Read: John 8:37-47
Satan’s control over humanity began when he turned the minds of Adam and Eve against God. In order to pull it off, he had to lie to them about God, and they fell for it. In that defining moment, he lied to them about God’s goodness, God’s Word, and God’s intentions (Gen. 3:1-6).
Satan is still using his old tricks. Jesus said that when the devil “speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). It should not be surprising that when trouble interrupts our lives, the father of lies whispers in our ears and suddenly we are questioning God’s goodness. When we are told to follow God’s commands, we wonder if His Word is really true in the first place. When Jesus tells us things like, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19), Satan tells us that the good life is about accumulating things here on earth, causing us to doubt God’s good intentions.
Our problem is that we, like Adam and Eve, tend to believe Satan’s lies. And when we do, our loyalty to God is compromised. Then our enemy moves to his next assignment, leaving us alone to face our regrets and the realisation that his lies have seduced us away from our truest and dearest Friend. Who have you been listening to recently? Always remember that the power of Satan is no match for the power of God’s Word.