Stopping the Thieves – Part 2

Stopping the Thieves – Part 2

PT 2by Timothy Jerry

(John 10:10 NLT) The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.

Satan is a thief. His objective is to steal from us, and destroy our lives. His primary tactic in accomplishing this is deception. He is the father of lies, and everything that he speaks is a lie. This has been his tactic from the beginning of time. When he convinced Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden, he lied to her in order to convince her to use her God given authority against herself. Let’s look at the biblical account as given in Genesis to see how this all came down.

(Genesis 3: 1-6 NKJV) Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” {2} And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; {3} but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” {4} Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. {5} 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.” {6} 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…”

Notice how the enemy deceived Eve. First of all he begins by bending her ear. This is why we must be diligent to build God’s word into our hearts, be awake and on guard against the strategies and deceits of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-18;1 Peter 5:8)   The enemy gains access into our lives by drawing us away from God’s word. (James 1:13-14 NKJV) Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. {14} But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. {15} Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

As a believer we must be drawn away from the word of God, or Satan cannot accomplish his deception in our lives. When Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness Jesus continued to answer him by declaring, “It is written!” He refused to allow the devil to draw him away from the clearly written word of God. You see the devil will twist what God’s word says in order to bend our ear. Then he will pervert the truth so he can deceive us. (Romans 1:18 NKJV) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness… To suppress or hold the truth in unrighteousness means to twist the truth, or to mix the truth with lies. This is what the enemy does in order to gain access into people’s lives. He mixes a lie in with the truth so that we will swallow the poison.

You will notice that once the devil gained access into Eve’s life, then he took the next step by planting his poison into her mind. (Genesis 3:2-4) And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” 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.”

Satan directly challenges the authority of God’s word. He actually calls God a liar, and then replaces what God has clearly said with his poisonous lie. “You will not die…you will be like God.” This is the same tactic that he has been using ever since. He challenges God’s integrity by challenging God’s word. He draws us away from the word through lies and deception, and then robs us by convincing us to act upon his lies. (Genesis 3:6 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…”

He couldn’t steal from Eve until he was able to convince her to act upon his lies. In the same manner, he cannot rob anyone else unless he can lure them away from the truth of God’s word, and then convince them to bring about their own destruction. Is it any wonder why there is such hostility against the authority of God’s word, the Bible? As long as we do not cast away our trust in God’s word, we can endure any trial the enemy can bring our way.

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