wait a minute. 1 Peter 5:8 says something entirely different. We are told that “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
So which is it? Well, both descriptions are correct.
Satan is sneaky and he does everything he can to keep us from knowing when he is going to attack – even to the point of disguising himself. He may try to sneak in your heart in the form of pride or he may try to sway your decisions with the promise of money or power. He may roar into your life through drugs or he may be the seemingly innocent voice who whispers of a more “fun” life outside your marriage.
Since Satan’s assaults against us take so many different forms, do we need an identifying “ring” in our lives to warn us whenever he is attacking?
The good news is that we have the Holy Spirit living in us and HE warns us every day through the Word when we are being attacked – subtly or not so subtly – by Satan. Nothing gets by the Spirit but it is up to us to be in the Word and to be listening for His warnings to us.
How can you recognize the warnings of the Spirit? By planting yourself in the Bible. By prayer every day – not just when problems hit. By asking the Spirit to speak to your heart and by listening for his encouragement.
Warning! Warning! It’s the Spirit calling!

Father, thank you for the Holy Spirit you sent to live in me and warn me to be on guard when Satan is attacking. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Have you ever felt like you were blindsided by Satan with sin?

Did you ask the Holy Spirit to guide you? Why or why not?

With every situation that comes into your life that you are unsure of, pray this immediately: “Is this from You, God?”

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you through Scripture for answers and write each one down in your journal.

2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV) “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

John 14:26 (NIV) “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
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