An Unwelcome Introduction

“[B]ut it is most important that we should not cease to be watchful against the devil’s wiles, lest he deceive us in the guise of an angel of light. For there are a multitude of ways in which he can deceive us, and gradually make his way into the castle, and until he is actually there we do not realize it.”  Teresa of Avila: First Mansions, Book Two.

Please allow me to introduce myself
I’m a man of wealth and taste
I’ve been around a long, long year
Stole many a man’s soul and faith
And I was ’round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what’s puzzling you
Is the nature of my game       (The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil)

Ross grew up in a difficult family situation. Prior to discovering Christ in his early 20’s his life was out of control but then had a rapid and positive transformation to a person of faith and character. Hoping his family could experience similar renewal he shared his life changes with his sister one evening. The conversation went well. What happened next left Ross reeling and still processing that night 35 years later.

On his drive home an evil presence entered the vehicle and grew so strong Ross felt violently attacked on a spiritual level. The presence followed him into his apartment where he began to pray. After ten minutes the presence subsided and finally went away.  Ross says he’s never been that scared in his life before or since; he said it was like the Devil himself in the vehicle. He never experienced anything like that again.

“Please allow me to introduce myself . . . .” Ross didn’t like his introduction. 35 years later he still believes he was confronted by the powers of evil. He says some of it is still confusing but thinks he knows mostly why it happened–although he doesn’t explain in detail. What’s interesting is Ross doesn’t believe this is the Devil’s normal activity but rather an isolated and unusual attack. In some ways, Ross says, this was diversion to mask something more insidious taking place.

Teresa says, “As I told you before, he (the Devil) is like a noiseless file, and we must be on the look-out for him from the beginning.” Ross concurs with her statement and says the Devil rarely shows himself like he did that night but destroys through stealth. In this next section Teresa introduces us to how the Devil works and begins to uncover the “nature of his game”. We’ll talk about that in the next few posts.

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