The Devil Deceives

The Devil Deceives

The devil deceives by Michael Robinson
March 22, 2018

The devil uses the same tricks over and over. He really has nothing new. But the problem is people keep falling for it over and over. The devil wants us to embrace sin and reject righteousness. He sells us the theory that sin is good and God is trying to keep us from this “goodness”. The devil reframes the issues so it appeals to our rebellious flesh. Look at what he did to Eve.

First the devil gets us to question God’s word. He wants us to doubt the truthfulness of God, that way we have valid reason to reject the Word of God.

Genesis 3:1-5 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’?”

Second the devil wants you to believe the consequences of rejecting God’s Word are not real or true.

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.

Third the devil tells you the truth but lies about results. If you do the thing the devil wants you will get something “good”. It is not really good, but he frames in a way that sound enticing and pleasing to you.

5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

In our culture and churches today we are falling for the devil’s lies and half-truths all over again.
1. Abortion is a choice – “It’s woman’s body”. Translation = Murder is good, God says no. Devil says yes.
2. Divorce is ok – “God wants me to be happy”. Translation = Divorce is ok if you are not happy. God says no. Devil says yes.
3. Breaking the rules is cool – “My parents are old fashioned, they just don’t understand”. Translation = You can dishonor/disobey your parents. God says no. Devil says yes.
4. It is just an alternative lifestyle – “I was born this way (gay), God made me this way.” Translation = Homosexuality is normal and godly. God say no. Devil says yes.
5. It is about equality – “Gay people should be able to marry just like non-Gay people.” Translation = Marriage (One Man and One Woman) was not established by God. God says yes it was. Devil says no it wasn’t.
6. There are more than two genders – “We want to give our child the freedom to choose their gender without the constraints of societal influence.” Translation = God did not just make two genders (male and female). God says yes I only made two genders. Devils says no there are many genders.
7. The Bible was written by men – “The Bible is not relevant today, it does not take into account the changes in cultures.” Translation = God’s Word cannot be trusted. God says yes it can be trusted. The devil says no it can not be trusted.
8. You need to experiment – “I need to have sex before marriage, so I have experience and find someone sexually compatible.” Translation = Sex before marriage is necessary for a successful marriage. God says no. Devil says yes.

Who are you listening too?

The devil appeals to our rebellious nature and we make excuses for our behavior so we can enjoy the fruit of sin. But we will pay for our rebellion if we continue in it. God wants to save us from ourselves but we have to be willing to trust and obey Him and His Word.

Recap: the devil uses three tricks to deceive you.
A. Question God’s Word (do not trust it)
B. God lied to you about the consequences of sin.
C. If you satisfy your pleasures you will be rewarded with something awesome.

God loves you and only wants the best for you. Do not listen to the devil listen to God.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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