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10. Satan the fallen, warped and twisted one (as he is revealed in Isaiah 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!) wants to twist your thinking by putting sinful ideas to appealing music. Have you ever compared the words or lyrics of the songs you like and listen to—with God’s Word? Based on the lyrics of your music, would the Pure and Holy God of the Universe ever own that music, listen to that music, memorize that music? Are you slowly getting less and less offended by the suggestions, blatant sins, and foul language you hear in the background of your life through music? That is Satan the fallen, warped one twisting your thinking!
11. Satan the counterfeiter of truth (as he is revealed in II Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.) wants to confuse your emotions by corrupting your desires and drawing your affections to the wrong things. Whatever we love we look more like whoever or whatever it is. If we believe God’s Word is the ultimate truth we are guided closer each day to what God loves; if we are strangers to His truth then we are drawn further away from what pleases Him, glorifies Him, and magnifies Him. What is your source of truth God or Satan? There are only two sources of wisdom—above and below (James 3). Where is yours coming from? Do you know how to test the truth, verify the truth, and confirm the truth? Only God’s Word is the unfailing source of all truth needed for pleasing God. If you are not being filled by God through His Word with His truth—then you are being filled with counterfeit truth, not from God, nor pleasing Him. Loving the world (anything that doesn’t please God) is the sure road to confusion, corruption, and emptiness. That is how Satan the counterfeiter confuses your emotions, desires, and affections.
12. Satan the original idolater and covetous one (as he is revealed in Isaiah 14:13-14 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ [He coveted what wasn’t his but God’s.]) wants to get you drooling over stuff, to the neglect of your family life, church life, and spiritual life—in order to get it; and then he wants to darken you with discouragement once you get it because you will only want more. Is there an endless list in your mind of things you wish you could get, that others have? Like cars, houses, clothes, electronic gear, trips, money, and so on? Do you sit and try to find ways to get those things? Are you willing to sacrifice for them? Do you ever sacrifice time with God, time with the saints gathered at church, time in His Word, time in prayer—in order to get those things? Do the desires for those things sometimes push God right out of your thoughts? If your answer was YES to any of the above, watch out, you may be covetous and an idolater. Idolatry is ANYTHING that takes God’s rightful place in the life of His children. If work, entertainment, money-making, pleasure-seeking, collection-gathering, bodybuilding, beauty-enhancing, and so on have begun to erode God’s place in your life that is idolatry. Satan the original idolater and covetous one wants to make you drool for something other than God so that you begin to slowly neglect God, neglect His Word, neglect His gathered people, neglect memorization of His Word, prayer and other disciplines of a godly life.