The Big Lie

“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.” Genesis 3:4-5

FOMO (the fear of missing out) is Satan’s big lie. That great tempter wants us to believe that God is withholding something that’s good for us; that God is unnecessarily restrictive.

That’s how he tempted Eve. He came to her in his craftiness and subtly misrepresented God’s command to be more restrictive than it really was: “He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

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)

Then Satan lowers the boom. “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.” (Genesis 3:4-5). When Eve “saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom,” (vs. 6) she bought the big lie. She concluded that God’s command was keeping her from something good. Satan convinced her that not only was God wrong about the consequences of her disobedience, but He was also keeping her from something beneficial. Her husband, Adam, also bought the big lie and disobeyed along with her.

Satan tempts us similarly today. He appeals to our natural FOMO to try to convince us that God is withholding things from us that are really good for us to pursue. How do we avoid this trap? How do we resist Satan and his big lie? By daily applying the word of God to our lives, by prayerfully seeking God’s will and relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance and by reaffirming God’s unfailing love for us.

Do you believe God loves you and wants what’s best for you? Are you successfully trusting him and resisting Satan’s big lie?


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church