Every so often, there is someone that makes a mark…that does/says/institutes something that effects the way society runs, the way that people interact, the way that we view the world. Some of these people are recognized by awards…Nobel Peace Prize, for example. Some are forever immortalized, good or bad, in our History Books-Mother Theresa & Hitler, just to name a few. The point is, it is within the makeup of our race to recognize notable contribution.
It’s become such a common expectation that it is now immortalized in slang—“You Better Recognize”.
So, I decided today, to recognize one of the greatest masterminds/contributors this world has ever seen….
No, I didn’t mean to type Santa, and no, you didn’t mis-read. I meant to put Satan. Lucifer: The Prince of Darkness, esquire.
I mean, you gotta hand it to Evil Bro—he’s had some pretty impressive strategies and impacts on every culture, worldwide. Take the removal and subsequent demonization of Fathers in most societies. Fathers have, since the beginning of time, provided covering, identity and purpose. They were set up that way, to reflect the defining Fatherhood of God. Soooo, to dim the reality, the glasses which we view God through have to be fogged. The effect of taking Dad out…duh duh dunnnnnn…our image of God, like it or not, now is tainted.
Ohhh, or Divorce! Another brilliant play by the accuser of the breather. Broken fellowship, broken covenant, broken heart. Once we are weighed down by a perverted brand of brokenness, we tend to lose sight of the beauty that comes from a broken and contrite spirit. If the most binding type of covenant we know can be easily dissolved, if people can fall in and out of love…how can an eternal Covenant with someone we can’t see hope to last through our shortcomings, failures and infidelities? How can we trust that God is keeping up his end when we don’t even have confidence in our own commitment?
Another great contribution: Greed. Just a tweak or two here of the promise of being fulfilled in God, and now we can trust ourselves to find satisfaction apart from his Presence. After all, it’s easier running after things we can see and feel than running after someone we can’t.
So, yes, today, I am giving MAD PROPS to Satan for his clever, calculating-albeit unoriginal-corrupting of God’s plan. And as believers, we HAD BETTER RECOGNIZE!
I’m not trying to make the Devil out to be anything bigger than the most futile individual (I mean really, who contends with God for so long and still has hopes of winning…only a very delusional, very sad being) than he is. He’s not the opposite of God, he’s not God’s nemesis (that would imply there is actually some clash or opportunity for a fight….and if I recall correctly, he’s was thrown from Heaven, not backed down or forced to retreat…thrown forcibly). But if we fail to recognize the marks he’s left and the snares he’s put out, we are upping his status to Contender, as opposed to the actual Defeated Status he has.
There are a reason these tactics have been so successful, and I really think it comes from a lack of recognition. Let’s guard our hearts.
Dad’s…be dad’s, you’ve been given an amazing position that others don’t have…to be a reflection of Father God to your children. How you steward that will help shape how they view their Heavenly Daddy. Husbands/Wives…you also are carrying an important word picture that the World needs to see intact. Love each other as Christ loves the church; submit to each other and pursue one another with the same dedication you would want to be pursued with. Don’t give up on each other. And to all believers, seek satisfaction in God…let his presence be the fullest reward this world will ever see. Don’t be a tool in the hands of defeated foe, but be a light held in grasp of a Victorious Warrior, inviting those stumbling off the battle field to their intended Haven.
Sorry this one is so long, and obviously this isn’t the complete resume of the Devil-imagine how much longer it would have been. But that’s where you come in…what are some other tactics that we should RECOGNIZE? Jump in!