Okay, I think it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty. You know, get past the green beans and mashed potatoes and onto that juicy steak. Yes, the stuff that really matters…like Satan.
You know, I played A LOT of sports growing up, lots of softball, golf, basketball, and even a little spout with track. Our team always had one object in mind, and that was to beat the other team. We didn’t want to take this lightly either, no; we wanted to BEAT them, the greater the deficit the greater the win for us. That’s just how it was.
Can I just be honest? Ok good. Whether we know it or not we're either on team Jesus or team Satan. Whoa. Yah, I really just said that. Okay, alright, so here’s what this means for those of us who are following Jesus. Satan is out to beat you and destroy you. I can guarantee that he is not taking this lightly, the greater the deficit, the greater the win. It’s his M.O. Plain and simple.
He’s a master of deception who longs to destroy your faith in God and His Word to keep you chained. Remember what he said to Eve in the garden. Watch this: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Gen. 3:1b
DID GOD REALLY SAY?
Eve goes on to tell Satan, well yah Satan God really did say that. Oh, but Satan comes back again.
Now look at this: ““You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
LIE. LIE. LIE.
What happens here? Well, Satan distorts the Truth. He also switches Eve’s focus away from God’s goodness and onto what she couldn’t have. They could have the fruit of any other tree in the garden, just not this one tree.
Satan ever lied to you like that? If God really cared or was loving then He would not have set this parameter and because He hasn’t allowed me this then I can be cranky and mad and sad and unbelieving and throw a pity party until I get what I want because I deserve it.
Let’s see how that rebellion worked for Adam and Eve. They ate the fruit and what happened? Death came, just as God said it would. Sin=Spiritual death (Rom. 5:12).
Do we realize how ruthless Satan really is, how crafty, how cunning, how deceptive? How bent on your destruction He is? Can I tell you, the more I desire to pursue Christ and live an abandoned, obedient life, the greater temptation I have to believe lies. So this means you, and I as we follow Jesus, must have an even greater love and devotion to His Word. His Word is one way we overcome Satan in the here and now (Rev. 12:11).
God has given us His Word and when we start to believe lies about it and create our own belief systems, we have just fallen for the same trick Eve did. His Word is flawless. FLAWLESS (Prov. 30:5). It will accomplish its purpose and is completely trustworthy and true in all matters of faith and practice. It brings life, not death.
Here’s what we can take away today concerning Satan.
1.) He causes us to question God. (Did God really say? v. 3:1b)
2.) He lies and distorts God’s truth. (You will not surely die) v. 4-5
3.) He shifts our focus away from all God has given us to the things we don’t have. (v. 4-5)