The Devil And His Games
Posted: Monday, January 2
Verse of the Day:
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4 NLT)
The Devil knows exactly how to get to us. He’s been around for a long time and has been perfecting his skills with every last victim. He knows our desires, weaknesses, and how to perfectly execute temptations to nudge us in his direction. He's got his playbook mastered. I’ve seen time and time again how the enemy lures people in, offering a glamorous and more fulfilling life if only we do things his way.
It’s tricky, because in the moment Satan is so good about blinding us to the truth. We may know the righteous path, might even want to do the right thing, but when he lays out his trap it can seem as if there’s no escape. Do we even have a chance? He’s been messing with people since the first ones were created. He baited Eve with a dose of truth, that she would experience the knowledge of good and evil, and dusted it with the sweet half-truth that she would be like God. Surely he is the master and we are but puppets to his games of destruction.
If you want to start out 2017 on the right foot by mastering the Devil at his own game, then memorize James 4:7, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” This verse reminds me of my one year old daughter, Chloe, who runs to me when scared. She grabs my legs or my shoulders with a death grip and snuggles in tight. In her mind, if she can just hold onto Dad, hopefully the scary people will disappear. The Bible makes it clear that the Devil will disappear if we resist, run, and sprint towards Jesus. In the moments of temptation, when it seems like the sin will be so utterly satisfying, humbly cry out to Jesus for help. He will rescue us from the Devil and his games and provide a clear way out.