Genesis 3:1-6 GNT; Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”
“We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, “except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”
The snake replied, “That’s not true; you will not die. God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad.”
The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it.
The great fall of man. It’s a story we’re all familiar with, even if we’re not Christians. This morning I’d just like to take a few moments and go over a few things we need to remember about our adversary, the snake. First, he is cunning. The dictionary defines the word as;
Secondly, he causes us to doubt the truth of Gods Word. Let’s take for instance Isaiah 53:5, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” How many times has the devil tried to tell you that healing doesn’t work today, or that it’s not for you? Or that it’s just for big things, like things the doctors can’t do anything about because they haven’t found a cure for it yet? But that’s not what the Word says, is it. The devil doesn’t want you using your faith because he knows you’ll believe God and nothing will be impossible for you. So at the first pain, he convinces you it’s something ‘bad’ and gets you to run to the medicine cabinet or the doctors office. They give you a diagnosis and you tell everyone, ‘This is what the doctor says I have!” What about what God says? You’re trading the truth of Gods Word for the doctors report. Doctors have been known to be wrong but God is NEVER wrong.
But the devil knows these things and he still tries to confuse us and get us to stop trusting God and holding fast to his promises. Adam and Eve did die that day in the garden. Their faith died. They believed a lie and it cost them everything. They placed their trust in a voice that was not Gods and were sent away to live the rest of their days in a prison of hopelessness. But God had a plan for redemption and what a wonderful plan that was. That plan reinstated our authority over sin, sickness, disease and poverty, it gave us the advantage again to commune with God, to know the truth, to live free. It did NOT take away the voice of the sneaky one, the crafty one, the snake. He still continues to steal, kill and destroy, to take as many with him as he can.
Father, we acknowledge you and the truth of your Word. We believe but we ask you to help our unbelief. We don’t want to be double minded, listening to the voice of the enemy, the one who comes to take the truth from our hearts. Thank you for helping us to only listen to you and your voice. Thank you that you gave us power to overcome. Help us to use that power to recognize when we’re being lied to. Help us to call his bluff like Jesus did, shutting him up with your Word. We ask this in the name of your sacrificial Lamb, Jesus. Amen