The many disguises of Satan

By Jan Davis
Special to The PREVIEW

Everyone has heard the story “The Three Bears” and how Goldilocks came in and wreaked havoc on their little home. She ate their food, sat in their furniture and snuggled in for a nice, long nap.

Satan shows up the same way, unannounced and uninvited; a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He joins us around our dinner table, cozies up to us on the couch and, before we know it, he is sleeping in our bed. How did it happen? We left our front door wide open. He walked in and made himself at home.

He subtly worked his way into our conversations and relationships. He bred jealousy and contempt. He manipulated his way into our hearts. We become disengaged and apathetic in the lives of our family. We turned into self-centered individuals and no longer functioned together as a body. We put our personal needs, wants, and goals ahead of the needs of our family.

The dining room table sits empty. Fast food has divided our family. The kids migrate to their rooms to play video games, dad reclines in his easy chair to watch a game and mom is in the kitchen on the phone with her new best friend from work.

When we do come together, it’s to watch violence, sex and deception on the television. Our reality becomes entwined with fiction.

We go to bed at the end of another empty day without any acknowledgment of God. We shut the door to our family and withdraw into a shell of hopelessness. The next morning, the cycle starts all over.

How do we keep Satan out of our homes and away from our families? There is an old saying: a family that prays together stays together. Families used to pray around the dinner table and share stories of their day. Later, after chores and homework were finished, they gathered around the table for an evening devotion and prayer. This signaled the end of another day. The children prepared for bed and the parents looked forward to a few moments together.

If Satan is to remain outside our home, then Jesus must become first in our lives. Satan cannot live where Christ resides. Christ is the unseen guest at every meal, and a participant in every conversation.

We demonstrate God’s goodness and faithfulness to our children. With Christ as the center of our conversations, we discuss their day and address their concerns and fears. We share the Word of God and encourage them in their personal relationship with Him. Through prayer their peace is restored and all is right in their world. They feel loved, safe and secure.

Regardless of the many disguises, Satan uses to get his foot in the door, he will fail when Christ is the center of our home.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10 (KJV).

Because of Jesus, families are reunited and peace is restored in the home.

I love you, but Jesus loves you more.

This story was posted on August 25, 2016.