Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 316

From Handbook to God’s Promises


2 Corinthians 11:14: The Deceiver

Our culture depicts Satan as a creature with horns, a tail, and a fiendish laugh. Actually, the devil rarely arrives on the scene in an ugly form—that would be too obvious. Much like C.S. Lewis’s Uncle Screwtape in his Screwtape Letters, Satan approaches us as one offering exactly the thing we most desire—something that in and of itself doesn’t seem so “bad,” and yet invariably something that will deflect our focus from Christ.

Christian, beware! Satan is not our friend. Whatever he offers will push us further than we want to go and cost us much more than we would ever expect to pay.