Today, I want to think about one of the greatest challenges to our Christian faith.
In Genesis, right at the beginning, I think Satan gives away one of his most used strategies for getting believers to live below what God has for them.
God had created everything, including Adam and Eve, and has told Adam “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day you eat of it, you shall surely die” (Gen 2:17)
Eve is wandering around the place when she comes upon the serpent, and the first words it speaks to her are “YEA, HATH GOD SAID…”
Satan calls into questions the Word of the Lord! Nothing has changed today. In the parable of the sower, we see that when the Word is sown, “Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown their hearts”.
What does that mean to us? Well, when hear God’s word, it can be stolen!! When we hear the voice that says “Is that really true?”, the plan is to steal it away before it takes root in our hearts and starts producing fruit. For example you hear about God’s healing power and then you get that thought “Well is healing really for today?” or “What about sister so-and-so, she wasn’t healed,” or even “Could that really be for me?”.. These are words whispered by the enemy to challenge the Word of God.
The second thing is that I want to mention is this. When Satan challenged Eve over what was said, she recounted something to the snake saying “God has said ‘you shall not eat of it neither shall you touch it lest you die!'”
God never said anything about touching it! (See 2:17). God spoke the commandment to Adam (v16) not directly to Eve. She did not KNOW the WORD for herself.
Have you ever heard something from someone else about the WORD only to find out later they were inaccurate in what they said? In the bible (Acts 17:11) the Bereans, were commended because “Every day they opened the scrolls of Scripture to search and examine them, to verify that what Paul taught them was true.”
The two things I want to leave you with today are summed up like this:
1) Satan comes to steal the Word when we sow it. We need to be mindful of that and
2) Study so that we can see what the Word says so when Satan comes in with lies and doubts we can silence him and stand firm on the Word because we know what God has said!