"Beware of False Claims" - Sunday, June 16, 2019 - by Dianne Prince
Genesis 3:4 “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.”
We see false claims everywhere. We see them as pop-ups on our computer, on our tablet, on our mobile phones and on our social media pages. We receive them in the U.S. Mail and in e-mail. We get them in text messages. We hear them on the radio. And, we see them on television infomercials. Lose thirty pounds in thirty days. Lower your cholesterol by sixty points in sixty days. Get out of debt in six months. Add ten years to your life and look ten years younger with one treatment.
“Too good to be true” claims promise much, but in many cases, they fall short to deliver on what they promise. They set high expectations for results. But when it is all said and done, they do not always live up to what was promised and they usually have a disclaimer in the fine print.
In our scripture today, Eve has fallen victim to false claims from the devil. Keep in mind, the enemy is slick. He is shrewd. He is tricky. He is a smooth operator and He works in an unassuming manner. He approached Eve in the garden and innocently asked, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’” (Genesis 3:1) Unbeknownst to Eve, what the devil was doing, was subtly planting a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind. Instead of rebuking the devil with the Word of God, Eve engaged in conversation with him.
God explicitly told Adam in Genesis 2:17, “The day you eat from the tree, you will certainly die.” The devil took God’s word and manipulated it to accomplish his purpose. He said to Eve, “The day you [Eve] eat from the tree you will NOT certainly die.” (Genesis 3:5)
The devil took God’s Word and added one little three letter word—“not”. That one word, added to God’s Word, completely changed the meaning of scripture. However, it was internalized by Eve, and was planted in her mind. Remember what goes into the mind, stays there. If what you let into your mind is contrary to the Word of God, it will become sin, if acted upon.
Sin starts as a thought. If it is not nipped in the bud, the thought will take root. Whatever takes root in your mind will grow and produce fruit. When acted upon it results in spiritual failure, transgression, iniquity, a.k.a, sin.
Because Eve entertained the thought that “ye shall not surely die”, the thought became belief. As a result, she quickly spiraled into sin and pulled Adam down with her.
Temptation is introduced through your senses—hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting and touching. Genesis 3:6 says, “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.”
The fruit looked appealing (lust of the eyes). It was going to taste good (lust of the flesh) and it would satisfy her flesh as she consumed it. Also, the devil had promised her the fruit would make her wise (pride of life). 1 John 2:16 warns us, “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
The fruit did not make Eve wise, as the devil promised her. Instead, it caused all of mankind to fall into a perpetual state of sin. Instead of becoming wise like God, man entered a state of physical and spiritual death. What a false claim!
Think twice about anything that tickles your senses. It may be temptation conjured up by the enemy, disguised as being from God.
Beware. Why? Everything that looks good is not good for you.
Be cautious. Why? Everything that makes you feel good may not be the best thing for you.
Be vigilant. Why? Everything that promises to make you wise may turnout to be forbidden fruit.
Beware of false claims. If they do not line up with the Word of God, run in the other direction.
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