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Genesis 3:1-8
Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7
Mark 7:31-37

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not on speaking terms

“Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals that the Lord God had made.” —Genesis 3:1

Never get into a conversation with the devil. Refuse to speak to him. “He is a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44); he’s a fallen angel, superior to us in intelligence. You’re a fool to talk with the accuser, adversary, and liar.
That's the mistake Eve made. The devil initiated the conversation, but “the woman answered the serpent” (Gn 3:2). It wasn’t long before Eve thought God was depriving her of opportunities. She put faith in Satan’s lies and withdrew her faith in God.
Don’t get into a verbal or mental conversation with the evil one. Take authority over him and command him to leave in the name of Jesus. Don’t dialogue, but take the sword of God’s Word and attack the father of lies with the Word of truth (Eph 6:17). That’s what Jesus did when tempted (Lk 4:1-12). The only words Jesus had for the devil were: “Get out.”
What good can it do to talk to a liar? Speak to Jesus, think of Jesus. Leave the devil out.

Prayer:  Father, may I not waste my breath on the devil but dedicate my voice and thoughts to praising You

Promise:  “You are my shelter; from distress You will preserve me; with glad cries of freedom You will ring me round.” —Ps 32:7

Praise:  As David looked at a crucifix, his spiritual eyes were suddenly opened, and he recognized His Savior.

Reference:  (Open the door to Jesus by reading His Word. For encouragement, order, listen to, or download Principles of Bible Interpretation on CD 79-1 or DVD 79 on our website.)

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