And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Observe that the old devil functions as a slanderer (accuser), adversary and deceiver. Among other things it means we must look out for and reject every trace of these satanic traits in our hearts and lives.
Good Christians must not be comfortable with accusing fellow believers. Whenever we assassinate others’ reputations, we are aiding and abetting the kingdom of darkness. God forbid! Resist the temptation to frequently find fault with others and look for the negative. Saints are not witch hunters, nor do they sup with the devil!
Furthermore, children of God must not be comfortable with a hostile spirit. That means we must not tolerate hate, bitterness and anger in our hearts towards the elect. It doesn’t make sense for Christians to have Christian enemies! We mustn’t seek to contradict and differ with others for the sake of it. When we are always antagonistic, we are doing the devil’s dirty work. We must not even “play the devil’s advocate” in jest! God forbid!
Moreover, disciples of Christ must not be comfortable with deception. Deception is the act of making someone believe something that is not true. It’s the art of lying. Satan is a specialist in deceiving the whole world since time immemorial. We “partner” his kingdom unwittingly when we practice the art of distorting facts. God forbid!
Today let us overcome every trace of satanic traits in our hearts and lives through the blood of the Lamb (Rev 12:11). Let us confess our sins, our unintended “partnership” with the enemy of our souls. Our God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.