The enemy propagates his darkness by multiplying evil. One of the ways he does this is by getting us to respond to the evil in people. If he can surround us with evil people spitting at us, and get us to spit in return, he wins. We become a part of the problem rather than its solution.
Agreement with Darkness
The devil always wants us to agree with the darkness. Our agreement can come when we respond in kind to the evils done to us. I have witnessed so many times pride’s evoking of pride in another. Someone’s pride can call forth our prideful response and when it does, we’re caught.
Darkness is infectious, just like a deadly virus. I’ve seen hatred just begging for a hateful retaliation. And with our agreement with darkness, we become a part of the problem rather than the solution. You see, the enemy doesn’t always need to tempt the godly into outright sin; sometimes all it takes is placing people around us who entice our sinful response.
I’m not saying that it’s always the sole fault of the pitcher, nor am I defending the purity and innocence of the catcher. But the enemy’s plan is a relentless assault which triggers darkness so it can multiply.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4
Darkness: Counterfeit of Blessing
This is Satan’s counterfeit of blessing. God’s Light, Life, and blessing multiplies exponentially. Light begets Light, Life lives, and blessing increases. This is the nature of the Kingdom of God. Addition and multiplication are the order of the Life of Jesus in the world. What Satan has is the counterfeit of the multiplicative nature of the Father’s blessing, where darkness spawns darkness, death kills, and curses inflame. That’s the dominion of darkness, whose goal is to rob, to kill, and to destroy.
Here’s the skinny on why this tactic is so effective. It is all about whose voice we are hearing. The deafening din of evil wears on us, calling us to listen to another’s voice. But the Lord says, “another’s voice he will not follow” (John 10:5). To lend our ear to the accuser is listening to Satan’s words by leaving the Lord’s voice.
We speak what we hear, and if Satan can get us to listen to his thoughts, we will speak those thoughts and become darkness. The tactic is so crafty. Whittle us down until we finally break out in retaliation—pride towards the proud, hate for the hateful, arrogance against the arrogant. This is why we have to relegate our listening to Christ.
If you find yourself in the destructive quicksand of lies, accusation, and curses…don’t jump in to be a part of it. Listen to the Father’s definition of the situation and speak His words from His Voice. It might be shocking how He responds to the evil being hurled at you. My temptation is to always think He will just let it happen to me and make me deal with it. But the fact is, when I am out of the way and not wallowing in the mire of human contention, He can exercise His government for the increase of His Kingdom. He just might proclaim something that brings finality and the increase of His Light and Life.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5