Daily Reflections

Subtle Tricks

August 17, 2022 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

The great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. —Revelation 12:9

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Our culture is riddled with deception. Sometimes it’s easy to see through the hype; other times it’s not quite so easy to detect.

Satan is a clever and cunning pitchman whose intention to change Adam and Eve’s thinking about God set up the first advertising campaign. Satan’s objective was to drive a wedge between God and His creatures. He rightly assumed that the man and woman weren’t likely to support anything that appeared to be an all-out assault on God. He knew that, instead, he would have to subtly trick them, to seduce them by making an offer that appeared reasonable, desirable, and not entirely “anti-God.”

Satan deceived Eve through a clever combination of outright lies, half-truths, and falsehoods disguised as truth. He began by planting seeds of doubt in her mind about what God had actually said (Gen. 3:1). It wasn’t long after that Eve bought the lie.

Make it Personal

Ask God to help you be aware of any subtle tricks Satan may try to play on you.