I have a question for you, but you can't look down and read the rest of the devotional. You have to read the question, then answer. OK? Here is the question: In your mind what does satan look like?
I am sure that if you do a google search for images of satan or devil you will get pictures of this red person with horns, pointy tail, an the infamous pitch fork. Is that what you imagined? So what does satan look like?
I used to think that until I became closer to Christ, moving me more to the front line, thus knowing my enemy better. To me ( This is clearly my opinion, not fact) satan is the most beautiful creature, being short of Christ, but, the most ugly thing that you have ever witnessed on the inside.
You might ask why would I think this? Well, if satan is ugly and a being that makes you afraid, that would be too easy for us. You would see him, or be tempted by him and run, sin would not appeal to you. But, if satan were beautiful, like sin is at first, it would be very tempting, and hard to resist. If you remember back to Ezekiel 28:12-17 God referred to satan as "Perfect in beauty."
So, why focus on satan or his ways? Well, if you have taken a stand and committed your life to Christ, you now have a mortal enemy. You have taken Christ's side in the spiritual war that is raging on around us. satan will do anything in his power to take you out.
If you do not prepare yourself and know how your enemy is going to attack, you will find yourself another casualty. satan will tempt you, you will fall to his temptation, maybe become discouraged and want to give up all this Jesus stuff. BAM, satan has you right where he wants you. Ineffective for Jesus.
In closing, Jesus was tempted, the model and example of perfection for us. Did you notice how Jesus responded to satan's attacks? Jesus quotes scripture back to satan, did you notice satan's counterattacks after the scripture? There were none. he tried two more times then left. If you do not read your Bible, you are going into the battle with NOTHING on your side. Know your enemy and how he attacks, then kick his butt with the Sword of the Spirit.
The Temptation of Jesus
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you, 'and 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'"Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'" Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, "All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve. Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.