Eve should have refuted satan’s lie. She didn’t. She began to mull over the serpent’s next words. Genesis 3:5 says, “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.”
The false advertising was his lure. She looked at the fruit and saw that it was good. You know the rest of the story. 1 John 2:16 says, “For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
We need to walk circumspectly, which means to be careful, cautious, and distinctly intentional. Why? There are enemy traps that look really good. Anything that lures us from the purity and holiness that we are to walk in is a trap.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from every form of evil.” Abstain means to keep away, remain unattached and distant. We are to refute the lying advertisement to be like the crowd. We are not of the world, nor should we look like the world.
Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 to, “…be not conformed to this world…” The J. B. Phillips translation says, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.”
The Amplified definition for God’s righteousness is to conform our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will. He does this through our trials. His whole purpose is to develop our present character to match His. We are to reflect Him to others.
When I was small my dad taught me to have the courage of my convictions. Convictions are a firmly held belief or opinions. Those heart-convictions protected me from many lying lures. Paul had strong convictions. I love the use of his words, “I am persuaded.”
2 Timothy 1:12 says, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
Salvation is a heart conviction to be a follower of Jesus. His word is our mirror to reflect if what we do agrees. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
1 John 2:4 is an even stronger test. It says, “He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Our true walking orders are encapsulated in verse 6. It says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as Jesus walked.”
This is what our progressive sanctification journey is all about. Helping us to see through Scripture if we are walking in the truth of it, or if we have been ensnared through the devil’s lying lures.