Genesis 3:1-13- “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals theLord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
That is all it took…
One decision and mankind fell… Hard. No one was to blame besides mankind. However, as humans, we naturally want to place blame or give reasoning to our disobedience. That is our flesh. That is why it is so important to be Spirit led.
The serpent is still alive today. He whispers things in our ears and tells us lies. He says, “It will be ok this one time… It won’t be found out… They didn’t really mean that when they said that… You deserve it, which is why they don’t want you to have it…”
The woman Eve was quick to cry out as a victim! “The serpent deceived me…” Yes Eve that was the case, but you my dear… you made the decision to believe the lies. You made the decision to eat the fruit… Surely the serpent wasn’t holding a gun to Eve’s head, forcing her to eat from the tree she was clearly told to avoid. (I don’t even know how a snake would hold a gun… Guns weren’t even made yet… That is beside the point). I would even consider being more sympathetic if the serpent had been coiled around her neck, threatening her life. But the serpent was not.
Adam played victim too. He blamed Eve. “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Yes Adam, she did give you the fruit. She didn’t force feed it to you though…
The serpent’s whispers come in many forms… Peer pressure, guilt, shame, negative experiences, past mistakes… The serpent tells you lies to keep you on the ground, on your belly, like him… If you decide to believe the lies.
Everything in life is a decision. You can change your life with one decision… Mankind fell because of one decision. So quick, just like the blink of an eye, a decision is made. A world is changed. An innocence is lost… A person is hurt… a marriage is broken… In a split second, the devil gets a foothold…
Thankfully we serve a forgiving, merciful, and patient God. Many times we fall into Satan’s traps, set up to drag us down. That is why it is so important for us to defend against his schemes. As my friend Jason tells me, “We wake up saved, but we don’t wake up walking in the Spirit”; so true. That is why we need to spend time with God first thing and all throughout our day. This prepares us and equips us spiritually to defend ourselves against a fallen and broken world, full of temptation.
Be mindful of the two things that help me get through the day;
Before making a decision, say a quick prayer and ask yourself, “Would this be something Jesus would do… Does this please God?”
And treat everyone as if they were Jesus.
This does not usually come naturally because of our flesh, however if you practice and make it a habit, it really helps your days go smoother and protects you from Satan’s games and tricks.