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The 'Good' Devil, 7/22/16

The bible says that the enemy seeks to destroy:

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

So we know that this is true.  And wouldn't it be nice if we could expect him to always come out all teeth and claws and be easily recognizable.  But the reality is that he is craftier than that. He is cunning and subtle:

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?

Indeed the bible teaches us that he can disguise himself as an angel of light:

2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

He is not good in his heart, but he is capable of using good to accomplish his wicked ends.  This is how he deceived Adam and Eve into giving up their dominion over the earth:

Genesis 3:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

The tree that he tempted them to eat of was not the tree of the knowledge of evil but rather the tree of the knowledge of GOOD and evil:

Genesis 2:17
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

So we see that Satan knows how to subtly use good in his evil agenda.

This is what we are beginning to see at work on the world scene as never before in the history of the earth.  Satan is showing his 'good' side.  He has figured out that by using good he can deceive not only the unbelieving but some of those how have believed the message of the gospel.  This is going to grow greater and greater and many who once believed in the one true God will be deceived by it:

1 Timothy 4:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

2 Timothy 4:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables

2 Thessalonians 2:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

This has already begun and some famous christian leaders have been taken in by the pope who is the false prophet of the book of Revelation:

Revelation 16:13
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet

The pope presents himself as a good man and the world believes it.  This is the devil present his 'good' side.  We need to understand that although the devil loves to destroy, there is something he loves more: worship.   The greatest goal in the heart of the devil is to be worshiped as God. And he will give up his love to destroy in order to accomplish it, for a season.  He will do 'good' and even bring healing, in order to gain worship for himself:

2 Thessalonians 2:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

Some will doubtless argue that the enemy cannot heal. But consider this: much sickness comes from demonic attack. So how easy would it be for him to simply command one of his demons of cancer to simply leave the body of a cancer victim and make it look like a miracle of healing?   Yes, it is a counterfeit healing but there is a health benefit nonetheless. Yes, he will do this. Indeed he already does.  Many practitioners in the arts of darkness move in counterfeit healing already and there will be more.

In these time ahead, in order to gain the worship he desires, Satan will pour out a flood of counterfeit miracles and healings, signs and wonders. He will deceive those who do not love the truth:

2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The devil is not good, and ultimately he will try to destroy all of God's creatures and replace us with his children like Nephilim and chimera, but along the way he will gladly do 'good' in order to gain the worship of the world.

Many christians are vulnerable to this deception because they are chasing after miracles, signs and wonders instead of intimacy with Jesus and righteousness.  It is true that these signs should follow believers:

Mark 16:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

But as one wise sister in Christ said one time(not me): "Signs are to follow us, not us following after signs."

If we seek righteousness first, THEN these things will also be added:

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Indeed, seeking righteousness, not miracles and signs, is the way to escape the judgment of God:

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the Lord’s anger.

So in these times seek the Lord and his righteousness and do not be fooled by the 'good' things that the enemy does as part of the Great Delusion.  Your salvation is precious and you do not want to throw it away and wind up in eternal darkness.  It will happen to some in these times, may you not be among them.  God bless you.

Steve Pursell, 7/22/16