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?
There is no question in my mind that the serpent was the devil presenting himself as one of the created beings. The Bible writer says that he was more subtle than any other creature that the LORD had made, meaning that he was more cunning, crafty and sneaky than all the rest. Those words describe the devil to a tee. My thought has always been that the serpent must have been appealing to the eye or charming to the ear to get as close as he did to the woman and influence her as greatly as he did.
The first thing out of the enemy's mouth was to question the instruction that God had given the first couple. Did God REALLY say....??? He planted that question into the mind of the woman, and she immediately began to question what she had been told.
The enemy of our souls has not stopped using this same trick from the time that he confronted the woman in the garden up until this present moment. The devil continues to cause humanity to question God....and he is brazen in his attacks on women! The devil whispers lies into the ears of women because of our vulnerability and our emotions and our weaker state in comparison to the man, and he takes advantage of us in ways that he is not able to manipulate a man. He attacks us with his temptations, and many times, we are not strong enough to stand against him, especially when we are alone and have no covering under which to be protected.
In our day, the fellowship of saints is another way to protect ourselves from the onslaught of the evil one. When we are a part of a like-minded body of believers, there is always someone there to whisper truth in our ears when the enemy tries to feed us lies. We can sit under the preached word coming from the man that God has called to shepherd the flock. That word will bring conviction and clarity when the enemy has tried to confuse us about how to live in obedience. Surrounding ourselves with fellow believers in our personal friendships is also very healthy for our spiritual walk.
The devil is going to try to make us question what God has said. He is going to use the most devious tools in his bag of tricks to try and make us doubt what God has said. Our first line of defense against his schemes is to draw close to the LORD through the daily study of His Word and constant prayer. James 4:7 says. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." When we draw close to God, the devil can't have as much influence on us. 1 Peter 5:8-9 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world."
Know that you can resist the enemy of our souls. Eve could have resisted, and things would look very different right now. As believers, let's move forward discerning when the devil is trying to whisper lies into our ears.