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Purposeful Deceit Part 2
Not For Sale
to the serpent
but God did
that is in the middle of the
Ever played the hearing game in school?
In this game, the teacher starts off by whispering something in one of the
’s ears and
to do the same thing to the person next to him and so on.
By the time
to the last
was heard isn’t remotely close to
was originally said.
In the end, everyone laughs and
a kick out of
, there’s nothing funny about
twisted, unless of course, you’re the
questioned Eve about God's Word, she defended it by correcting him, “We MAY
from the trees in the garden,” but
added to the Word by suggesting death to
the result of
How often have
added or taken away from
from tradition, life experiences or our own unwillingness to change?
add or take away from God’s word,
and our foundation becomes shaky.
Cracks start to appear and every shot the enemy takes is an aim towards our weakest point.
Be sure of the
by knowing your
Then no matter where your
points are, God’s
will seal it.
God makes it clear that there’s a price to pay for disobedience.
God doesn’t take time to educate man on the benefits of not eating the fruit.
He doesn’t explain
eating the fruit is so bad or even
the course of
action will lead to
And now man knowing the outcome in advance is left to decide within himself which path to take.
will not certainly die,”
the serpent said to the woman.
eat from it your eyes will be opened, and
will be like
the woman something completely opposite from
So the woman who already doesn’t have a
foundation in God’s Words now has to decide which word is the right;
the first word
from the source or the second word coming from... wait. How did
himself to Eve again?
He presented himself in a form she recognized, an animal.
No alarm there, right?
Besides Adam, all she’s ever seen were animals.
When sin enters your mind, how is it
Does it seem alarming?
, you’d be suspicious of its delivery.
Instead, they may seem
Maybe even innocent at first.
The goal is to
your mind off the truth.
These thoughts come with no consequence.
No bad endings.
Only that something
as a result.
were previously told.
’d be redefining “
” from your eyes.
The serpent’s venom:
, better than
This is his method.
This is his path to steer
He then suggests to Eve that by defying
’s word, she could become
’s equal. The nerve. How could man ever be equal to God? The suggestion may be by becoming his own god.
Think about the ways in which the serpent
’s word in our society.
Here’s an example of the thoughts he plants:
” to sleep around.
There are no bad consequences. You are in control of the outcome.
it with more sex.
feel loved and appreciated.
This is your way to happiness.
Cautious about STDs?
Because yielding to your desires will be to your benefit.
You’ll be satisfied, complete, loved and
God could give.
In essence, he’s saying, "
of your future.
of your desires.
of destiny. You have the power of choice to enable this to happen.
Go after what
, and how
These are all lies.
lead to death.
In disobeying God, Eve did
something she never
knowledge of good and
But having this knowledge didn’t make her like
It made her
’s rival because now she possessed something
never could and something God is against:
This sin separating both her and Adam from their
source of life.
Maybe at one point, you
Or you fell prey to the serpent’s scheme.
Whether it dealt with money, sex, relationships, a job, drugs, education, family, or anything else.
’ve all at one time or another fooled ourselves into
chose would somehow result in something
feeling of fulfillment.
sense of identity.
Or whatever else we sought.
If not, why else would we do it?
But it’s not long after that our bubble bursts.
fall flat and end up regretting what
purpose to never do it again.
That commitment only lasts but
ourselves again in failure’s corner.
Lies must be severed from the root.
The root is not what comes out of a man.
It’s what goes in.
The serpent replaced God’s truth with a lie.
counteract by replacing his lies with truth.
But unlike Eve,
know it and
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