Seeing Doubt For What It Is

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus' description of himself "I am the Good Shepherd" (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: "To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seeing Doubt For What It Is

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which
the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God
said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:1

The enemy of our souls never seems to make a direct frontal attack. In
this verse, we see that he begins his assault by approaching the woman
God got from Adam’s rib. If you must defeat a two-person team, you
rarely begin with an assault on the stronger or the senior member. You
tackle the junior or the smaller member first, hoping to divide and
conquer. This technique began with satan in the Garden.

His first device is to question God’s Word in a subtle way: “Hath God
said…?” The devil always works to introduce doubt, but usually he
does it so smoothly that you may not even recognize it at first. The Hebrew word for subtle means cunning, crafty and smooth. Notice that he
asks questions, planting doubt in our hearts and minds: Is this really
God’s way? Did He really mean what He said? Does it have to be only
this way? What do you think God really meant?

It is no accident that satan asked Eve this question. He wasn’t
interested in Eve’s answer; he was interested in planning his own
answer in Eve’s mind.

Prayer for Today

Father,
Your Word remains true and faithful, even in the fact of satan’s
attacks. I choose to listen only to You and to plant Your Words in my
heart and mind so that I can live blameless before You. In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Think on These Things

Genesis 3:13-15
2 Corinthians 11:3

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

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