// READ: GENESIS 3:1-8 //
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

The first wiles of the devil is subtility. He is subtle, he cunningly questioned Eve about the instructions of God and she was deceived. Wiles means tricks or strategies. The devil said they will not surely die because he knew that Eve’s interpretation of death is different from God’s. She thought she would stop existing not knowing that spiritual death is separation from God! Beloved, this is one major way the devil beguiles Christians! He interprets God’s instructions for us, so beware of how you interpret God’s instruction. Truth is the weapon to overcome (John 8:31-32). Jesus overcame His temptation by what is written i.e. the word of God. Learn to interpret God instructions with the Word of God.

PRAYER: Pray that you will not be deceived by the subtility of the devil.

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