Satan Hates the Voice of God
Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.' " Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
-Matthew 4:10-11, emphasis added
The "bad guy" in paradise-that old serpent, Satan-planned a masterful scheme for mankind! More than anything, he has wanted to make us doubt, reject, and become deafened to the voice of God! And had you and I been in the Garden of Eden instead of Adam and Eve, we would have made the same fatal choice. Instead of listening to God, they listened to Satan, who took God's Word and twisted it. Satan must have thought that he'd scored a final coup with his plan to cut off the voice of Jesus from His children (Genesis 3:1-5).
Satan's Four Spiritual Flaws: Satan's plan, even to this day, involves four elements from Genesis 3 that are the main threads that weave together through all the false religions of the world. All false religions are derived from these lies of Satan that seek to keep mankind from listening to the voice of their Creator. We will cover three of them now, and then go over the fourth in tomorrow's devotional.
1. Doubt God's Word: When young people are first exposed to secular scientific theories (with the God of Scripture left out), Satan always plants this seed of doubt in their minds: "Has God indeed said . . . ?" (3:1b). Since listening to the voice of Jesus always involves the Bible, Satan tries to persuade us that God's Word is just like any other book. "Oh," he says, "The Bible is nice, perhaps helpful, but it is not absolute." His ultimate plan is to keep us from regular contact with the Lord by questioning, avoiding, or neglecting the Word. The Lesson: You doubt God when you doubt His Word.
2. Doubt God's goodness: Satan planted seeds of doubt in Eve when he said, "Did God really say, ‘Youshall not eat of every tree of the garden'?" (3:1b). He wanted her to doubt God and His goodness. He likewise bombards each of us by whispering lies such as: God is trying to hold out on you . . . He is robbing you of some good times . . . He is out of touch with your needs . . . He missed that disaster you just went through . . . He messed up on how He made you . . . God means well, but since He doesn't quite have everything under control, that makes Him not good.
Satan's fiery darts of lies are reserved for our most vulnerable moments. For instance, when a baby is born who is not fully functioning, or a young person's life is cut off in what seems to be a tragic and untimely death, a normal reaction is to cry out, "Why, Lord?" Things like this simply make no sense to our finite minds, so we may be tempted to doubt God's goodness.
3. Doubt God's authority: In Satan's next all-out attack to deceive Eve, he says point blank: "You will not surely die" (3:4). Satan loves it when we doubt God! He wants us to believe that God is not in charge, that God is not interested in our choices, and that God will not hold us accountable for our deeds. When that happens, every man or woman does whatever seems right in his or her own eyes. That is the hallmark of our world-take charge of your own life, and be all you can or want to be! The Lesson: You doubt God when you doubt God's authority.
Never forget that Satan's masterful scheme is to make you doubt, reject, and become deafened to the voice of Jesus. Because you are not listening to the voice of Jesus when you think wrongly about God, daily ask yourself: Whose voice am I listening to?
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