Today’s Reading | 2 Corinthians 11
How did the serpent deceive Eve in the garden? Why not go back to Genesis 3 and read the account again to refresh your memory. If you look closely at Genesis 3, you will see Satan used a method he still employs successfully today. It is also a method Paul was afraid Satan would use on those in the church at Corinth. First, in Genesis 3, you see that Satan tried to get Eve to see God as being restrictive. Instead of Eve looking at all the other trees in the garden she could eat from, her attention was drawn to the “one” tree which God told her not to eat. Then, Satan got her to question God’s motives for His instructions and expectations. Satan implied God had given instructions, not for her good or because He loved her, but because He was unkind and selfish. Has Satan tried to convince you that God’s ways are restrictive and unfair? Do you focus on what you do not have rather than on all He has given you? Has he tried to convince you that God does not have your best interest at heart and is unkind and selfish? If so, memorize the truth of Scripture so that you can quote it when Satan tries to deceive you. Resist him, and he will flee.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?