“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did god really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? The woman said to the serpent, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden….” Genesis 3:1-2 NIV
In the past I’ve found myself susceptible to talking with the enemy through people who I knew would only bring a negative impact on my life. I’m not sure if you’ve experienced a time when you could feel yourself getting drawn into a conversation and knew you should get out before you said something you didn’t want to say, but lingered too long? Have you ever talked with someone who through the power of their words caused you to doubt yourself or God?
In the beginning of Genesis 3 we see Eve give in to her susceptibility to talk with the enemy. She has a literal discussion with the devil.
That doesn’t happen often today, and we know the enemy doesn’t have skin on, but he will use people to speak his lies to us, if we let them.
Whenever we ‘talk to the enemy’ our thinking gets messed up. In Genesis 3, verses 1-4 the serpent’s words cause Eve to doubt God and by verse 5 he easily has her doubting who she was when he says,
“For God knows when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.”
The truth is that Eve was already like god, she was created in the image of God.
What frequently goes on in my life are conversations with the voice of the enemy in my head. All too often when “the accuser”1 fills my brain with negative thoughts about me or my God I start to discuss them, instead of shut them down.
Jesus was the perfect example when tempted in the desert of how to silence the enemies voice. Jesus replied with scripture.
In The Beginning, we were susceptible to talking with the enemy but through the power of the Spirit we can “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”2 So exercise your authority and end the conversation.
Father…Your word tells me that I can “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” and how I can “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”3 I have all the authority I need to silence the enemy. Help me to follow through with the power you’ve given and not be susceptible to talking with the enemy any more. In Jesus Name…Amen
1 Revelations 12:10
2 2 Corinthians 10:5
3 2 Corinthians 10:5
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