I’ve often thought that the devil is ashamed of some drunks—like those in the gutter covered with flies and vomit. Do you think that is a good advertisement for the temptations of the devil?
I will tell you a better advertisement for the devil. It is the man of distinction with a crisp white collar surrounded by beautiful women at a race track with a cocktail in his hand. He is not a drunk. He handles it well. He doesn’t know God, though. Now I’m not trying to say he doesn’t know God because he has a drink in his hand. I’m simply saying that the devil likes successful people who don’t know God.
The devil doesn’t mind if you live in a nice house; the devil doesn’t mind if you have nice manners; the devil doesn’t mind if you are suave or intelligent; the devil doesn’t mind if you belong to civic clubs. The devil doesn’t mind if you attend church. He doesn’t mind whatever you do, so long as you don’t know God.
You see, that is what makes man more than an animal. Man can know God. Jesus said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).
What the devil is trying to do is to cut you off from God.