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The story of the fall of man is a most familiar one. Everyone knows how Satan came to Eve and tempted her with the fruit in the garden.

He first approached her with a question:

“Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” (Genesis 3:1, NLT)

But he did not stop there. He continued with his words to create doubt and confusion as to what God had actually said.

As I recently read the account in Genesis 3, it was verse 6 which grabbed my attention:

The woman was convinced.” (NLT)

Those words are piercing. May we not lend an ear, or enter any conversation the enemy would seek to have with us, or he will have us convinced.

Those four words were a sober reminder that Satan is real, he is an enemy of God’s people, and he is dangerous to us. We must be careful to not give him a foothold into our lives.

From Genesis, we see that Satan will deceive us. Let’s look at a few Scriptures which reveal to us more of who he is.

  • He is a master liar, and lying is consistent with his character and strategy.He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44b, NLT)
  • He is a thief, and will steal the seeds sown our lives if we are don’t protect our hearts. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. (Matthew 13:19, NLT)
  • He is our enemy and will devour us if we are not alert. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8,NLT)

Satan stands at God’s throne day and night throwing accusations about God’s people. May we remember we do not fight these battles alone. We have been given an Advocate in Jesus Christ who is our defender.

And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.(Revelation 12:11, NLT)

Those are the two things the enemy cannot dispute. Jesus’ death on Calvary secures our salvation. It is a finished and complete work. Our testimonies stand firm and established. Jesus will strengthen our faith as we stay in His Word and cling to His promises.

The woman was convinced that day of all the lies the enemy was saying to her.
May we learn instead stand convinced of what God says to us,
for His Word is Truth.

“My Defender, You are invincibleMy Strong Tower, You are unshakableMighty Saviour, Your love’s unbreakableYou’re the strength of my heart.”
(from Rend Collective)

J.D. Wininger brings wisdom and encouragement to so many. Last week he brought the reminder of the precious gift we have been given. May we not take for granted the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to guide, to give understanding, to give strength. Be sure to read his post All Things HERE.


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