Happy Friday friends!
I've been knee deep in Genesis lately and have been really taking my time trekking through it. The story of creation and when Adam and Eve come into the picture holds so much good stuff packed into it. And when the devil, the serpent, enters the scene, we start to see how he works and how he slithers his way into our present situations from the beginning of time. Take a look with me at where it begins for us...
In Genesis 2, God had put Adam in charge of the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man saying "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Now watch yourself begin to identify with these thoughts and questions that Adam and Eve were tempted with in chapter 3.
The serpent was clever, more clever than any wild animal God had made. He spoke to the Woman: “Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?”
// The enemy's first attack: Making you question what God has told you, making you question God's promises, making you question question question.
2-3 The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘Don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”
// Eve was strong the first time and combatted with God's truth
4-5 The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
// The enemy's second attack: He places seeds of doubt and pride in our mind and heart. He wants us to feel self sufficient and self reliant. He presents a false wisdom to us as "truth." Because he wants to enslave us to sin.. Temptation at it's finest.
6 When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
// Eve was not strong for the second attack and she gave in. Not only did she give in, but through her disobedience she led Adam to sin with her.
7 Immediately the two of them did “see what’s really going on”—saw themselves naked! They sewed fig leaves together as makeshift clothes for themselves.
8 When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
9 God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
10 He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
// And then FEAR entered.
Woah. From the very beginning of it all, the devil has been out to trick us, trap us in fear and entangle us in pride. Whenever we're committed to standing on God's truths and promises, these are some of the enemy's first responses to us. Be on guard today as you choose joy and are resting in God's word. Look for those red flag questions and thoughts that the enemy will try and slip into your mind attempting to steal your peace. And let's keep God's promises engraved upon our hearts. Meditate on them often. "Greater in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)" "No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17)" "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want..(Psalm 23)" "I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)" "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philipp. 4:13)" "Cast your burdens upon me, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28)" "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18)" "Draw near to Me, and I will draw near to you (James 4:8)"
I pray that Holy Spirit alerts you to the devil's schemes today and that He gives you His supernatural strength to hold tight to His word and promises. I pray that He reminds you that Greater in us than he that is in the world, that the same power that conquered the grave lives in you!
It's going to be a good weekend with God's promises engraved on our hearts.