The very name Lucifer is taken from the word luciferous, which means "bringing or providing light or illumination." In Satan's case, it is a false light—one that deceives rather than illuminates the Truth.
The reason the enemy appears as an angel of light is because he imitates God. Satan wants us to believe that he is as powerful as God. The Bible describes him as the "god of this age," and there are millions of people who unknowingly follow him and his leading each and every day (see 2 Corinthians 4:4).
Every blessing God provides, Satan seeks to pervert and distort.
Paul, however, was intent on bringing true light—the light of the Gospel. He reminds each one of us that once "you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient" (Ephesians 2:1-2).
However, the fact is that Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin. This does not give us the occasion to boast or to drop our guard. Every gift God gives, Satan counterfeits. Every blessing God provides, Satan seeks to pervert and distort. Every miracle the Lord performs, Satan tries to imitate.
Godly discernment is one of the most powerful tools available to the believer. If you feel as though the enemy is deceiving you, pray and ask God to open your eyes to His Truth.
Prayer: Father, please open my eyes to Your Truth so I may overcome any areas where the enemy is deceiving me. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"God placed all things under his feet" (Ephesians 1:22).
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