Folks, I rarely speak about the devil, am more in my element speaking about God but please indulge me today. Today while studying I got thinking about him and his ways. Did you know that the devil is very legalistic?

 

Job 6-7One day when the angels came to report to God, Satan, who was the Designated Accuser, came along with them. Why did Satan come to this meeting? Could it because Angels were summoned and he considered himself to be one of them?

 

“What have you been up to?” the Lord asked him, interesting conversation this is. Satan answered God, “Going here and there, checking things out on earth.”
Hehehe I would hate to be checked out by Satan. The conversation continued.
God said to Satan, “Have you noticed my friend Job? There’s no one quite like him—honest and true to his word, totally devoted to God and hating evil.”
This is a fairly decent conversation as far as am concerned. Reminds me of someone who told me that its wisdom to respect Satan as you deal with him.

Satan retorted, “So do you think Job does all that out of the sheer goodness of his heart? Why, no one ever had it so good! You pamper him like a pet, make sure nothing bad ever happens to him or his family or his possessions, bless everything he does—he can’t lose!

“But what do you think would happen if you reached down and took away everything that is his? He’d curse you right to your face, that’s what.

Interesting conversation this is turning out to be. Do you notice how Satan is looking for loopholes to use to justify Job’s faithfulness? Do not be deceived this is the same way he treats you and me.

God replied, “We’ll see. Go ahead—do what you want with all that is his. Just don’t hurt him.” Then Satan left the presence of God.

Satan brought a legal argument before God and he got his day in court. I shudder to think of the legalese he uses to accuse you and I. God listened to him and gave him his day. I have never brought my small mind to grasp how that happened. This is one of the many questions I will ask in heaven may be over breakfast. This brings to mind another conversation this one with the son of God.
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.
Far too many conversations if you ask me. On this one still Satan got his way and truly Peter got his sifting.

My friend 2 Corinthians 2:11 comes to mind – lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. Satan has ways and devices to get to us. He is such a strategist and a legalist and to think any less of him puts us in trouble.

My friend don’t just jump up and down binding and loosing Satan without a plan and a strategy. Many times it ends up being just empty noise while he continues having his way with you. Picture a scenario where an enemy is going to war, a lot of planning and strategy is done even before the actual battle. This is no different. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you! Think about this as I finish, even the archangel knew when not to accuse the enemy and instead asked the Lord to rebuke him on his behalf.

Treat the devil wisely and you will be better for it.

Have a victorious day.

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