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Summary: A look at the Genesis 3 account of Lucifer's interaction with Eve

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The killer in our midst (Part 2)

Most Christians don’t truly understand how devilishly persuasive Satan can be. We

don’t realize that he’s constantly whispering to us his thoughts, desires and dreams for

our lives. He has one goal: to lure us away from serving God. And the more we listen

the more we start to believe his thoughts, desires and dreams are really our own.

What we fail to grasp is that the whisperer is the same created being whose lies about

God and His goodness were so persuasive that one-third of the angels believed them

and turned their backs on Him. We underestimate him. No one lies better than Satan

(John 8:44). But what makes him so deadly? His lies are pleasing to the hearers.

But we don’t “hear” the lies.

When the whisperer “talks to us” he tells us what we want to hear. “God wants you to be

happy.” “God wants you to be rich.” “You are a child of the king. You should live like

one.” “You should have this and you should have that, etc. etc.” “Go ahead and do it.

What will it hurt?” When he whispers, his focus is to fulfill the lusts of the flesh in our lives.

Satan, the killer, is exposed.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”

(2 Corinthians 2:11).

As children of God, we have the capability of seeing through the

darkness as Satan attempts to seduce us. The more “light” we put on (Psalm 119:105)

the more we’ll see his attempts to lead us astray for what they truly are -- feeble.

(Sidebar: Although the point I’m making is appropriate, when 2 Corinthians 2:11 is read in

context, the subject is our willingness to forgive someone who has wronged us [see verses 7-10].

Holding unforgiveness gives Satan access to our lives and he will use that access to separate us

from our Heavenly Father for all eternity.)

This brings us to Genesis 3.

God exposes the killer in our midst in the very first book of the bible. It’s that important

to Him. He wants our eyes to be wide open to his true nature (2 Corinthians 11:14) and

what he does to tempt us, deceive us and ultimately cause our spiritual destruction.

What the Genesis account teaches us is critical: Satan can only seduce us if we are

seducible. And we make ourselves seducible when we – now listen to me – don’t treat

God’s Word as the final authority for truth in our lives.

Satan plants the seed of doubt.

“Now THE serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had

made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of

the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)

Satan is not a serpent. The serpent is an analogy to show us how he operates. But why a

serpent? A serpent does not have arms or legs. Satan can’t grab us or push us or force us do

anything that we don’t want to do. And this is what we see in this first verse. Satan has

to get us to agree with him so that we will do what he can’t – cause our own destruction.

So the first thing he does is ask a question.

No big deal. It’s only a question. And this is exactly what Satan wants us to believe. He


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