Apostle Grace Lubega
Ezekiel 28:13-16 (KJV); Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise, they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
One of the deepest lies that have been propagated by the devil in our world today is his appearance. Books of fiction and Hollywood movies have become the apostles of this deception. They present the enemy as a fire-breathing, scaly, foul-looking being with bloodshot red eyes, a tail, and horns. This picture is completed with a sadistic laugh and a voice that growls with unparalleled menace.
However, all that is merely the world pandering to men’s fantasies of what evil should look like.
What you must understand is that the devil is a fallen angel, one who was beautifully made as described by our theme scripture. Every precious stone was his covering; the sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, carbuncle, and gold. He epitomized beauty. In fact, the Hebrew name Lucifer means the shining one or light-bearer.
Simply because he fell from glory does not mean that he lost his beauty. Therefore, it is very naive for the Church to assume that the devil appears to men in billows of putrid smoke to deceive them. If he did, no sane person would fall victim to his deception.
What does all this mean to the body of Christ? We must wake up from our fanciful delusions that are propagated and watered by cinema and fiction. More than ever, we must have the spiritual sight to strip beauty down to its bones and be able to tell what is light and what is darkness.
The wisdom to tell this difference is a mark of maturity for the believer in Christ.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 11:14, Matthew 6:23
GOLDEN NUGGET: Simply because the devil fell from glory does not mean that he lost his beauty. We must have the spiritual sight to strip beauty down to its bones and be able to tell what is light and what is darkness. The wisdom to tell this difference is a mark of maturity for the believer in Christ.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. Your wisdom has showed me the paths of light and life. I cannot be deceived because I carry an infinite understanding of how the spiritual realm works. I know how to discern what is of God and what is of darkness, in Jesus’ name, Amen.