2 Corinthians 11:14 KJV
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Most people have a very false perception of Satan and how he presents himself. They are looking for a red creature with horns and a long tail who is coming to get them. This is a very inaccurate description of Satan and how he operates. If you have this perception, you will continually be caught off guard and will suffer unnecessarily.
In the scripture above we see how Satan presents himself. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “And no marvel; for Satan is transformed into an angel of light.” The word “transformed” also means “to disguise.” We must understand that Satan and those who do his work show up in disguise. In other words, what they tell you sounds good and what they present to you looks good! This is why it’s so dangerous to go by what you think is good! Everything that looks and sounds good is not God! They are evil inside, but look and sound good on the outside.
When I first started out in ministry, I had an individual come and talk with me. This individual had always disagreed with me on many issues. This was someone that I could not walk with due to our different beliefs. They began to talk to me that day in a different way. They began to tell me how amazed they were at my ministry and just how great I was doing. This was someone who had never really even cared for me. How did they go from talking about me to coming to see me to tell me how good I was doing? While they were talking I sensed in my spirit that something just wasn’t right. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “They are not here for the reason they are telling you they are here.” Long story short, they had an agenda they wanted to impose on me and the church. They were buttering me up with words of praise in an effort to have their way in the church.
Everything they said to me sounded great and built me up, but it wasn’t God. Just because something looks good, sounds good, or may even be good in the natural, does not mean it’s God. Satan is a master at the art of deception and disguise. If you are looking for him in a red suit, long tail, and pitchfork you are going to be in trouble very often.
Instead, check your spirit! The Christian does not walk by what they see (2 Corinthians 5:7), but they do live by the word (Matthew 4:4) and are led by the spirit (Romans 8:14).