5- (May 2017) The Big Con

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Genesis 3:1-8

2 Corinthians 2:10-11

Ephesians 6:11-12

We often fail to recognize how blessed we are because we fall victim to the greatest con ever perpetrated on humanity, by the greatest deceiver ever to operate. It is summed up in principal in the tragic story found in Genesis 3, where the Serpent convinces Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, and to share it with Adam. I reference this story often,
because it sums up the general presentation Satan has used ever since to derail people in their search for spiritual truth and eternal connection with God. The center of this malicious plan is convincing us that God does not care for us properly or have our best at heart.
When this series of articles started two newsletters ago, I asked the question, “If there was anything you could change about your life, what would it be?” Now, we should all recognize that there are legitimate and necessary changes that enhance our lives in many ways. Especially important are the changes we make as we grow closer to our Heavenly Father. But the Devil wants to rob us of all contentment (Matthew 6:33;
Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:8; Hebrews 13:5) sending us on a never-ending quest for “different” and “more.” Substituting possessions and position for God’s perfect provision. Trading ego and attempts at self-sufficiency for peace and joy. Jumping into the swirl of envy, hatred, gossip, and status mongering instead of learning to be happy knowing we’re applying our gifts where God has placed us.
In 2 Corinthians 2:11 and Ephesians 6:11 there are two Greek words with different connotations, often both translated by the English word “schemes.” The Corinthian word implies “plans and strategies of the intellect,” and in Ephesians Paul focuses on “cunning, deceit, craft, trickery.” To sum it up, Satan applies his full intellectual resources to decoy us away from trust and obedience to God, and into whatever counterfeit we reason will suffice. Every time we choose our way above God’s, we reinforce the idea that it’s OK to ignore our
Creator. What positive steps can we take to negate the strategy of Satan?