Seeds of doubt

1 Now the snake 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”?’…4 ‘You will not certainly die,’ the snake said to the woman. 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.’ Genesis 3:1,4-5

This week we will be looking into the topic of temptation and picking out some interesting and helpful principles from the Bible to help us in our Christian walk. In today’s passage, we read about the temptation of the first people on earth, Adam and Eve. The first thing that the devil, working through the serpent says to Eve is “did God really say…” The minute you hear that (from anyone), you need to stop and figure out what is going on because, either they are trying to deceive you or you had always misheard God, both which are very serious.

In the case of the devil and the way he tempts us, he will question God’s word to either make it (and hence God) seem unreasonable and cause us to doubt God’s word or to not trust His character. When the devil tempts us, he plays with our minds. We start to lower our standards of purity and we compromise the truth. We tell ourselves, “this is not so bad afterall”, or “surely God didn’t mean this command the way it sounds”.

This is why we need to be strong in the Word of God and to be sure of what we believe and where we stand, especially on issues that trip us up, so that when the devil whispers nonsense in our ears, we will not buy it and will know exactly how to resist him. Are you clear on God’s word and attitude towards money, sexuality, relationships, work, speech and any other issues that you face in life? If not, read the word to get clear and be prepared at all times.



The sword of His mouth

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Sure as anything!

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How to be blessed

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More Precious Than Gold

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Guard your heart

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It is Written!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7 Carefully read Matthew 4:1-11, the story of the temptation of

Stoke the fire

<blockquote>Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind

The Bible – Useful to train

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The Bible – Our guide

<blockquote>Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalms 119:105</blockquote> This is the longest chapter of the entire Bible and ea