The Snake Still Speaks

Some things never change.

One thing in particular that hasn’t changed for thousands of years is the character and game plan of Satan. Jesus said that Satan is “the father of lies” and “was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).

Peter warns Christians, toward the end of his first letter:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.[1]

We are told to “be firm in faith” to resist the devil. Where does faith come from? Paul says “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”[2]

Late in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul exhorts Christians”Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”[3] Included in that armor, as the only offensive weapon, is the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”[4]

We are told to combat Satan with the Word of God, and to stand firm against him in faith, which comes from the Word of God. God’s word is our primary weapon and defense.

If you were Satan (don’t think about that too hard), what would be the focus of your assault? What strategy would you employ to deceive and mislead? How about attacking God’s word?

This was the original strategy Satan employed, and the Snake still speaks.

Genesis 3:1-5
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Satan’s approach was to question God’s word, and then engage in a dialogue with Eve, twisting and subtly manipulating until she caved. He began by questioning God’s word, and when Eve responded accurately, Satan employed a full frontal assault. “You will not surely die.” His attack on God’s word soon became an attack on God’s motives and character.

Satan also attempted this same strategy in his temptation of Jesus.

Three times Satan tried to deceive Jesus, even twisting God’s word himself in an effort to trap God’s Son. But every time Jesus responded “It is written…” employing God’s word in context and in power to defeat the Enemy.

The Snake still speaks. His target is still God’s word. His goal is still to manipulate and control. But the fact remains, Jesus defeated him and he gives his followers everything necessary to do the same. Satan goes after God’s word because he knows that it contains the power, along with the blood of Jesus, to defeat him.

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.
Revelation 12:11

[1] 1 Peter 5:8-9

[2] Romans 10:17

[3] Ephesians 6:11

[4] Ephesians 6:17

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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2 Responses to The Snake Still Speaks

  1. Tom "Rider" Erickson says:

    Thank you so very much for this. So many people are deceived, even many of the Christ followers. Satan is a defeated foe, but is still actively attempting to steal, kill and destroy. It is written, resist the devil and he will flee, draw nearer to God and He will draw nearer to you. It is written, behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means will hurt you. Luke 10:19. Good stuff!
    Tom ‘Rider’ Erickson

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