The key to defeating an opponent is to first understand the opponent's motives and methods. This lesson takes a look at Satan's motives and methods to overcome humanity. His tactics have not changed since he tempted our first parents, Adam and Eve.
Yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive, and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice
- Genesis 3:5
While God's work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, Satan's motive is the exact opposite: he seeks to destroy the world, specifically, the human souls of this world.
And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, for he had drawn away many after him; and he sought also to beguile Eve, for he knew not the mind of God; wherefore, he sought to destroy the world.
- Genesis 3:7
The answer to this question is definitely YES. Examine your own experience with sin and compare the process Satan revealed to Eve:
We learn from scripture that Satan presents himself disguised as something, or an idea, that is friendly. Eve apparently had no fear of talking serpents. Scripture says Satan can present himself as a messenger of light. How has he disguised himself to you?
And Satan put it into the heart of the serpent, for he had drawn away many after him, and he sought also to beguile Eve, … wherefore, he sought to destroy the world.
- Genesis 3:7
Satan can only succeed in sin if he can get to the first step: we must doubt the word of God in our minds and challenge the foundation we know to be true. This is how he intends to destroy all humanity. Satan causes Eve to doubt what God had certainly told her.
Genesis 3:8 And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden.?
Once the seed of doubt is planted, the work of deception can begin. Satan gets Eve to believe a non-truth, or half truth, without explaining the consequence. He is the master of re-defining definitions:
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.
After the deception is in place, the one deceived mentally, spiritually desires to do that which he/she knew to be wrong.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it became pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make her wise,
This is the heart of sin, when ones will changes to do evil. Sin is and always has been wilful transgression of the law.
The Most critical element of all occurs in the process of verses 11 and 12—after the deception, doubt and desire, Eve consciously chooses…..
Ultimately sin isn't the act itself, it occurs prior to the act when one willfully resolves to do what is wrong. The sin of the heart precedes the sin of the flesh.
…. she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
Sin's affect has been the same over time: the moment or two of perceived pleasure are outweighed by lifetimes of remorse.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they had been naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
And Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God, amongst the trees of the garden…. And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where goest thou? And he said, I heard thy voice, in the garden, and I was afraid…,
In the garden, humans started blaming others for their sin. Adam blames Eve; Eve blames the serpent. (the Serpent laughs most likely). We can never blame others for our sin--sin happens because of our choice to participate, it is not, nor can it be forced upon us by Satan or anyone else. Sin only happens when we willfully rebel.
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest me, and commanded that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree, and I did eat.
And it continues...
And I, the Lord God, said unto the woman, What is this thing which thou hast done?
And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
Two Definitions of 'Death' exist:
1) physical death where ones spirit is separated from ones body, and
2) spiritual death, where ones spirit is separated from God.
Adam and Eve, and all humanity would experience the '1st Death' i.e., separation from the presence of God spiritually.
Jesus atonement was to prepare a way whereby humanity isn't resigned to the '2nd death' which is eternal separation from God.
Therefore, I, the Lord God, will send him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken;… So I drove out the man, and I placed at the east of the garden of Eden, cherubim, and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Notice that when God's people rebel, they first lose the Word of God (initially losing respect for it, then abandoning it altogether) and then they lose the Spirit of God, which makes their worship dead, no gifts of the spirit manifest among them.
Helaman 5:10 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Because of the hardness of the hearts of the people of the Nephites, except they repent I will
take away my word from them,
and I will withdraw my Spirit from them,
and I will suffer them no longer,
and I will turn the hearts of their brethren against them;
The process of sin was not unique to Eve. As individuals, we experience these same steps to some degree when we sin, no matter what the sin. It behooves us to realize Satan seeks to deceive through alluring us into thinking what is forbidden is 'O.K.' Pull the mask off Satan and reject the deception.
As a church, we must recognize whether the Word is alive within us individually and collectively, and whether the Spirit also is present in power. Without it, we should question why it is lacking.
Repentance ultimately requires letting go of lies and holding on to truths. The Word of God must be adhered to and the Lies of the Father of Lies must be forsaken.
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