Debating the Devil

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The Garden of Eden – from Genesis Chapter 2 | Bible Answer Girl

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. No! You won’t die, the serpent replied to the woman.

Genesis 3:2-4

Steal, kill, and destroy. That is the objective of the enemy (John 10:10), and his ways are cunning (Genesis 3:1, Ephesians 6:11). Left to ourselves, we are no match for him. Praise God for His provision of the Holy Spirit! With the guidance of the Spirit and the promise of God’s Word, if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7).

Perhaps it sounded absurd to Eve when the serpent questioned whether they could eat the fruit in the Garden. Her reply to the serpent was: “Of course we may eat fruit.” She went on to explain which fruit they were permitted to eat and which fruit was forbidden. It was not a mystery to her. It was not the fruit she had to be on her guard about; it was her own heart.

Perhaps Eve was not confident about the difference between spiritual and physical death, and the serpent took full advantage of this ignorance. The enemy is prideful, and he often uses the lure of pride as the bait to dangle before our eyes. What tastier treat makes the mouth of pride water more than being all-knowing and all-powerful? He baited Eve by saying, “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Then the woman saw with her natural eyes that the tree was good and delightful. It is the way of the enemy to twist clarity to make it confusing. The temptation of the serpent was to tell Eve that she was actually blind, but by eating the fruit, she would be able to see like never before. She believed him. She looked, and instead of seeing off-limits fruit, she saw what appeared to be good and delightful fruit. Minimally, the enemy stole her peace with God, killed her innocence, and destroyed the provision she once had.

Her life would have been different if she had taken the dilemma to God before she acted on the Devil’s deceit. The enemy knows how to cleverly coat his stories with just enough truth so that it appears right. Whenever we are unsure, we should always come to God for His guidance. He is faithful and will help us. He loves us and will equip us with what we need (His Word) to recognize the enemy’s deceit. Treat His Word as your trusted friend and ally. It will never disappoint.

The Devil clouds our circumstances. Trust God to clarify and clear all the confusion.

In His grace,

Amanda

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