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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Talked Right Out Of Our Senses

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

"Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden
that we are not allowed to eat.
God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

"You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God,
knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:1-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬


That slimy deceiver. The first thing he ever brings to the table is confusion. Though we know the Truth, his questions make us question.

"Did God really say..." the devil asked Eve. At first, her response was quick and accurate. She was clear-minded about the Truth and even corrected the devil by clarifying exactly what God did say. But her clarity didn't remain. The devil's persistent and persuasive words talked her right out of her sound mind and right into his web of confusion and lies. Before she knew it, she was not only listening to him, she was out-and-out convinced!

How can this be? How can someone who knows the Truth, end up so confused?

Time and attention.

Eve obviously gave her attention and consideration toward the devil's convincing theories. Instead of keeping her senses and stopping the conversation as soon as it didn't line up with what she knew to be true, she listened, entertained, and absorbed the deception, and in the process, she let go of all Truth.

Eve remains one of our best examples of what happens when the devil wins the battle over our minds. She lingered too long with that nasty snake. She never should have even continued in the conversation when the devil contradicted God's words. She should have quickly dismissed him and all his stupid thinking.

Remember, the battle starts in the mind. If the devil can get in your head, he's already on his way to trapping you. Our best defense is to know the Truth and refuse to let it go or trade it for new thinking and philosophies. Know what God has said. Read His Word. Listen to His Spirit. Pray like your life depends on it (because it does). And REFUSE to entertain anything that doesn't line up with the Truth. Don't be the next victim of his deception.

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