“Till death do us part!” – are words promised by married couples to each other. Beautiful!
But these words are the words of the devil to us too… TILL DEATH DO US PART! The Devil will never stop tempting us for the rest of our life not until we fall into his lair. He hates us so much. His envy towards us is to great. For we are LOVED AND FORGIVEN BY GOD, while he remains in darkness with his unrepentant heart, deeply rooted anger, his vengeance and confusion.
Till death do us part. The devil will never stop DECEIVING us to GET US. He tells us three basic lies to control us, tempting us with wealth, power and glory.
The Devil tells us that SIN IS OBSOLETE. It is a thing of the past, irrelevant and pathetic. He will insist – do what you want, for you deserve it. Enjoy everything. Think of yourself. Ignore others – for they are also selfish. Grab anything you like. There is no such thing as sin. We control our lives. YET THIS IS NOT TRUE. How do we explain our guilt, confusion and sadness whenever we sin? WE ARE BEING DECEIVED!
The devil tells us that WE ARE IMMORTAL. We are forever young and powerful, as long as we are rich, powerful and famous. Don’t think of dying or getting old. Enjoy everything now. What is important is what you possess. Money will make us happy. YET THIS S NOT TRUE. We are mortals. We are slowly dying every day. One of these, we will be six feet under the ground. WE ARE BEING DECEIVED!
The devil tells us that INSTANT, QUICK FIXES AND SHORTCUTS are the pleasures of life. Sacrifices, the long process, the long wait are useless. Why patiently wait and sacrifice, if you can get anything in an instant? Why endure pain, when we can avoid it? YET THIS IS NOT TRUE. There is wisdom in waiting, sacrifice and self-denial. Think about this: Most of our regrets, failures and frustrations are the results of choosing short cuts, quick fixes and instant solutions. But also, note that most of our happiness and genuine victories come from our painful sacrifices, hard work and long waiting. WE ARE BEING DECEIVED!
The devil knows no vacation. He will never stop tempting us, until we fall into his traps. Beware of his deception. He is good at logic and in convincing us. DON’T BE FOOLED AND LAUGHED AT BY THE DEVIL. He is the father of lies and deceit!
What struck you the most in our readings?
Revie your life and see how the devil tempts and deceived you. Do you see any pattern?