Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:1-3; Matthew 8:16, 32; 1 Corinthians 14:33
Apparently, before the Fall, it wasn’t unusual for animals to talk, since there is no indication that Eve was startled when the serpent spoke. Her first mistake, however, was taking time to dialog with the enemy (see Gen. 3:2-3). Nothing he says is for our own good, no matter how intelligent, brilliant, or reasonable he may sound. So, why listen?
When Jesus cast demons out of people, He never took time to converse with them. Instead, He spoke just one word—“go”—and the demons departed (see Matt. 8:16, 32). What would have happened if Eve had simply walked away? Unfortunately, we will never know.
At times we fight a dichotomous battle between doubt and belief. Satan finds this extremely entertaining. If he could, he’d buy a front row seat just to watch us squirm. The devil is the instigator of confusion, turmoil, fear, and uncertainty. When we find ourselves lacking peace, our best defense is to remember that it didn’t come from God (see 1 Cor. 14:33).
- How do you respond with the battles between doubt and belief start?
- What other scriptures can help you stay focused more on the Lord than on what the devil is doing?