“The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. (Genesis 3:1-6)
Read the last paragraph again.
It says that Satan had convinced Eve. And it only took one sentence. All it took was one sentence to set Eve’s mind in motion to get her thoughts moving in the wrong direction. The verses after “the woman was convinced” are Eve’s thoughts, words that Satan had never even said. But he didn’t have to, he had planted a seed in her thought pattern that had poisoned the way that she perceived the world around her.
Often times I find that one thing can disrupt my whole day, or one poisoned thought can derail my entire thought life for an afternoon, even one criticism can bum me out for at least an hour. I think that is where satan is at his best. He works most effectively in his one liners. One thing, one word, one comment, one thought…that’s all we need to take what he planted and run with it. Then we start adding to his one liner and snowball the situation to make it bigger than it had to be. And then the round goes to Satan.
I believe we must fight Satan on his first shot. We must learn his one liners that he uses on us individually (for some maybe he attacks body image, for others maybe grades in school, or your effectiveness at parenting) so that we can stop the snowball effect right in is tracks. Don’t fall for the devil’s one liners…stop him before the words even leave his mouth.