The Demon Of Flattery

Demons will take their names from the special attacks they are known by—the temptations they use against the believers. For an example of this, let us look at Mark 9.

When Jesus saw that a crowd had come running, He rebuked the unclean spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” He said, “I command you to come out and never enter him again.” -Mark 9:25 BSB

As you can see in Mark 9:25, Jesus encounters a demon called deaf and mute because that was his specialty in attacking people.

The arsenal the demon decides to employ toward a believer in Jesus Christ will make him aware of what type of demon he is facing, helping him to confront it properly.

There are demons called flattery who are very deadly to a believer’s faith because they will come to you with praises, insincere ones, to make you prideful and rob God of His glory. They want you to accept your gifts as if you manufactured them yourself instead of acknowledging that it was given to you by the Lord.

For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. -Romans 16:18 BSB

The word flattery in Romans 16 is used as a tactic for deception by dividing people (verse 17) from genuine believers to come to their side and eventually believe in their false doctrines.

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. -Proverbs 29:5 BSB

Flattery is a trap set to capture you so that you will become disabled and won’t be able to carry out God’s plan for your life. But, for an individual who is close to salvation, it can turn out extremely bad like, the elimination of having faith in Jesus Christ to keep the person from receiving eternal life and staying in an unregenerated state until death.

The only way to combat the demon of flattery is to keep in mind that the person you have become and everything you possess has been given to you from above. Always give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for everything. That mindset will keep you from stumbling.