Light for the Last Days

How often do we fall when we’re alone?

Daniel Bishop

SHORT TALK

How often, brothers and sisters, are we attacked when we’re on our own? How often do we fall into temptations when we’re on our own, when no one is watching?

But the Lord God sees all things. Have you ever watched a David Attenborough documentary, and seen a herd of animals all together in the open field. When the lions come to attack, the strongest in the pack form the perimeter ring, and all those who are weak, go to the middle.

The lions find it incredibly difficult to attack and they wait, and wait, and wait still for one of them to wander off, one that goes out of the perimeter on their own. The lions then attack that one.

The pack is too strong together even for the lions. Beloved, we need to be with each other, we need each other when the time comes for a more intense persecution, we need each other, we need the body of Messiah. We are not lone soldiers, we are part of one body in Christ Jesus our Head. we need to be walking in the spirit daily.

Ephesians 6.12 says,

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6.12

We have an adversary that is incredibly cunning, and has had a long time to perfect his craft. Satan’s first attack was against the Word of God. His first attack was levelled against the Word of God to try and confuse Eve about what God had actually said and as to the meaning of what God said. He tried to undermine the Word of God:

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3.4-5

When I was preparing this, I thought about Chris’s last two sermons. His first sermon was about why we should read the Word of God, His second sermon last week was about the practical application of reading God’s Word.

Well, today, this follows on this and shows the attack, the first attack that Satan undertook was levelled against the Word of God which makes it so important and why we should be reading the Word of God for ourselves. It should be our daily bread.

Brothers and sisters, if a man does not eat, what happens? It’s a question. What happens? He dies. Do you not, likewise, die if you do not have spiritual food. You will stagnate, you will be weak, and you’ll be open to attack.

As God said, you should not eat of every tree of the garden. Satan took something positive which was God’s command and turned it into a negative. He want it to make it almost like ‘He won’t let you eat this one‘. Some kind of peer pressure effect. How often have we been entrapped by peer pressure. Maybe our parents told us not to do something, and our friend said: “Oh! Come on! What do they know?” Peer pressure it is very powerful.

Proverbs is a beautiful book. I’ve been studying it and so many parts of Proverbs tell us, warn us about the company that we keep.

We need to be on our guard. Verses 2 to 5. Eve replied to the serpent and triggered Satan’s response. And a woman said that Eve’s first mistake was to engage with the serpent.

What she should have done was to probably just run away. She should have done what the Archangel Michael did when contesting with the Devil in Jude 1.9. It says:

Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Jude 1.9

That’s all he said. Eve should have done the same. She said ‘we may eat of the fruit or the trees of the garden‘. Eve’s knowledge was partially correct, but she didn’t say the name of the tree. Maybe she didn’t know the name, maybe Adam hadn’t told her.

What did God actually say in Genesis 2.16? It says,

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Genesis 2.17

Eve misquoted God’s command. She said,

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Genesis 3.2-3

Of course, it’s probably good not to touch the thing you’re not meant to eat. However, we know from Matthew 15.9 that it’s dangerous to teach the doctrines of man as if they were the commands of God.

Lest you die‘, she said. Did she even know what that meant? She’d never seen death or destruction, and ‘the serpent said to the woman: you shall not surely die‘.

Did God really say that? Satan questions the validity of God’s Word. It is revisionism. How often do we hear this? Did God really mean that? Is that really the interpretation? Should you really take it literally?

Let me put some ground rules in place. God’s word is complete:

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2 Timothy 3.16

God’s word doesn’t change:

89 Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.

Psalm 119.89

and,


The
 grass withersthe flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40.8

There is also a warning not to change God’s Word, at the back end of Revelation and also in Proverbs 30.6

Do not add to His words,
Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Proverbs 30.6

“Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Revelation 21.5

Despite what God instructs, there are many in the church who are revising what God has said, either for LGBTQ+ agenda, or reinterpreting God’s word to support abortions. It is called ‘revisionism’. The Devil has created a very well-crafted tactic to change God’s Word, even to literally reinterpret it.

Take what the Jehovah’s Witnesses do with their book, that is, completely rewording what God has said. God’s Word does not change. Paul was so concerned about the church situation that in 2 Corinthians 11.3, he mentions it. And he even links it back to the Garden of Eden, to how Satan tempted Eve, then he tempted the church, the early church.

He tempts us in the same way today in 2 Corinthians 11.3 it says,

But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

2 Corinthians 11.3-4

Paul was concerned. So should we be. Beloved, the church has been devastated by revisionism. People are changing and reinterpreting God’s Word. Let us think upon Evolution and the attack against the very fundamentals of Genesis as raw destruction amongst the churches.

Satan hasn’t changed his tactics from Genesis 3. He knows it works. It has wrought destruction amongst the churches. This is why we should not give place to the devil.

In Ephesians 4.26 it says,

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 

Ephesians 4.26-27

Don’t let Satan infiltrate and get a foothold. How do we give Satan the foothold? By what we watch, what we play, who we associate with, what we read, how we speak to one another, how we conduct ourselves at work, universities or schools, or even at the bus stop, who we associate with, how we treat one another, and how we talk to one another.

We should love the body of Messiah and then he says:

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.

Ephesians 4.29-31

Then, the Devil says to Eve:

You will not surely die.

Genesis 3.4

The serpent attacks what God says. Now, he completely contradicts it: “You shall not surely die“. He first wanted Eve to forget all about the Word of God and about the consequences of sin. When we forget about the consequences of sin, we land up in sin. And when I was thinking upon this, I thought about Moses in Hebrews 11.24, which says,

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11.24-26

He looked to whom? He looked to his Saviour.

Tony Pearce

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