Sunday, October 13, 2013

Lies vs. Truth

But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

The serpent throws out a statement in blatant opposition to what God has already declared to be true. Now the woman has a choice: Believe God, or believe the serpent. The serpent continues to plant more doubt about God into the woman's heart as the story moves on toward her choice. As her faith is tested, the fate of humanity rests in the balance of her decision. 

We have truth claims that are in blatant opposition to what God has already declared to be true thrown at us all the time. Although it may not seem like our temptations and choices are as big of a deal as the original sin, they really are. Any sin against God is a serious offense. Like Eve, we too face the choice of believing God or believing lies every day. This is why it cannot be stressed enough that we know God's Word! When we know God's Word, we have the power of God on our side to resist the devil and his deceptions.  Eve already showed that she did not heed the Word of God, and thus things do not look promising in Paradise. The serpent's craftiness continued to grow the seed of doubt in her heart. Without the truth anchoring her down, she does not stand a chance. 

Too often though, we fail, because we do not claim the truth that is already ours. Will the woman rest in the truth of God, or be drawn in by deceit and discontent? 

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