The aim of the enemy is to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10. Most of the time, this objective is accomplished not by an all out blitz but rather through deception. Just as the serpent did not scare Eve into compromising the Word of God but rather talked her into it, so he does even unto this hour. Deception takes time.
What exactly was the serpent tying so hard to get Adam and Eve to believe? According to Genesis 3, the ultimate aim was the rejection of God and His Word. When Eve and then Adam willingly disobeyed the specific Word of God and ate of the forbidden fruit NOT believing they would surely die, the enemy had succeeded in his mission of seduction and deception.
The serpent "messed with Eve's head" by causing her to question what God had told her and Adam. Once she responded by considering God did not really mean what He said and said what He meant, it was only a matter of time until she bought the lies being told her by the serpent.
To catch a fish, one must have a lure that looks exactly like the food the fish is used to eating. If the fish believes the lure is the real thing, it will "take the bait" and of course get caught. If the lure is not right or used correctly, the fish will reject it as not being real and move on. The key to the enemy's success is found in his ability to mimic what comes from God.
Governments spend a lot of time and money developing currency that cannot be counterfeited. This is because those who are intent on printing their own money, keep working to produce replicas of the real thing so close to being perfect it takes an expert many times to know what is real and what is counterfeit. So too, the enemy devotes massive amounts of time developing schemes that appear to from God and thus backed up by His integrity.
The constant battle, especially regarding major decisions we make in this life, revolves around establishing for certain what is really from God and what is in reality a counterfeit intended to distract, deter or destroy us. Learning to spiritually discern matters is vital if a Christian expects to remain faithful in the long run.
To do this, we must first study and learn the Word of God and put on the whole armor of God. We must strive to listen to the still small voice of the Master within us as He whispers instructions in discerning good and bad, right and wrong and other matters. We need the help of each other to keep us strong and see things we miss.
If Eve had called for Adam to come hear the message of the serpent, perhaps the outcome would have been different. But, since she innocently listened, considered and ultimately believed the lie we all know the tragic consequences which took place.
We get so arrogant believing that we can, within ourselves, distinguish the counterfeit from the real thing. The truth of the matter is, we can't... not without the help of the Holy Spirit. Yet so often we fail to heed Him, instead thinking that we can't be fooled when in reality, we can be so easily duped by the enemy.
We are commanded to watch and pray. We would do well to do so.
Amen brother. He always convinces to ignore the warnings of God. He hasn't stopped, and is doing fantastic at it still. The scripture has many warnings, and most ignore still. Or, just change the meanings, like satan did. Better quit. Great blog. God Bless.