“For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also.” Psalm 95:3-4
Earlier this year, I took a trip to India. While on this trip I observed a portion of the thousands of idols worshiped in that land. As I looked at all of these different “deities,” I couldn’t help but wonder why satan goes to so much trouble to hide his true self from people. Why hide behind the form and mask of an idol when he could have people worship him?
The truth of the matter is that in almost every culture satan is known to be an adversary to mankind. Most people understand that he does not have the best interests of humanity at heart – but on the contrary, seeks to destroy people and ruin their future.
Jesus said it this way, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”John 10:10
Therefore satan hides behind millions of masks because if his true nature was seen most people would refuse his control over their lives.
“What form does satan take in your life?”
What “mask” does he wear to trick you into allowing him entry and input into your life?
The greatest hypocrisy satan undertakes is to masquerade as a “god complex.” He loves to come to you and convince you to reject all forms of deity – to be your own person, free from any allegiance to any god. He whispers to us to become “masters of our own fate” – to take control over all we see and touch. Even if he cannot convince you to reject all deity, he desires for you to maintain control through picking and choosing exactly what you will believe for and what you will control yourself. After all, isn’t this the only “real” way to get what you want? No one but yourself can be trusted to handle the decisions that open or close the doors to what we desire for ourselves.
What satan understands that we often don’t is that once the “god complex” is implemented, we can never believe for more than our “god” can deliver. If my “god” cannot be trusted to bring me a good relationship, how can I trust him to handle a deep depression? If I cannot trust him to use his commands to bring about blessing for me, how can I trust him when I’m facing a “life and death” situation?
A person who is said to have a “God complex”, does not believe he is god, but acts so arrogantly that he might as well believe his is God or appointed to act by God.
God complexes ultimately reserve the right to make decisions regardless of what anyone else says. Satan seeks to get someone with a god complex into a corner; facing a situation that they cannot do anything about. Then he will tighten the noose around their neck by telling them that what they have believed in all along is not powerful enough to save them from their dilemma.
At that point satan would be right: a god complex cannot save us from suicide or depression or other life altering situations that we face. My god complexes have never had solutions to my issues. Like an idol, they promise a lot but produce disillusionment because they were never any more powerful than my own strength and my broken faith.
But there is a God who is greater than all other gods and and there is One Who is above all other ruling “complexes.” In His hand are the deep places of my world (the places of enveloping darkness from which there appears to be no escape). He is also God of the heights (the places of great joy from which there seems no other place to go but down).
If you are struggling with severe problems, unmask the enemy in your life. Get rid of whatever complex is destroying you and call on the only God who has every other authority underneath His feet!
And remember this: I love you today.