One Word Can Make All the Difference
It starts with a word. It starts with an idea to challenge what God actually said. That’s how subtle satan’s deception is. We are not deceived all at once. Instead, it’s a little bit at a time. It’s a slow (he’s patient) path to get us to a desired, destructive end. That’s how it works. We need to pay attention, be on guard because when we start paying attention to how subtle this can be, all of a sudden our awareness gets heightened. We look at it and say, “Look at the cunning, the patience, and the set-up of the serpent himself.”
Has it ever occurred to you why Satan didn’t just show up in the Garden, slither in and say, “Hey Eve, here’s the deal: eat the fruit because when you do, sin and shame and guilt are going to enter; death is going to hit all of humanity from here on out; catastrophic events are going to plague humanity from here on out. Eat the fruit.” He doesn’t operate like that. He starts with a word.
He starts with something that seems insignificant, that doesn’t really matter, to challenge things and to pervert things and to get us totally off course. As soon as you believe one lie everything from that point forward is corrupt. So he said, “Has God indeed said that you shall not eat of every tree?”
Now if Eve were attentive she would have said, “No, no, no. That’s not what God said.” She didn’t. Look at her response. Genesis 3:2-4, And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”
Does anybody know what your Bible? Does anybody see an error in here? God never told her, “You can’t touch it.” She clearly thinks God said something He never said. Satan capitalizes on it. Satan understands that she is unsure of what God actually said. He has engaged her and she is communicating with the Deceiver. Hello! A snake is talking to you! Don’t do that. So she engages with deception.
He capitalizes on one word and that mistake opened the door to grief, sorrow and guilt. He’ll try to do the same with you. He’ll try to use one word to deceive and trick you to think God is wrong. Trust me, He’s not. Know His Word so when the Tempter comes, you’ll be ready.
Do you think you are ready? He’ll come at any moment.