Friday, July 17, 2009
The Enemy’s Tactics
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. . . .
In the Garden of Eden, the serpent was clever. When he wanted to lead the first man and woman into sin, he was crafty.
I point this out because we need to know what his strategies are. He has not changed them one bit. Just look at his attacks and temptations in the Bible, and you will see that he still uses the same tactics today.
But if we learn what these strategies are, we can recognize what he is up to. Let’s see how Satan tempted Eve in the Garden.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1–5)
In the verses above we see three things that Satan did to bring about Eve’s fall:
1. He questioned the word of God.
2. He denied the word of God.
3. He substituted his own lie.
Eve was in the wrong place at the wrong time, listening to the wrong voice, which led to her doing the wrong thing. But don’t blame Eve or Adam. If we had been in the Garden, we would have done the same thing.
Let’s be mindful of the tactics of the devil. Don’t be in the wrong place, listening to the wrong voice, and doing the wrong thing.
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