Satan's Sparkly Traps
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 (ESV)
When I hear the word "deceit," I think of Satan himself. Another name for Satan is "the deceiver." Proverbs 31:30 says that charm is deceptive. Charm of any shape or form has the potential to destroy. While this verse is talking about a woman’s external beauty, there are many charming things other than feminine beauty that can lure us away from God. Looks, money, expensive jewelry, fancy cars, celebrities, mansions, and more; if we are not careful, conscious, and clinging tight to God’s Word we are more susceptible to being lured into Satan’s sparkly traps.
Like the snake in the Garden of Eden deceiving Eve to eat the appealing, yet forbidden fruit, he tries to lure us away from God in charming, deceptive ways. Alcohol, sex, drugs, lust, money, and power are some of his luring measures. Whatever charm attracts you, Satan will against you, in an attempt to spiritually kill and destroy your life.
We should anticipate these spiritual attacks. They will be subtle. These might be charming. They may seem harmless. Deceptive attractions are the devil's forte. Watch out for those temptations that might seem small or initially harmless. The devil wants to get his foot in the door, and pry it open.
In knowing the way that the devil operates, we can predict and overcome his attacks, with the help of Christ. Satan's attempts to tempt are almost always in disguise. He uses charm to lure us away from God, and to isolate us. In the garden of Eden, Eve was told by the serpent, "surely you will not die if you eat this fruit." Even died a spiritual death that day. Satan warped the definition of death in order to construct a believable lie. As women, the devil strikes at our self-esteem dangling false promises of affirmation in front of our faces. He tends to sugar coat things, in order to excite, attract, and spark false hope. The devil uses our weaknesses to his advantage.
There is great news for those in Christ is that God’s power can actually be perfected in us through our weaknesses. The Lord can protect, and provide a way out when we feel trapped by that slippery snake. Every time we choose God’s way out over temptation, His glory rains down and graces our lives for all to see.
More than anyone else, he seeks to devour those making an impact for Christ. As Christian leaders, and women of God, we must pick up our shields of faith and swords of Truth. Through the memorization of scripture and relying on God’s word daily, we will prevail. A few go-to verses that are engrained upon my heart that I would recommend memorizing are: Psalms 5:12; Proverbs 3:5; Philippians 4:6-7. A great tool in memorizing scripture is to use the verse as your iPhone or computer screen saver. Every time you look at your phone, you will be able to instantly review the scripture, and be reminded of God’s truth.
Sin is what separated us, and continues to separate us from the Lord. Our Most Holy God cannot tolerate our sin. When we fall short of God’s glory, the Lord will often discipline us out of love; in an attempt to save us; and redirect us to Him. Be in tune with God through His Word and prayer. Use your Bible, memorized scripture, and prayer as your weapons. Ask God to infuse you with His wisdom to be able to anticipate, recognize, and resist Satan's sparkly traps.