We exchange the voice of God for the lesser voices of culture or people or self-doubt or even unwittingly, the voice of the enemy, Satan himself. Now I don’t know any Christians who would consciously choose to listen to Satan rather than God. But the Bible calls Satan the great Deceiver. He is a stealth fighter. He prefers to work under cover; incognito; camouflaged from detection. He seldom rings the doorbell and announces himself and his deviant intentions. Rather, he infiltrates our thoughts, he targets our insecurities, he partners with our fears, he cultivates our doubts. And when he is most successful, we never even suspect his presence.
Peter, the great fisherman-disciple, was shanghaied by Satan on one infamous occasion. Jesus was revealing the deep truth of the necessity of the crucifixion to the twelve. Peter thought, “This makes no sense; this is not right; this can’t be; I’ve got to do something!” He had no awareness that these thoughts were not his, but dark deception from the Devil.
Peter takes the bait. He has no idea that he is being played like a puppet. The Scriptures record, “Peter took [Jesus] aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall never happen to you!’ 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."
What a wake-up call that must have been for Peter. The Devil had duped him into doing his bidding. He had pawned off his thoughts to Peter so cunningly that Peter thought they were his own. He stole Peter’s identity and left him holding a bag of lies. This is how identity theft works not on the dark web but in the world of darkness where the devil temporarily reigns as the little “g” god of this world.