Do you know who you are? How do you identify yourself? Who do you see when you wake up and look in the mirror? If you’re a Christian, you should identify with Christ and see him inside you. 

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul claims that he “is not unaware of the devil’s schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11 NIV). In Ephesians, Paul gives us this admonishment:

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)

According to Merriam-Webster, we can define a scheme as such:

  • a plan or program of action
  • a systematic or organized configuration: Design

In Genesis, we are introduced to one of the devil’s schemes. 

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (emphasis added)

Genesis 3:1 (NIV)

One of the devil’s schemes is to get us to question God. In Genesis 3:1, we see the devil presenting Eve with a lie. The devil knew what God had said, but engaging Eve in a discussion about it using a lie got her to think about what God had said. 

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'”

Genesis 3:2-3 (NIV)

God did not tell Adam and Eve that they couldn’t touch the tree in the middle of the garden. They couldn’t eat from it, or they would die. Eve’s thinking was incorrect. She was confused because she didn’t know what God had said. Since Eve thought touching the tree would kill her, it was easy for her to be misled. 

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Genesis 3:4-6 (NIV)

After examining the fruit of the tree and not dying, Eve and Adam ate from it. 

In that exchange between the serpent and Eve, we also see another scheme of the devil. Presenting something better.

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:5 (NIV)

In the book of 2 Kings, the envoys from the king of Assyria gave the people this message:

“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of olive trees and honey. Choose life and not death! “Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.‘ (emphasis added)

2 Kings 18:31-32 (NIV)

Like the promise to Adam and Eve to be like God and know good from evil, the Assyrians promised the people everything they wanted. If they turned away from following God. 

When Jesus was tempted, the devil had this to say to him.

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘ He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”

Matthew 4:6 (NIV)

In Matthew 3, Jesus had just been baptized and was filled with the Holy Spirit, “and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV). Here we see the devil questioning what God said again: “If you are the Son of God.” There’s a lot of subtext in that statement; Maybe you aren’t God’s son? Are you really God’s son? If you are God’s son, you can do anything. 

In 1 John 2:16, we are given this intelligence about the devil’s schemes.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:16 (NIV)

The devil will use the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and our pride to get us to turn away from following God. This is why each day, when I wake up, I don’t pay that much attention to what I look like in the mirror. After all, I’m likely disheveled after sleeping and haven’t cleaned up. I’ve not yet shaved, brushed my teeth, or done anything I could do to look my best. Most of all, the mirror doesn’t show me my heart and who I am in Christ. Instead, I pick up my Bible to see myself through the eyes of the Lord. 

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.