This entry is part 25 of 28 in the series Devotionals

Every Christian is a target for Satan. Satan is a deceiver and Christians are at the top of his hit list. Don’t believe everything someone says to you just because they have the name prophet, evangelist, apostle, preacher, teacher, or even Christian, behind their name. Whatever they say, line it up with Scripture. 

In Acts, 17:11, the Word of God says that the Bereans, cross-checked everything that the Apostle Paul preached. “And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth” (Acts 17:11). The Bereans didn’t just take Paul’s word. They searched the scriptures. 

Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Satan’s tactics, schemes and strategies are always carefully planned to deceive and outwit God’s people. His primary work is DECEPTION.

Satan is a spiritual thief and every believer is marked as his target. Jesus Christ told us: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly ” (John 10:10). The only way we can stop Satan at his game is to know God’s voice and know the truth. 

DON’T believe everything you’re told just because someone wears the name prophet, evangelist, apostle, preacher, pastor, bishop, teacher, best friend, reverend, cousin, aunty, uncle, or Christian, behind their name. Search the Scriptures diligently to see if what you’ve heard is true. If you belong to Christ, you are Satan’s number one target to bring down. Satan is not playing a game with us and he is not using play darts. He’s powerful, vicious, and deceptive and he wants to destroy our relationship with Christ. May we stay sober-minded, alert and stand firm. The end is not far off.

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