Red Tights, Pointy Tail, Horns, and a Pitchfork.
By Brian Jakowski
You woke up today locked in a war against an enemy devoted to destroying your soul. This enemy, the devil, is as real as the device you’re reading on.
If you simply don’t believe or envision him with red tights, a pointy tail, horns, and a pitchfork, your battle is all but lost.
The Subtle Deception
The world’s relentless pursuit of personal truths prevents many people, Christ followers included, from taking the devil seriously. The consequences are dire and contribute to a casual, ineffectual faith.
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Every day is a battle against an enemy, the devil, who wants to rob you of what he lost forever, that is fellowship with God. Sadly, many followers of Jesus take this privilege for granted today.
To keep our relationship with Jesus fresh and vibrant we need to be renewed daily in Jesus. We do this by diving into His word, a good example is Romans 12:1–2,
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, and develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1–2 The Message translation.
The good news?
The devil and all his servants we’re defeated and disarmed forever at the cross (col. 2:13–15).
And of course, the spirit of Christ in you is stronger than the spirit of the devil in the world. (1 John 1–5)
All this is why it’s crucial to renew yourself daily in Christ so that when the enemy comes in like a flood you’ll be standing firm on the rock of Christ.
It won’t matter if he’s in tights, Prada, or a fighter jet. With your life hidden in Christ, you will stand in Jesus’ strength.