Temptation

Eve was approached by Satan, disguised as a crafty serpent in the Garden of Eden, where she and Adam lived. Satan questioned Eve’s contentment, by getting her to doubt God’s goodness. How can she be really happy when God has forbidden her to eat from one of the fruit trees in the Garden? Satan helped Eve turn her focus from all what God has done and given to the one thing he has withheld from her. Eve was too willing to accept what Satan was saying before checking with God.

Sounds all too familiar, right? Taking a closer look at Genesis 3:6, we can see that Eve had done the following: she looked, she took, she eat, then she gave. When in our own sins, we too follow the same pattern.

She Looked

…the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye… Genesis 3:6a

The battle over sin is too often lost after the first look. Temptation often begins by simple seeing something you want. We get that, “I’ve got to have that” feeling. Eve believed Satan’s lie, just like I have time after time. Our sins do not always appear to be wrong to us. Satan makes them appear good, pleasant, or desirable. We can not always prevent temptation, but there is always a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Using God’s Word and God’s people, can help you stand against Satan and his lies.

She Took, She Eat

…and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some, and eat it. Genesis 3:6b

People often choose to do wrong things because they were convinced that those things are good, or at least for themselves the are. Eve was convinced by Satan that eating the fruit will make her ‘like God, knowing good and evil’ (Genesis 3:5). A knowledge of both good and evil seemed harmless enough to her. It was not wrong for Eve to want to be like God. To become more like God is humanity’s highest goal. But Satan, misled Eve on how to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could be like God by defining God’s authority, eating of the fruit.

She Gave

She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he eat it. Genesis 3:6c

After Eve had sinned, she involved Adam with her wrongdoing. How often do we try to relieve our guilt by involving someone else when we sin. It is so easy to drag someone down with you.

Reflection

Away from me Satan! For it is written… Matthew 4:10a

Jesus was able to resist all of Satan’s temptations because He not only knew the scripture, but He also obeyed it. Ephesians 6:17 says that God’s Word is a sword to use in spiritual war. Knowing the Bible is an important key part in helping us resist Satan’s attacks but we also need to obey it as well. Looking at Matthew 4:1-11, we can see that Satan too know the Scripture, but he lacked one thing, to obey it. Knowing and obey the Bible helps us follow God’s desires rather than Satan’s.

Challenge

I would like to challenge each of my readers, as well as myself.

  • Challenge you to seek God. Pick up that dusty Bible and start reading His word. There is so much wisdom, insight, love, forgiveness, way to overcome temtation within those pages.
  • Challenge you to memorize God’s Word. For my self, I use post-it notes. I will post scriptures within my home and car. Looking at they daily helps me memorize them. Knowing the scripture and living by it will help you overcome temptation.
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