IT STARTED IN THE GARDEN. The Serpent, once known as the most beautiful and brilliant of all the angels, wanted to be like God. Because of his pride, he was cast from Heaven into the abyss. Where he stayed until God created the Earth from the nothingness that was, as well as the Garden of Eden therein. I’m sure the Serpent was quite pleased with his new surroundings at that point.
Until he saw Eve
She was everything he wasn’t. Created in the image of God Himself. Formed from Adam’s own flesh. Able to produce new life from Adam’s seed. He hated her with white-hot anger and plotted to take her out.
He determined to deceive her.
And it worked. Eve fell for the Serpent’s lie. And God pronounced curses on all involved.
The Serpent was no longer beautiful. At God’s word, his outer appearance instantly revealed the truth of his inner self. And his anger grew. He deceived Eve once. Now he would not only deceive her, but also her offspring.
The battle had begun.
You are in that battle today.
But, thanks to Jesus’ love and compassion, you can access a level of wisdom and strength that Eve simply didn’t possess. Yes, God walked in the Garden with her and her husband. However, if you choose, you can have God living inside as your Comforter, Counselor, and Ever-Present Help in time of trouble.
A word of caution here:
- God’s Presence does not get you out of the battle.
- Instead, He empowers you to win the battle.
- It’s a growing-and-learning process.
- And oftentimes it hurts.
That’s why we must remember God’s word.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
No one [no enemy] will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9b
The Sneaky Serpent’s Pernicious Plan to Deceive and Destroy:
He is a liar and a thief. Always has been. Always will be.
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
It’s all he’s got left.
… having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2
Now he sits on your shoulder like a cartoon character, whispering his lies. Mostly against your mate. He twists the Truth. Because he wants to hurt you.
He’s also pretty good at making his whispers sound like they are your own assessment of who your mate really is. And who you are! And it’s not good.
He disguises them as indisputable facts based on a superficial understanding of observable evidence … and popular opinion.
But we’re not as naïve as Eve.
We have the power to forgive one another in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:10b-11
So let’s talk about 3 most common deceptions that are intended to turn you against your mate: pride, insensitivity, and unwillingness to commit.
Yes, men look and act like they are full of pride, insensitive, and unwilling to commit. However, a closer look reveals a very different story. The story of a sensitive human being who has been shamed as a normal part of his training to be a man. One who fears more pain if he lets anyone get close to his heart.