For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:2-3 (NASB)

While retreating with 200 other singles in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC, last weekend, my carpool pal, Jill, wore a cap with the initials SKAD on it. Of course, I asked her what it stood for and she said, “Steal, Kill And Destroy … because that’s what Satan wants to do to us.” Then I read a Facebook post along these same lines from my friend, Bonnie Cozadd, and it seemed like a good idea to share her thoughts with you:

Satan is a tricky bugger. And he has a motto: “Whatever works.” If you’re looking for him in a crowd, just ignore the guy in red tights carrying a pitchfork. That’s a fellow with serious issues, but he’s not the enemy.

No, Satan fools people best when he comes dressed as an angel of light. He comes as a friend. A pal. A Judas. He’s an entity that comforts your poor, sagging soul, pats your head and sympathizes with your problems. He’s your best bud.

You hear background whispers of, “You deserve this. No one can blame you. God will forgive you anyway. Everybody thinks it’s okay.” Then … one day … in comes the kiss. Right on the cheek. And Judas betrays you. You see him for who he is, and he isn’t pretty.

My word of caution is just this: If you are a believer, the more powerful your testimony, the more Satan will be after you.

There is a seduction, as noted in the 2 Corinthians passage above.

Yes, you are protected by God … but you may be dabbling. Instead of fighting fire, you’re playing with it. Dangerous … dangerous.

God tells us to “Test everything.”

We have an enemy who is indeed out to “Steal, kill and destroy.” The best defense, as they say, is a good offense. Be on the alert, my friends, for “your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

How do you guard yourself against the enemy?

***This post first appeared at***