1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;
3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’”
4 The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!
5 For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.

From his earliest days on earth, Satan was busy scheming and misleading. Ever since the garden, Satan hasn’t stopped trying to distract, destroy, and debilitate God’s people from their purpose. 

We ought to not assume that we have any high ground on Adam and Eve in our ability to avoid the schemes of the devil. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are just as prone to believe Satan’s lies and reject the truth about God.

Do not be deceived. There is a very real enemy stalking you and waiting for his chance to completely destroy you. Satan didn’t cease to act after deceiving Adam and Eve into sinning against God by eating the forbidden fruit. 

God’s people must continually be on the watch for him.

• How often do you think about Satan as a real threat in your life? What are the dangers of ignoring this truth?
• How can you practically guard against the schemes of the devil in your life?
• Pray and ask God to guide you and keep you watchful against the attacks of the devil.