The devil and sin are crafty! The devil is no novice. He is cunning, deceitful and very tactful in how he goes about getting people tied to sin. The devil doesn't walk up with your eyes open and say, "I've come to bring you into ruin!" If you notice, when the lives of people are in shambles or homes have been wrecked, the devil was active and alive, working the whole time to the lack of insight by those he deceived and ruined! The devil gets people to embrace sin by taking their heart and mind another direction. It always starts small and ends up big. What's even more amazing, people willingly submit! By the time people recogninze what is going on, they are in emotional distress wondering how they got to this point.
Paul was concerned for the church at Corinth that the serpent of old was leading their minds astray from simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (II Cor. 11:3). He did it so easily to Eve. Go back and read the Genesis account of how he did it. He threw reasoning's out in front of her to get her to think about. Her mind moved from holding and listening to the word of the Lord to reasoning through and seeing what was being presented as an alternative way of thinking. She looked and reasoned and it seem very logical to her so she ate. The rest is history!
The devil hasn't changed his approach one bit. I watch homes of people that I dearly love come into ruin simply because they choose to let go of the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ and follow an alternate course. I watch marriages deteriorate and final consume themselves with sin and sinful attitudes. The devil is alive and well! Couples who once loved one another, made a covenant relationship and love the Lord in that relationship are quickly becoming enemies of one another. Why? Because the devil found an easy access somewhere along the road and started devouring each of them. Young people are being encouraged in homes to love the world by their parents. They are taught by their parents to embrace the world, sacrifice for the world and throw Jesus under the bus! Jesus doesn't really matter. What matters is having friends in the world, being a success in the eyes of the world and having a family of the world. But watch the road and the heartache that come with the journey. That's the devil's plan. He has the world sitting in his lap (I John 5:19) and the last ones to take down are those who belong to God. What's worse...IT'S ALL OUR CHOICE! People choose to embrace the devil and what he offers in the world over God. That's a sobering thought!!