I wrote a blog about the Spirit of Offense. I don’t know if you had the opportunity to read the comment on that post, but Maryestherruth.com responded to the blog by saying, “Make sure you put his ugly mugshot (Satan) on the Terrorist Watch list.” I chuckled at the comment, but the words hung in my spirit. I thought about the words “terrorist watch.”
I had to look up the word terrorist. It means an advocate or practitioner (one who practices; especially one who practices a profession of terrorism as a means of coercion); a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.
A terrorist is someone who uses unlawful violence and intimidation to accomplish their own agenda. That sounds just like Satan to me! He is always advocating for his own political reign and will use any means necessary to get what he wants. Satan is a terrorist and we should always be on the look out for him. He is a great strategist, always planning for an opportune time to come at you when you least expect it. Do you remember how he deceived Adam and Eve in the garden? He lied to them, telling them they would not die if they ate the fruit, but instead they could be like God knowing good from evil. With his lies, he crushed the intimacy that Adam and Eve had with God! They did not see Satan coming; he was not on their watch list! He is so sly and subtle! We have to be on guard and watching for him at all times!
Wow! Let’s go there! The word “watch” means to keep vigil as a devotional exercise; to be awake during the night; to be attentive or vigil; to keep guard; to keep someone or something under close observation; to observe as a spectator; to keep under guard; to observe closely in order to check on action or change.
Satan’s actions have never changed, scriptures says, Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 and in the Book of Job 1:7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Satan is our terrorist and we must be alert and aware of his actions. He cannot devour us unless we give him access. He is looking for someone who is not suspecting him so he can devour them. Just like the United States has a watch list for terrorists because it does not want to be caught off guard, we cannot afford to be caught off guard either! A terrorist will never say, “Hi! I’m a terrorist! Come watch what I am doing!” No, they hide and are deliberate with their attack. Satan is no different, he will not say, “Hi! I am Satan and I am coming to devour you!” No! He is intentional and is always looking to take you and anyone else you love down to accomplish his goals!
Thank you for your word that reminds us that Satan is always lurking. We put him on our Terrorist Watch list just like your word says to do. We give you praise for wisdom and insight that directs us on how to counter his attacks! In the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.
Affirmations: Matthew 10:20; Luke 24:32; Ephesians 6:19-20