I am sure we’ll agree that the Bible is meant, among many things, to be a textbook for us to learn from.
2 Timothy 3:16 (GNB) tells us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living.”
By recalling the lives of the various characters, we can learn from them – we can imitate what they did well, and we can avoid making the mistakes that they made.
For the next few days, we will look at Eve. The woman who incorrectly bears the responsibility for introducing sin into the world.
That fault lies with one individual – the devil, in the guise of a serpent.
Unfortunately, Eve made several mistakes.
Genesis 3:1-3 GNB
1. Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the LORD God had made. The snake asked the woman, “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” 2.“We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,” the woman answered, 3.“except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.”
Mistake #1 – Eve engaged in a conversation with the devil.
When the serpent began to talk to Eve, what should she have done?
The Bible tells us in James 4:7 (KJV), “Submit yourselves to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Synonyms of resist include:
- Show hostility to
- To refuse to
- Have an aversion to
Now, does entertaining a conversation sound like any of these?
No, it doesn’t.
Eve underestimated the devil.
But consider this. Are we any different today?
Many of us entertain the devil; we engage him in debate and dialogue, foolishly thinking that we could beat him at his game.
Well, as Eve found out, to her detriment, the devil plays to win. And we will be no different unless we learn to resist.
Here’s the lesson for us all – Stop playing games with the devil.
When he comes at us, resist; walk away.
We can’t beat him. Only God can.
2 Chronicles 20:15 (KJV) reminds us, “…for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
God doesn’t need our help.
Instead, He could use our trust.
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