Genesis 3:1 says that the enemy is subtle. He doesn’t blatantly deceive us. He does it subtly. He starts off with putting doubts in our mind about what God says, e.g. "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
This was the first temptation to man, and this is the way deceiver of our souls continues to tempt us. He always starts by putting a doubt in our hearts. Am I really saved? Can God truly provide for me?
We must be careful to watch out for his doubts. He will make his temptation sound very plausible. In fact –
it will sound good,
it will feel pleasant and desirable,
it will seem wise,
and of course he will also touch us at the core of the desire of our heart.
E.g. Verse 6 says, "When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise…." Satan always makes his temptations seem good and wise. In fact, it will often be very wise according to this world’s ways, but God’s Word is mostly opposite to the way we feel, and is totally opposite to the way of the world. This is true in nearly every situation of life.
We see an example of this in our response to the first command that God ever gave to man. God’s Word says, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth." God is the author of life. God loves life. Satan, who comes to "steal, kill and destroy" is the destroyer of life and hates these words. So he puts doubts in the hearts of God’s people. "Does God really mean that? If you have one son and one daughter, you have done your part…" and so on.
It seems very wise to delay your family and then limit your family. You will have more time to fulfill your career or do things you have planned. You will have more money to build a better house, buy a better car and save for college education for your children. It feels good because you will have less work to do and you won’t have to go through so many sleepless nights. It will seem desirable because it will give you more time to do want you want in life. But, it is deception and it is contrary to God’s Word.
It is amazing that the Christian church has imbibed this deception and now thinks that it is truth. Pre-marital counseling in most churches includes teaching on birth control! What scriptures do they have for this? How incredibly Satan has imbedded his deceptions into the church!
Once Satan has sown the seed of doubt in our hearts, he then begins to deliberately contradict God’s Word totally. We would not receive this contradiction if we didn’t first have doubts about what God says. In verse 4, we read that the serpent said, "Ye shall not surely die." This was in total rebellion to God’s direct word, "Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die." We see how Satan works. First he starts with doubts, then it leads to rebellion, and we become totally deceived to the true Word of God.
The distortion of God’s truth leads the defecting of His commands, and then the degeneration and destruction of His design.
I love these words…
If Jesus said it, I’ll believe it, I’ll believe it till I die!
It is written in the Bible, His Word can never lie!
Though the mountains be removed and cast into the sea,
If Jesus said it, I’ll believe it, I’ll believe eternally!
Learn these lines and quote them out loud all this week. Teach them to your children too.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
"Lord, please help me to discern the doubts and deceptions that the devil brings to my mind. Give me the courage to denounce them. Help me to be a woman of truth, not tossed to and fro, but standing strong in Your Word. May my children see that I am not swayed by the philosophies of this world but may they see that I honor Your Word no matter what the cost. Amen."
"The Word of God will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Word of God."