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It all began in the earliest history of mankind; Satan came to earth and began to deceive and destroy our race.
But how did he do it?
(2 Corinthians 11:3) “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
(1Timothy 2:14) “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”
So how did the Bible he did it? Answer: He did it through deception, by first corrupting the mind from the simplicity of Christ.
You see, had Satan revealed himself in his real character, he would have been repulsed at once; Adam and Eve would have driven Him away because God warned them against this dangerous foe in (Genesis 2:17) saying “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
So because of the warning God gave to Adam and Eve, Satan hid his true purpose and took possession of the serpent, which was a beautiful creature back then.
What is this telling us about outward beauty?
Answer: That outward beauty can also be a deception and a corrupting of the mind. Because Satan loves to use beautiful things as his medium to deceived and to destroy, so let us be careful, lest he also deceives you and I.
Shortly after Satan took possession of the serpent, he began to question Eve. Notice how the Bible puts it.
(Genesis 3:1) “Now the serpent was more subtil 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?”
Look at how Eve answered (Genesis 3:2-3) “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
Notice again how the Devil responded (Genesis 3:4-5) “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
What did the woman do after she spoke with the deceiver?
The Bible says in (Genesis 3:6) “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
You see what just happened?
Satan told Eve that she would become like God; making her believe that she would live forever and possessing greater wisdom. But God said, the day you eat of it, you shall surely die; a total opposite to what the devil had told Eve.
You see, Eve should not have had a conversation with this evil temper. Had she stayed away from the devil; her mind would not have been corrupted and she would not have been deceived.
This is exactly how many of us today are still being overcome. We doubt and argue concerning the requirements of God; and instead of obeying the divine command, we accept human theories, which promise us a greater outcome, but they are filled with lies and the deceptive devices of Satan that will make our lives more miserable and disappointing.
My friend, Eve yielded to the temptation and deception of Satan, and through her influence, Adam was led into sin. Mercy! May God help us.
Now, what happened after Adam took part in sinning?
Gen 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
Proverbs_28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Gen 3:12-14 “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Gen 3:14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”
What happened after the blaming stop?
Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. “
Bring your marital affairs to Jesus, bring your singleness to Jesus and do not lean unto your own understanding or feelings.