“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?” Genesis 3:1.
This was the first evil suggestion recorded. From the tenor of the scriptures, Eve apparently considered it a light thing and ultimately yielded to it. Our first parents fell under the seductive influences of the serpent’s silken tongue. And they fell over such a seemingly harmless thing–a piece of fruit. Fruit! Imagine it. When in the Edenic economy they could have had anything else to their heart’s content, they chose the one thing denied them. And it, in light of all they were freely given, was really no great thing at all.
But the serpent made it appear great, so much so that Eve felt she must have it. At any cost. At the risk of incurring the disfavor of her Creator–at the risk of death itself.
The result was a world darkened by sin and cataclysmic changes to the created order. All the ensuing tragedy, filth, and degradation heaped upon humanity trace their origins back to the response to that first temptation. All of the murders, wars, sexual immorality, and eternal damnation of souls down through the millennia spring from it.
That is the power of suggestion. People underestimate it to their own peril.
The devil has not changed his tactics. He knows the power of suggestion, and he employs it today (as he did then) with good effect. Billboards and magazines across the land advertise sin in both its most subtle and outlandish forms. Nearly always these carry the image of trim, half-clothed men and women. Their message is clear: Good looking people do this. You will be cool and good looking, as well, if you will take up this habit or go to this place. This appeals to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Everywhere we see men and women, like Esau, selling their birthrights for such messes of pottage. Like Adam and Eve, they risk all for a paltry thing that wreaks havoc and has untold consequences on their lives.
All because of the power of suggestion. So great is this power, that the very air is charged with it. How else can you explain the gender confusion sweeping the nations like a viral epidemic? How does a child of four or five years come to a convicting conclusion that they are actually the opposite gender? How do grown men and women come to such a conclusion? People are bombarded by corrupting thoughts promulgated through mass media, the likes of which the world has never before seen. Social media has a stranglehold on the minds and hearts of humankind, from the kindergartner to the older generation who used to “know better.” The serpent has been suggesting, and the people are listening.
No one is really thinking for themselves. As if by a spell, they are drawn in at the bidding of the serpent and taken captive by him at his will (2 Timothy 2:26).
What we need in this day and age are holy men and women called of God who can counter the lies of the prince of the power of the air. Preachers who will lift up their voice like a trumpet to drown out the onslaught of the serpent’s unholy suggestions. Prophets who will awaken souls from their downward destructive course.
God has such a ministry today! “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
God’s true ministers are just such warriors with such weapons, a holy thought police. Not in the manner which the world disdains, but real friends of the hearts and souls of people who can teach them how to truly think. How to resist the devil. How to recover themselves out of the very snare of that wicked one.
These holy men and women of God carry the only antidote to the power of suggestion. They are that seventh angel in Revelation 16:17, pouring out the vial of the wrath of God into the air, clearing up the confusion of all ages. They are preparing a people ready for the Lord’s coming, a church blameless and without spot or wrinkle.
A High Calling
Such a ministry has a high calling. It is no less than to correct the false narratives the kings of the earth have foisted upon our generation. But they are solidly up for the task, for they are called by God to expose Satan’s devices, lest we be taken advantage of (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Fly swiftly through the lands, ye chosen vessels of God! Teach the people the difference between the holy and profane (Ezekiel 44:23). Help them to discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not (Malachi 3:18). With your beautiful feet, bruise the serpent’s head. You carry the only cure that can break the hex cast on the masses by the peeping sorcerers and muttering wizards of Babylon.
Go forth! We are with you! God bless you as you fly and freshen up the air!