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I listen attentively as others speak and I hear the whispers of the enemy. At times I fail to recognize it . Allowing the enemy to hit the target of my heart and my tender feelings get bruised again. I am learning that if I stay in tune with the Father he will reveal to me that this is a lie of the enemy. But when I get tired, neglect time in the word and in prayer then I don’t recognize it as quickly.
At times it is clear when it is the enemy. I hear “if God really said” or “did God really say”. Sure I hear who is speaking but, I can recognize that the enemy is trying to cause doubt. It can be easy to get upset that people don’t understand. When I am in tune with the Father I don’t get upset about it. Instead, I mentally file it away as a trick of the enemy and commit to not letting that ruin my time with that person. We shift to another topic and move on, no damage done. It is important to note that the enemy is persistent. You will hear the same question or lie from many people in a short time frame. Cling to what you know the Father has told you. Don’t allow the enemy to get you to question what you know to be true.
Let’s go back to scripture in Genesis 3:1-6
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 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.’”4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 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.” 6 So when the woman 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 its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Praying over these scriptures one day I saw things differently. Adam and Eve made a choice. They knew the rules and they actively chose to rebel and be disobedient. Adam was with Eve, she chose to eat the fruit and he made a choice to follow her. After that, they felt shame for the first time. It is our sin that causes us shame. We know when we have chosen badly and, with that shame comes fear. We know that God is holy and we can’t approach a Holy God in our sin.
We know the voice of our Father and we know the voice of the enemy. The enemy has no new tricks. Even all these years later he wants us to question God. He knows that if we begin to try to reason it out that he has us. I was studying, meditating on Genesis 2 and 3 one day and God revealed something to me. In Eden was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This one tree would cause death. Not a physical death, not right away, but a spiritual death. It wasn’t so much that the fruit of the tree caused death. Instead, it was trying to know what we do not that brings death to us. We feel anxiety, worry, rebelling in disobedience to Gods will for us.
Researching to test and to be sure that it is of God I used the Matthew Henry commentary. It confirms that the enemy speaks to us in our deceitful hearts and our reasonings. The enemy poses a question. Then he watches to see our reactions. If we don’t react he thinks that he has lost. We should never actually argue with the enemy. Matthew Henry also shows that the desire for unnecessary knowledge hurts us. This desire proves destructive because as we try to figure it out we fall into sin. We worry, fret, and soon fear possible outcomes. We don’t have to be this way. We can stand on the truth of the Word of God and when the enemy dangles the bait we can stand no matter how we feel. The enemy then gets mad because he can’t ruffle our feathers and steal our peace.
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