Don’t Be A Fool

by APC on April 01, 2015

Today is April Fool’s Day—the day when people in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and the United States play practical jokes on each other.

In a fool (trick, hoax, joke, etc.), mundane objects and situations are disguised through illusions, making a person believe one thing to be true when the reality is the exact opposite. The goal of every fool is to deceive the unknowing recipient, with the jokester gaining much personal satisfaction.

We may take part in April Fool’s Day to experience—what is hopefully—light-hearted fun. But, not all fools in life are fun and games.

There is one in this present world who is out to deceive us on any day, at any level, and at any cost. In our spiritual walk, we need to watch out for our greatest adversary—the devil.

…He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it (John 8:44, KJV).

Satan is constantly trying to place a “spiritual” cloak over our eyes to keep us from the truth—the truth of who he is, and the truth of who God is. II Corinthians 11:14 notes, For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (KJV). Satan tries to depict good, when in reality, he is abhorrently evil. Just like a fool, Satan wants us to believe one thing, when the truth is the exact opposite.

I Peter 5:8 tells us that Satan is a roaring lion, walking around looking for people to devour. The devil’s main goal is to keep us from our eternal reward with Jesus Christ. While he is a ferocious animal, he tries to slip in among us unnoticed, creating an illusion of safety and security.

Matthew 7:15 warns us: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (KJV). The devil will try to sneak in among us, and present false truths.

Satan wants more than anything to lead us to believe false doctrines, discredit the Bible, or even worse, disbelieve in God. He wants to deter us from the straight and narrow path of living for God. The devil wants to deviate us from the true blessings we find in knowing the real truth and living a life that honors God and His Word. Just like an April fool, the devil gains much satisfaction by tricking us. But, instead of a light-hearted fool, he has but one motive: our destruction.

The devil has been a master of deception for ages—it all started with Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). He even tried to fool Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1–11). Eve was fooled because she didn’t know God’s Word (Genesis 3:2–3). But, Jesus combatted the devil’s attempts of trickery by responding with “it is written”—He referred to real truths found in Scripture.

We cannot be fooled by Satan’s illusions! We need to go to the Word combined with prayer to know what’s right, what’s real, and more importantly, what’s truth. We need to know and speak the truth so we don’t fall into the devil’s trap and become fools ourselves. We need to know “what is written.”

Satan knows in the end he will lose—his demise us unavoidable. We are now living in the end times; the devil is desperately employing every tactic to fool God’s children. We cannot be fooled—Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11, KJV). We need to get in the Word and get on our knees in prayer. Don’t be a fool this April Fool’s Day, or any day throughout the rest of the year.