Don’t Let the Enemy Lie To You!

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“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

The enemy has been lying to you. The crazy part about these lies are, you have started to believe some of them. Listen, when we are most vulnerable in life is when the enemy attacks. What I mean by this is; when we get weak, upset, frustrated, feeling emotionally drained and beat up, the enemy tends to step in and let it’s voice be heard. Notice I used the word it.

What I have learned in life is, the enemy has a name and it has a voice. How much we listen to this voice depends upon us. The enemy in our lives is not just satan. If you are a follower of Christ you should be familiar with some of satan’s tricks and tactics. He usually operates in familiar patterns. At least this is what I find to be true in my life.

An enemy is someone or something against you.

An enemy is not on your side.

Neither is the enemy trying to bring good to your life

Think and reflect for a moment. What are the things in your life that’s been trying to have at your time? Trying to steal your joy? Trying to tell you, you can’t do something or you’ll never amount to anything? Who are the people bringing negative energy to your life? Identify the enemy. Once you have identified the enemy you can begin to plan your attack. You can begin to take steps to overcoming and making your defeat against the enemy.

I’ll close with this: When we have gaps in our lives, or when our minds are left in the unknown, kind of doing it’s wandering thing, we create for ourselves this empty space. In this empty space is where we tend to not know and as humans we hate not knowing. Not knowing something usually leads to thinking negatively. I don’t know why we do this but we do. We imagine the worst possible situations, the worst circumstances and then what happens, we begin to believe in our own pretentious thoughts. It blows me away when I let my mind wander too far. Maybe you do the same.

It is time for you and I to roar back. To be the aggressor if you will. Let us not play the victim and be the victim. We have been given power by God to be victorious. We will struggle, we will fall down but we shall not be defeated. The enemy is under our feet. Let’s live like it!

#BetterThanYesterday

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Romans 16:20

Eat the Fruit. Become Like God.

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The serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4

Here, in this text, we have a conversation going on between a woman and a serpent. The serpent is known to be cunning, sly, deceiving and mischievous. (Genesis 3:1) The woman is known to be a helper. (Genesis 2:18) She is created by God from dust and from the rib of a man name Adam. (Genesis 2:21)

Something unique is unfolding in the beginning of chapter 3. Verse 1 says, the serpent says to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Notice that this is the first thing the serpent says to the woman. What this tells me is the serpent already knew what God had told the woman, (who will later be named Eve) and her husband Adam; Which was not to eat of the tree of life. The serpent was plotting on Eve and her nonchalant husband Adam. (I’ll talk more about him later)

Lesson 1: The enemy knows what God has spoken

I am sure in your life today, God has spoken and gave specific order(s) for you to follow. God may have called you to ministry, called you to serve locally in your community, called you away from certain people, called you to break it off with someone, called you to a job, called you to do something you didn’t want to do, etc. You get what I am trying to say. God has spoken specific order to your life that the enemy is aware of and guess what? Just like the serpent in Genesis 3, he is plotting to distract you from the order God has given you to follow. (Don’t let this scare you!)

Lesson 2: The Lie

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4) Eve knew the order she received from God. She and her husband was not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam who later communicated to Eve if they eat of the this tree they will surely die. (Genesis 2:17) That was God’s order. After the serpent spoke the words, “You will not surely die” to Eve, she saw that the tree was good for food. That it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of it’s fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6)

You may be thinking… Where was Adam when this conversation was taking place? He was right next to Eve! Adam the first man ever created, role was to tend and keep the garden. (Genesis 2:15) In other words he was to cultivate (work) and protect the garden and his wife. Adam knew the orders from God, he knew his role, he knew his calling so why did he stand by and do nothing when the serpent was spitting game to his wife?

Think about the calling on your life. Think about the command God has given you to live out. If you are not walking out your calling, are you allowing someone in your life to deceive you? Are you listening and believing a negative voice in your life? Is there something or someone in your life that looks pleasing? Are your desires all about you and your success? I’m sure you know the answer why you are not totally surrendered to God.

Lesson 3: Respond to His Call and Obey

On the big scheme of things God has called you to live a life for Him. Adam and Eve knew their calling but they allowed a distraction to come in their midst and lead them to disobeying God’s call. Before you go on and say, “If I were Adam and Eve, I would have never ate the fruit from the tree of life,” first examine your own life. If you are like me, you do things God does not approve of, say things that are not of God and think thoughts that are ungodly. It’s in our nature to fall short, to be tricked, to be deceived. It’s easy to cast blame on why we are the way we are but we need to take ownership of our own faults and realize we are like Adam and Eve. We need forgiveness, we need mercy and we need God’s grace to live out the call on our lives.

You are in His hands!:

God wants you and I to live a life for Him. It is clear, since the beginning of time we were created to worship God. We were created to live for Him. We were created to live out His glory and Kingdom on earth. Each of us has a calling and an order to live out. God has designed us all to have an unique purpose while here on this earth. Adam and Eve, were to cultivate the land, be fruitful and multiply. Even though they fell short, God still forgave them and blessed them.

Don’t eat the fruit. Don’t listen to the lie. Reject and rebuke the serpent’s voice and keep your ears towards the voice of our God. His voice will never steer you wrong. You can overcome the battle you are in.

Trust, believe and have faith that the God of the Universe loves you and has forgiven you of your faults.