“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:12
Greetings fellow sojourner loved by the Most High God!
Since Satan is deceptive and most likely savors it when we mistakingly turn our authentic spiritual battles (dare I say ‘outwards’?) towards flesh and blood. He creates deception by creating a smoke screen to confuse us regarding the authentic reason why our situations are occurring.
According to the US Department of Defense, a smoke screen is “a cloud of smoke used to conceal ground maneuver, obstacle breaching, recovery operations, and amphibious assault operations as well as key assembly areas, supply routes, and logistic facilities.” It is a ruse designed to disguise someone’s real intentions or activities.
This definition also interestingly describes many tactics our enemy employs in his spiritual warfare. Slowly read through the above definition again and try to picture how he would use these methods to create a smoke screen for you. (I could see all of them except the amphibious one. But I suppose it is possible! 🙂 ) Can you imagine since he desires to conceal his maneuvers from your line of sight he could also vary the denseness of the smoke screen? Satan is incredibly adept at employing the smoke screen of deceit, hoping for our destruction. Sometimes his smoke screen is not so obvious but seems to be more of a general haze meant to cause us to question ourselves or be confused. Sweet things, if you find yourself repeatedly confused about a situation your first thought ought to be “Is this a spiritual warfare issue?” Know that Satan’s smoke screens are always intended to confuse you, belittle you, minimize you, and conceal God’s truth. KNOW the tactics of your adversary.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth dissipated Satan’s smoke screen with the Word when Satan tried to twist the truth of God (Luke 4:1-13). Allow the Spirit of truth to guide you (John 16:13), and the truth of the word to sanctify you (John 17:17) in order to dissipate Satan’s smoke screens.
We are deceived if we think our real battle is maintaining ourselves, our status quo, or manipulating situations in order to achieve OUR desired outcome. It is only a smoke screen. If we think it is an impossible relationship we are battling when really it is our lack of forgiveness, pride, jealousy, or sloppy appraisal of self-worth, it is only a smoke screen created by the enemy to confuse us. Clarity comes when we maintain a tenacity towards trusting Jesus as well as maintaining an unrelenting faithfulness in Him.
Are there any smoke screens in your life you have been putting up with far too long? Allow the brilliant Light of God to break through the smoke screen of lies that seep up through the pit of hell and tolerate it no longer.
In His grace,