They believed The Father Of Lies, God pronounced the curse and the first couple were expelled from Eden. But The Devil did not emerge the victor and God is still in complete control -- His plan of restoration will prevail. However there is no way back except through the spiritual warfare of faith ..
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The Father Of Lies
John 8v44 … He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
From the beginning Satan is revealed -- the Powers Of Darkness are exposed, and yet very few have the unction to enter into spiritual warfare in order to pull down the strongholds of Satan.
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked.. ..
Eve engaged with and was snared by the enemy; Adam disobeyed God’s Word, and so the purity of total dependence on God was broken. Sin always follows belief in the Father of Lies.
The Spiritual Warfare of Faith
Ephesians 6v10 ..Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might
Exodus 23:22 But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
The first lesson in spiritual warfare is in the seven sons of Sceva who tried to cast out a demon on somebody else’s knowledge (“We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth” Acts 19v13-16)
Faith is personal -- an experiential knowledge that His power and promises can be relied upon in adversity.
The Jesus disciple is now being restored (through trial and obedience to God’s Word) to faith and total dependence on the blood of Jesus -- on His life poured out in death in exchange for our life.
Saving faith -- bible faith is a personal encounter with the Saviour and Deliverer. Jesus the new Adam lives His victorious life in us and so we return to (spiritual) Eden.
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