“Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8-9 NKJV).
The greatest weapon in the devil’s arsenal is deception. The Scripture warns that Satan can transform himself into an angel of light and his false apostles into apostles of Christ for the purpose of deception and manipulation.
Paul warns us about Satan’s deception in 2 Corinthians 11:
13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (NKJV).
In this end-time, Satan will employ any means he can to deceive, if possible, even the saints.
The Lord Jesus also warns us about deception in Matthew 24:
24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (NKJV).
Although the devil does not have any right, control, power or authority over you as a born-again believer, yet the devil would gain an advantage over you if you are ignorant of his devices, schemes or gimmicks (2 Cor. 2:11).
Therefore, understanding the devil’s greatest desire or goal is very necessary for discerning his schemes and escaping falling into his traps.
What is the devil’s greatest goal, ambition or desire?
To be worshipped like the Most High God!
Satan will do anything to take the place of God in your heart and receive the worship due to God. Satan lost his position in heaven because he sought to usurp God’s position, so that he could be worshipped as the Most High.
The heart of the devil is made bare to us in the Scripture.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (NKJV).
The devil has not repented or changed; he is still passionately seeking to usurp God’s position anywhere he could so as to receive the worship due to God.
While Jesus Christ was on earth the devil offered Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory in exchange for His worship. Likewise, the devil will offer you any good bait or deal in exchange for your worship.
8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” (NKJV).
The devil is keenly interested in usurping God’s position in your heart and in receiving your worship. The devil doesn’t mind you gaining the whole world if that will enthrone him as “god” in your heart and make you fall down and worship him.
It is a sheer ignorance to think that the devil’s greatest goal or pursuit in life is to hinder your promotion, progress, success, joy, healing, prosperity, breakthrough, or miracle. The devil is not so much interested in whether you are poor or rich, sick or healthy, successful or unsuccessful as much as he is interested in who or what you worship.
If you having and experiencing success, promotion, progress, riches or prosperity in life is what will dethrone and displace God in your heart, the devil will gladly help you to get it. The devil will help you to get anything that will help him achieve his greatest goal in your life, which is to dethrone and displace God in your heart and receive the worship due to God.
Unfortunately, the devil is highly misrepresented in our churches today. The devil is portrayed as being interested only in hindering people from being blessed, wealthy, prosperous, promoted, progressive, successful or fruitful in life. Consequently, many believers today think the devil is happy only when they are unhappy, unsuccessful, unprogressive, poor or sick in life.
The truth is this, the devil does not mind you being successful, prosperous, happy or healthy as long as he is occupying the place of God in your life and receiving your worship.
What matter most to the devil is your worship, not what you have or what you don’t have!
Beloved, it is wisdom for you to know that the primary concern of the devil is not to hinder your success, breakthrough, prosperity or miracles in life, but to lure, deceive, manipulate, cajole or coax you into worshipping anyone or anything else aside or alongside the Most High God.
The devil’s greatest goal is to dethrone and displace God in your heart and take the place of God in your heart, thereby receiving the worship due to God. That is what the devil sought to do in heaven before he was hurled down into the earth.
The devil is happy and fulfilled when you prosper and succeed in your ministry, marriage, business, or career, but without God reigning in your heart and receiving your worship.
Whatever the devil thinks or knows can take the place of God in your life is what the devil will offer you in exchange for the worship of God. The devil will help you to get to the very peak or pinnacle of your career or business if that is what it will take for you to relegate, abandon or forsake God, or for your first love for God to wane.
Friend, let no one deceive you that your battle against the devil is only for your prosperity, success, or breakthrough in life. It is for something far greater than any material, mundane or earthly thing; it is for the sacred throne, place or position of God in your heart, it is for your worship, and it is for God’s love in your heart.
Therefore, the Scripture amply admonishes you to guard your heart with all diligence or vigilance.
23 Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life. (DBY).
1 Thessalonians 5:
6 Therefore let us not sleep as others do. No, let us be watchful and self-controlled. (TCNT).
1 Peter 4:
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (NKJV).
1 Peter 5:
8 Curb every passion, and be on the alert. Your great accuser, the Devil, is going about like a roaring lion to see whom he can devour.
9 Withstand him, firm in your faith; knowing that your brethren in other parts of the world are passing through just the same experiences.” (WNT).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to me the greatest desire and goal of the devil. Father, help me to be watchful and prayerful so that the devil will not gain advantage over me and deceive me into worshipping anyone or anything else aside or alongside You, the Most High, in Jesus’ name. Amen.