House of Jacob, come, let us walk in Yahweh’s light. For you have abandoned your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full from the east. Isaiah 2:5-6
Most people are drawn to the light. That’s the good news. But there are two kinds of light and one is fake. That’s the bad news. Satan masquerades himself as a god of light because he knows that if he shows us his true identity, we will be seized with fear. He must disguise himself into whatever he knows will appeal to his victims.
This is why I often encourage true believers to address this problem in prayer when praying for their families. They can restrict the enemy, with the spiritual authority they have in Christ, from putting on a demonic glitter that makes his way addicting.
Oh, the stories associated with this kind of praying! Sons have, all of a sudden, seen a girlfriend for who she is and broken up with her. Middle school children have, all of a sudden, seen the true nature of their ‘bad’ friends, and walked away from danger. A husband has, all of a sudden, seen the kind of woman he’s having an affair with and ended it. Once the demonic glitter was removed, loved ones stepped back, gasped, and came to their senses. None of us need be under the spell of false light.
Isaiah compels the people of God to turn away from the people of the east ~ the foreign and evil tribes outside their borders. What made the ‘east’ hard to resist was their ‘fullness’. With them as allies, they had access to their wealth. Horses and chariots were plentiful, gold and silver, abounded. Satan always rewards idolatry with temporary abundance.
All that glitters does not gleam with heaven’s light. All that is gilded is not godly. The propensity for self-preservation causes me to make alliances with anyone who promises to make my life better. Their offers sound generous, even loving. Before I let the ‘east’ in my front door, I need to inspect it more carefully. God promises to expose evil of every kind. What is veiled will be revealed. The veneer that glistens will crackle and feature what was behind it all along; something sinister and destructive.
Never have I needed more wisdom than in these last days when it’s hard to tell the church from the world. Demonic glitter abounds but if I’m willing to see the source of all the lights around me, God will show me. Once I see behind the mask, I’ll be so glad I asked for divine eyesight.
Make me uncomfortable in the presence of mask-bearers today. In Jesus’ name, Amen