Exposing Satan’s Camouflage
I continue to be overwhelmed by the fact that I serve a God who sees me in my trouble, and sends just what I need exactly when I need it. Very blessed by this gift from a dear friend, and reminded of who I am in Christ.
As Christians, we are to be “in this world but not of this world”, right? (John 15:19) The concept is easy enough, but application of it is a little bit more challenging.
When previously meditating on this particular Jesus teaching, I would see it expanded as something like: don’t make idols in my heart, don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t use foul language, don’t gossip, don’t lie, don’t covet, don’t commit adultery.
But a few months ago, God expanded my understanding of this verse.
It started with having a dream about a “fallen” deer stand– it was turned over on it’s side in a dark parking lot. I was standing on the ladder– which in it’s current condition, was no longer useful for leading me to new heights. More interesting was that the next day, I had a vision while praying over this simple, but bizarre symbolism.
I sit just behind the tree line of a fairly expansive meadow, taking in the lush tranquility of God’s creation before me. The sun was just rising over the horizon in the distance, illuminating the beautiful colors of the field. From the height of my stand, I could see the magnificent sea of green grass and patches of purple flowers. Suddenly, I felt an uneasiness within me and became guarded. Intensely thick fog began creeping over the same horizon, blocking sunlight completely. As it continued advancing towards me, I realized that I could no longer see the field. I was entirely blinded by the gray heaviness of its presence.
After experiencing this, I began putting two and two together, and knew something was headed my way. But what did the fog represent?
At that point, I got up and went on about my day. Wrapping myself around a longgggg “to do list” and being distracted from my morning vision, I found myself two hours later pacing back and forth through the house like I had ants in my pants. I mean, I was so nervous I LITERALLY did not know what to do with myself. And for what reason?
Beginning to physically make myself sick and on the verge of an anxiety attack, I dropped where I was and started praying… When I was taken back to that same deer stand:
Fog was encased around me, and previous sentiments of uneasiness cocooned into an alerted sense of danger… As I squinted, I could barely make out little black figures stealthily advancing towards the base of my stand under the shadowy camouflage of fog. In this moment, I began speaking against the fog– against spirits of doubt and confusion, worry and fear, death and destruction– in spirit AND truth. My eyes were instantly drawn to the sky, where I saw something like a mighty wind (the Holy Spirit) manifest and begin blowing the fog completely from my border. As the fog retreated, rays of light (Jesus) began piercing through and I could now once again see the Sun (God the Father). Everything was restored to it’s proper order. [Check out John 16:13-15]
Peace rested on my shoulders in that moment, ultimately changing the outcome of my day.
Psalm 143 is titled A Cry for Help. Verse 3-4 reads:For the enemy has pursued me, crushing me to the ground, making me live in darkness like those long dead. My spirit is weak within me; my heart is overcome with dismay.
…To be in this world but not of this world– Some key points:
- If you are a born again Christian, you are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus.
- As a child of God, you are an enemy of Satan.
- You will face persecution, but you are entitled to God’s peace at ALL times.
- In our weakness, God’s strength is made perfect… IF we will continue looking to and trusting Him.
Satan is offended by a Christian who holds to the salvation of the cross, but he is threatened by a Christian who fully understands the placement in authority Jesus gave us through the cross.
Satan’s ultimate game plan is to kill, to steal, and to destroy. (John 10:10) And unfortunately, he’s not an idiot.
Satan’s Game Plan:
- He will try to trap you into sins like the ones I listed previously (idolatry, killing, stealing, using foul language, gossiping, lying, jealousy, adultery, etc..). He disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
- Did you know that before Satan fell from heaven, the Bible suggests he held the role of a worship leader? (Ezekiel 28:13-14) When he fell, the being he was created to be did not change. Translation: Why do you think that so much corruption colonizes within much of the music/media industry?
- If you are a parent, BE SMART– BE A PARENT. And yes, some country can be just as destructive as some rap– screen every genre.
2. With our eyes set on God, we are at peace, we are focused, we are steady, we are sure. Satan knows this, and as we grow in Christ, the less obvious he becomes when he attacks. He realizes he can’t knock you down from your righteous standing with God by trapping you in sin the same way he use to. If he cannot entice you to invite sin into your life, he will move on to invasion.
- Many times, he sends a decoy: The fog. He will try to blind you with: BUSYNESS, worry, anxiety, confusion and fear. This camouflage of Satan will keep you from praying and clearly hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, remembering the power of Jesus’s name, and seeing the love of the Father.
- Do NOT forget who you are. You are IN this world but not OF this world– you must live by FAITH and not by SIGHT.
When we are blinded and can’t see God, not only can we not see Him and His will for us, but we also cannot determine the greater enemies that are beginning to intrude our territory. This breaks God’s heart.
Luke 19:41-44 says:“As He (Jesus) approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
So I ask: Can you clearly see what’s on your border? Can you see the Father?
Does Satan have you trapped in sin? Do not be deceived, there is freedom in Christ– mind, body, soul, and spirit.
- John 8: 31,32
- 2 Corinthians 3:16
- 2 Corinthians 4:1-4
- Galatians 4:8,9
- Galatians 5:16-26
- Ephesians 4:17-32, 5:1-21
Does Satan have you blinded in a fog? Put on your armor and issue your sword– Be steadfast in prayer and ask for God’s peace, SPEAK OUT LOUD the promises of God. Have faith.
- 1 Corinthians 16:13
- Ephesians 1:17-23
- Ephesians 2:6,7
- Ephesians 6:10-18
- Ephesians 3:10-13, 20-21
If you allow yourself to be surrounded by the enemy today, who is it in your life that will be brought down with you?