The above graph represents Satan’s realm and God’s. Satan’s starts in the darkness black edge while God’s starts on the whitest brightest edge. God of course, controls all things through His sovereignty; He allows some things and commands others. The question at hand, then is, where on the graph does Satan’s influence end?
Is Satan in control of the darkness only, the black area? Does his realm control the gray areas? If so, how far: the dark gray, medium gray or the light gray? At what point does Satan’s power of authority cease? Does Satan dare enter the white area or is that area reserved only for our Lord and King, Jesus Christ? It’s important to the Christian life to know the enemies’ territorial limits. Just as in times of war, each side of the battle tries to discover the plans of the other and each keep maps of what land is under whose control, we should know as Christians where the enemy’s tents are pitched. For we are at war in the Spiritual realm, yet it’s displayed in the physical. So then, draw a line, mental or physical, on the graph at the point you think limits Satan’s extent. Go on, take a stab at it.
Where did you put your line? Where the black begins to go gray? Med way in the gray? Where the gray blends into the white? When I first took the test, I put the line where the gray ended and the white began. Guess what? I was wrong. The answer surprised me, but it made sense once I was shown the Scripture. Oh, did you want the answer? (an attempt at humor, an attempt mind you).
2Cor 11:13-15 “For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Satan’s realm goes into the white, thus appearing as the light (God).
How then can we know when something is of God or of Satan? Although Satan can and does appear as the light, his work will be shown by its works. The tail end of verse fifteen above. A very practical way to know the difference is, if what appears to be of the light requires a compromise of God’s ways. Even if the compromise is ever so small, we must reject it. Thus, it is so important to know the Word of God and be soaked in it.