Satan will use any approach to keep us from experiencing the full measure of God’s riches. Any error, on matter how small or great, will do. He works through the current world philosophies, through Bible verses taken out of context, through charismatic personalities who “sound” so right and sincere. No method is overlooked in Satan’s attempt to mislead the chosen of God.
Satan says: Seek success at any price. God says: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew6:33NASB).
Satan says: Seek riches at any cost. God says: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth….But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19,20).
Satan says: Be popular; push ahead. God says: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself…” (Matthew16:24NASB).
Satan says: If you don’t look after yourself, no one else will. God helps those who help themselves. God says: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself” (Philippians 2:3,4NASB).
Satan says: I can’t be happy unless I’m married (or: I can’t be happy unless I’m single). God says: “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians4:11NASB).
Satan says: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die. God says: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).
Satan says: If it feels good, do it. God says: “Not my will, but thine be done” (Luke22:42NASB).
Satan says: Everything is relative. God says: “Thy Word is truth” (John17:17).
We could go on and on, but the point is clear. We must have a plumb line of Scripture against which we can examine the philosophies, premises, and suggestions that we run into every day. A carpenter can’t build a house without a plumb line. If he tries to eyeball it and build it according to what looks good in his own eye, he will wind up with a crooked house. He must have a standard that is inviolate. Regardless of what he feels or how it looks as he’s going along, if he sticks to that plumb line, he will wind up with a straight house.
Taken from “Classic Christianity” life’s too short to miss the real thing
By Bob George