1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (Genesis 3:1-7; NKJV)
I wanted to share a synopsis of a great sermon I heard yesterday which dealt with the spiritual battle we are engaged in. These are the high points and verses used and I invite you to look into this topic further.
In the verses above from Genesis, we see the very first battle between the devil and God’s created children. We see the main actors in this eternal and spiritual battle…our God and Father, our adversary the devil, and us…God’s children. We see God’s family as He intended it attacked and corrupted by the devil…how good he is at winning battles in our lives. We see that the devil will win battles and we will sin. We see in reading the remainder of the Bible that God continually battles for us and though we lose battles He has won the war in Christ Jesus.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:8-11; NKJV)
Remember, we are engaged in a spiritual battle with real and powerful actors. God is active in our lives but so is the devil and we must remain active and continually seek refuge abiding in Jesus Christ (John 15) for He is the only security and salvation we have. He is our Stronghold! Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, flee from and resist the efforts of the devil, and always and continually petition your Father in prayer through your Savior Jesus Christ…He is and will be victorious and we prevail in eternity if we are with Him.
Other scriptures to consider: James 4:4-12…submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (vs. 7); Ephesians 4:25-32…nor give place to the devil. (vs. 27); 1 John 3:7-15…he who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous….he who sins is of the devil…(vs. 7-8); Ephesians 6:10-20…be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…put on the whole armor of God…(vs. 10-11)