“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’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 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.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” “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.” Genesis 3:1-6
Just as God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Satan also is the same. Once Satan sinned in heaven, his demeanor changed for all time. We can learn some about Satan and his fall from heaven in Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, & Revelation 12. Satan was once the most beautiful, glorious angel who served God right by His side, but Satan became prideful. He desired the worship that was rightly due to God and deceived 1/3 of the angels of heaven to follow him, promising worship and greatness to them. God then cast them down to the earth to wander and deceive the earth during a set time period before the return of Christ. Today, we call these fallen angels, demons. They are real and they are present.
- “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14
- “You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.” Ezekiel 28:14-17
- “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth…” Revelation 12:4
Satan’s trick to deceive 1/3 of the angels, Eve, and us are all the same. We need to recognize his patterns so that we are able to run from his tricks. Satan’s only goal is to destroy all that God has made. He has no love in his heart, so all of his intentions are evil.
- “…Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
Satan’s process of deceiving is very sneaky and cunning, afterall, he is the smartest and wisest of all of God’s creations (Gen 3:1). His lures are so appealing to us, that we often fall because of his tactics. We are deceiving ourselves if we believe we can outsmart Satan, so our only defense it to know God’s Word, and know the patterns of Satan.
- Satan sows doubt to question God’s Word: “Did God really say that you couldn’t?” Gen 3:1
- Satan calls God a liar: “You surely won’t die.” Gen 3:3
- Satan tells us we will become better, more powerful, more wise, more beautiful, … basically, more like God: “God knows in the day you will eat this, your eyes will be open, and you will be like God…” Gen 3:5
When we do fall into Satan’s traps, hopefully, we will get to a state of repentance so that we can be restored once again to our heavenly Father.
- “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. 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. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” 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.” Genesis 3:7-12
How does it happen?
- We see something
- We desire that something
- We take action to get that something
- We recognize that we have failed
- We hide and try to ignore our sin
- We blame others or our situation for why we fell
- Hopefully, and finally, we come into repentance
God understands our downfalls and so has provided a way for us to return to Him and escape Satan’s path of destruction. Jesus Christ is the one who grabs us from the grips of Satan and helps guide and direct us to follow Him on the path to righteousness.
- “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’” Acts 26:18
- “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
“Watch out for false prophets [any one, or satan, trying to deceive you]. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15