Genesis 3:1-5 “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?  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But 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.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  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.”

I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”

I John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

As we strive to impact our fallen Eden, we must always be mindful of one very important thing – we will face determined opposition.  In fact, our adversary is active in attempting to thwart our plans for impact and temper our passion for influence.  He hopes to scuttle our sound testimony and sidetrack our spiritual thirst.  He desires to sever our relationship with our Creator.

He is seriously seeking to devour you and sap your effectiveness.  He will prompt you to question God’s Word, oppose God’s plans, and elevate yourself above God’s position of authority.

If we are to have an impact on this fallen Eden, we must be sober and vigilant in order to avoid the pitfalls cleverly set by our adversary.  We must also realize that our Lord is far greater than the powers of this world, and we must cling to Him for protection, provision, and power. 

PLEASE PRAY FOR VIGILANCE IN THE LIVES OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS AS WE IMPACT OUR NEEDY WORLD FOR CHRIST.  A roaring lion awaits to devour those who stray from their God-given path of influence and impact here in our fallen Eden.  Greater is He who defends us from being devoured than those who would devour us; we must trust and rely on Him.  The world doesn’t need a bunch of self-proclaimed gods trying to exert our own wisdom, when we already have a real God whose wisdom is supreme.