Have you ever experienced being hindered to go to church or some spiritual activity? Have you ever felt hopeless in a particular area of your life? As Christians, we are all aware that we are in a spiritual battle every day of our lives. Sadly, we almost always feel defeated whenever the enemy attacks. But if we have a victorious God, why do we still fall to temptation? Let us read Genesis 3:8-15.
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. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
This familiar story in the Bible tells us about the fall of man. After committing an act of rebellion against God, Adam and Eve hid from God. We saw how sin entered humanity and man’s relationship with God broken. But if we look closer, this chapter also tells us about the defeat of the enemy!
15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Yes, God cursed Adam and Eve as a consequence of their disobedience but God’s curse on the serpent is a declaration of his impending doom! We all know that to kill a snake, all you have to do is crush its head. The enemy is only allowed to strike our heel but God gave us authority to crush its head! Jesus affirms this in Luke 10:19.
19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
But you might ask, if that is true, then how come I feel so defeated? How come I still fall into temptation? Why do I feel so weak? That is because striking the heel causes someone to stumble and sometimes, they fall hard. And the devil is cunning. He is wise and knows what he’s doing.
The Devil’s Game Plan: Lies and Deceptions
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and stayed not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” – John 8:44
The enemy uses lies and deception to sway us; to keep us from the Truth. What are the lies and deceptions that the enemy causes you to believe in?
- About God? “Did God really say?”
Did God really say that I am forgiven? Loved?
- About yourself? “Who told you that you are naked?”
I am not good enough. I don’t belong here.
- About others?
He’s hopeless. They won’t listen. It’s useless to talk to them.
They won’t like me anyway.
And though sometimes we already know that they are all lies, we still listen to them and worse, man’s response is to blame others about his fall. We must learn to distinguish truth from lies and for us to do that we must know the Truth and that is Jesus.
Man’s Response: The Blame Game
The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (v. 12-13)
It has been an endless game of pointing finger since the beginning. Either we blame others, the situation, an event, and later on, God. It is very hard for us humans to admit our mistakes and failures. We love playing the role of the “victim”, pampering our weaknesses and sins and demanding that everyone should understand us if they really love us. We have to change this kind of attitude and mindset. Don’t give up the fight even before you started. It’s time to end the blame game and address the problem head on!
Jesus has given us authority to crush the enemy’s head. And by authority, he means that we must exercise it. It is your choice whether to give in or resist the enemy.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” –Titus 2:11-12
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
The enemy might have wounded Jesus’ heel, but He has crushed Satan’s head when He died on the Cross. And if we are in Christ, we are sharing this victory with Him. Jesus doesn’t want us to live defeated lives. He wants us to have life and live it victoriously. We will overcome because we have a victorious God!
- What do you think are the lies and deceptions that you have been listening to until now?
- Do you also tend to look for someone to blame whenever faced with trouble?
- What specific actions are you going to do to resist the enemy and break from its influence over you?