SATAN IS DEFEATED (5)
June 27, 2012
“The serpent…asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat’…‘Of course we may.’” Ge 3:1-2 NLT
The only power Satan has over you is the power of persuasion. “The serpent…asked the woman, ‘Did God really say you must not eat’…‘Of course we may’…‘You won’t die…God knows that your eyes will be opened…and you will be like God’…The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some…Then she gave some to her husband…At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame…When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He replied, ‘I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked’” (vv. 3:1-10 NLT). Never forget that story! And keep this in mind also: Satan is a talker, and you’ll never outtalk him. The power of persuasion is an incredible thing. The fashion industry can persuade you to take a wardrobe you paid a small fortune for last year, and replace it with what they’re selling now. Clothes you felt good about then, you don’t even want to be seen in now. The trouble is, in a few years’ time the clothes you wore last year will be back in fashion; you’ll be poor, and the fashionistas will be rich. Temptation is all about persuasion. But if Christ has already persuaded you, Satan can’t make you do anything.