Genesis chapter 3 introduces us to temptation. It reveals Satan’s most effective method of seduction. Learn these four steps and protect yourself from them.
Genesis 3:4 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
Satan subtly approached Eve. He was cunning, sly, masking his true intentions. The tempter doesn’t approach you in truth saying, “I’m the devil. I’m here to destroy you.” On the contrary, he often presents himself as a peer, a guide, or a friend.
He gains your trust by convincing you he understands who you are and how you feel. It is all a charade to gain entrance into your life.
[shareable]Temptation is the devil prompting you to do what your sinful nature craves. Just say NO.[/shareable]
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Sins don’t happen alone. They operate in groups. If you surrender to one sin, expect more to follow.
Luke 11:26 “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
This parable speaks of a man who had an evil spirit. The evil spirit left him. I believe the story implies that the man worked to rid himself of the evil spirit. He was successful for a period of time. However, the evil spirit recruited seven more wicked spirits and barged back into the man’s life. He was worse off in the end than he was in the beginning!
[shareable]Remember that sins run in groups. When you open the door to one, you are inviting more to follow.[/shareable]
There are several vital truths found in this parable.
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Sin separates you from God. Also, it separates you from God’s will and delays God’s work in your life.
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
God has a will for you and work for you to do. You will find great joy and satisfaction in fulfilling the purposes for which God created you. One man said, “Success in the Christian life is to find God’s will and do it.”
[shareable]What a privilege that God seeks to use us in spite of all of our shortcomings![/shareable]
Sin postpones God’s purpose in your life. Sin holds up your progress. It delays your Christian growth. It suspends God’s blessings. Sin hinders you from doing what you were made to do. Is the fleeting pleasure of sin worth (more…)
There is a war occurring in every Christian. Fleshly desires of the sin nature besiege the redeemed soul. The battle can be exhausting. Here’s how to win.
1 Peter 2:11 “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;”
A new nature was born within you when you trusted Christ. Your soul was cleansed of sin and conveyed the righteousness of Christ. It wants to please God in all things and cannot sin.
Your flesh did not get converted when your soul did. It has the same old desires. Your body doesn’t care what God wants or about your general welfare. Lust takes what it wants without concern for consequence.
[shareable]Fleshly lusts grow when you feed them, but they weaken when you deny them.[/shareable]
As you strive to live for God today, your flesh cries out (more…)
Your heart can be soft or hard. Which is it right now?
A tender heart is absolutely necessary for the Christian. God warns us to guard our heart diligently because all of life’s actions and emotions flow through it.
Satan works restlessly to corrupt the heart through sin. He knows that if he can pollute our hearts that we are easy prey for his other traps.
A soft heart is essential. You won’t live for God without it. A soft heart is tender toward God. It’s grateful for God’s blessings. It’s attentive to His voice. It’s surrendered to His will. It’s kind and compassionate towards others. It’s saddened by sin and rejoices in righteousness. A soft heart wants to please the Lord in all things.
A hard heart is the opposite. It is selfish and unkind. It’s more interested in pleasing self than the Lord.
[shareable]When you sense a hardness in developing in your heart, confess it as sin, surrender to God anew, and ask Him to protect you from yourself.[/shareable]
A hard heart changes how you feel. It is ungrateful. It forgets God’s miracles and blessings to focus on the material. It is cynical and negative. It cares little for the things of God.
A hard heart changes (more…)