About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
has been said that deception is the devil's weapon of choice.
Revelation 20:8 predicts the time when satan will be released from
prison to deceive the nations one last time, something he has been doing
since he deceived Eve (1 Timothy 2:14) in the Garden of Eden.
the devil's deceptive ways in mind, the Apostle Peter told us to be alert
and sober minded because the devil prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom
he can devour (1 Peter 3:8). The
words "sober minded" are translated from the Greek word "nepho,"
which means "to be free from intoxicating influences."
Eve was not sober minded when she was deceived by a satanic
commanded Adam not to eat from one specific tree and if he did eat from
that tree he would certainly die (Genesis 2:17).
The Hebrew verb translated as "certainly die" is a very
strong verb. In other words,
as soon as Adam bit into the forbidden fruit he would certainly,
certainly, certainly, beyond any doubt, die.
in conversation with the devil, Eve reminded him that God told them that if
they eat from that tree they would die (Genesis 3:3).
The Hebrew verb translated as "die" in Eve's statement is
a very weak form of the strong Hebrew verb God spoke to Adam.
Unlike God's strong assertion that they would certainly, certainly,
die, Eve just said they would die. Eve
devalued the Word of God by weakening its impact on their lives.
responded by telling Eve that God did not say they would certainly die
(Genesis 3:4). Unlike
Eve, but like God, satan used the strong form of the Hebrew verb "to
die." Satan understood
the certainly of death on humanity as he twisted God's command to suit his
point is this. Eve devalued
the Word of God by weakening it, causing her to be intoxicated by satanic
deception. Understanding this
is important. As the end of
this age draws closer satanic deception will come at us in various forms
and from all directions. Jesus
warned us that in the last days there will be false miracle-working
prophets who will deceive many (Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:6).
The Apostle Paul agreed. He
predicted the day when people will be deceived by believing a powerful
delusion (2 Thessalonians 2:11). They
will hire men who will teach them what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3).
Like it or not, satanic deception is an escalating reality.
comes in the form of false teaching, satanic inspired miracles,
intoxicating influences from our anti-Christ culture, and more.
Peter was right. We
must be alert and sober minded. Unlike
Eve, we must value the Word of God. It,
along with the Holy Spirit and those to whom He has joined us in the Body
of Christ will provide us with the ability to stand strong in the face of
intoxicating satanic influences. May
you be one of the remnant of God's people who will stand strong against
the coming onslaught of satanic deception.