The devil is a master of distortion (see Genesis 3:1-7). He will even use the Word of God to try and deceive us, just like he attempted to do with the Lord Jesus (see Matthew 4:1-11). However, Jesus used the Word to combat the devil. He did what we must do everyday. The devil will try to use every tool available to separate us from God and this is exactly what happened to Adam and Eve.
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 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.” 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.” (Genesis 3:4-6).
Eve started a conversation with the devil. She saw the tree differently because she gave heed to his voice. Our understanding, ideas and conceptions start to change when we listen to his suggestions. The reality is that the devil knows our inclinations. He speaks in the mind but other times he uses people whom we give credibility to try and make us fall, as we see in the case of Jesus. At that particular moment, Satan came to Jesus in an unusual way.
“Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” (Matthew 16:22 – 23).
Jesus perceived that Peter’s words were poisonous. He rejected them outrightly because He knew the devil was the instigator. This is why it is so important to have the Holy Spirit. The devil comes with pleasant suggestions that make sense, however when we have the Holy Spirit we are able to discern.
This is what Eve should have done. The devil will strive to use our eyes and ears to accomplish his goals. He was before Adam and Eve; he has been watching mankind from the beginning. For this reason, we must be careful. We cannot underestimate his tactics or else he will devour us.
Take Adam for example. When he saw Eve eating the fruit, curiosity was stirred up inside of him. He saw that she didn’t die and he ate it. He should have said no immediately, but when they ate the fruit, although they didn’t die physically there and then, they died spiritually.
When we disobey God…In other words, eat of the fordibben fruit, do our own will, lie, commit adultery, etc. we will go to hell if we don’t repent. Our soul will be cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death! For the devil, it’s mission accomplished.
The truth is that as long as we are alive, we can decide the destination of our soul. For this reason, we must live a life of obedience and say no to the desires of the flesh. If we live in sin, we will reap the fruits of our disobedience. The devil will always make it seem as though we can live in sin and everything will be ok, but this is one more lie that he has been spreading. Be careful!
The clock is ticking! The reality of hell is the one that we cannot ignore. Religion will not save us if we do not abandon our sins and live a life that is pleasing to God. Choose wisely!