Satan Wears a Costume
Daily Devotional for October 30th
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Before Satan was cast out of Heaven from the presence of God, he was created by God as a beautiful angel. Ezekiel reveals the details of the jewels and stones that covered him. However, when Satan fell in the beginning, the Lord declared of him that he would be a terror, and neither shall he be anymore. (Ezekiel 28:19)
From that time until now, Satan cannot present himself as he really is because in doing so, he will drive the entire world from him. He rather must resort to disguising himself as being someone or something he is not, as to be more appealing to the world. The word “transform” means to transfigure or disguise. Satan disguised himself as just another animal in the Garden of Eden. His costume in Eden caused him to be effective enough to deceive Eve into partaking of the only thing God commanded them not.
Paul said do not marvel; for Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. This is exactly what he was be before he was exiled from Heaven. However, the Lord revealed that he would ever be a terror. The world cannot see past its natural eyesight. What appears to be harmless is acceptable unto most. But unto all who are born again, it’s difficult for the devil to hide or disguise himself. The presence of Lucifer is such a distinct presence that all of God’s people recognize him even though he cannot be seen.
Paul finally declared that not only does Satan have a costume to deceive, but his ministers wear costumes as well. As a matter of fact, they masquerade as ministers of God. They portray God’s messengers so as to deceive and lead people astray. We must be aware that Satan and his ministers disguise themselves in order to deceive. The remedy is to look continually to Jesus for truth and discernment, and not to man. We must also try the spirits and see whether they be of God. (1 John 4:1) We must also walk in the Spirit so as to listen to the Lord to reveal to us when the devil is at work in our lives. If you’re having trouble seeing the devil, it could be that he is wearing a costume of innocence and purity. We need to ask the Lord to unveil our eyes so that we can see the enemy when he comes in to deceive.