Satan Works on the Mind Genesis 3:1-7

HOW SATAN WORKS ON THE MIND TO GET US TO BELIEVE HIM AND NOT GOD

GENESIS 3:1-7

October 30, 2009 at Rivers of Joy Baptist Church.

Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant

What is the lie, the temptation, and the trickery of each?

God

Satan

Eve

The Lie

Temptation

Trickery

"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:16-17

"Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?" Genesis 3:1

“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

They were free to eat of any tree in the garden except one…Satan lied and said God said you cannot eat from any tree

Tempted to doubt God’s Word and His intentions

Questions the truth of God’s Word, tries to cast doubt in her mind

"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Genesis 2:16-17

"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4-5

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6

You will not surely die.

To disobey God’s command, to gain wisdom, to be like God (they were already created in his image)

Implies God is being deceitful and is purposely withholding something good from her

From the solicitor to the strategy

Thirdly, to the seduction, (LATER)

Satan was planting in Eve’s mind the idea that there should be no restrictions in the perfect plan of a good God.

Original sin was a lust after self-sufficient knowledge, a craving to shake off all external authority and work things out for himself.

Doubting God – Don’t put a question mark where God has put a period.

My Sin – A bite of sin leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Will We Pass The Test? – Every temptation is an opportunity to trust God.

Too Strict? – The joy of living comes from a heart of thanksgiving.

We pick up the dialogue: Satan said to Eve: “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden.’

Remember the strategy? It’s with lies and deception.

  1. Masquerade himself as an “angel of light” – he is really the angel of hell.
  2. Masquerade himself as a speaker of truth – he is a speaker of lies. John 8:44.
  3. He really petitions for people to believe God lies and he tells the truth. · He somewhat kindly said initially to Eve. “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden.”
  4. What Satan does is bring into question God’s embargo. That is, God’s restricting or prohibiting of eating the fruit on the trees in the garden.
  5. What Satan was trying to imply was “God is not good for limiting the eating of the fruit.”
  6. This process of Satan was to lead Eve to question God’s command, and question God’s judgment.

Then remember what Eve does?

  • Eve internalizes what Satan said, and she adds a few words to what God said, “or touch it.”
  • She began to believe Satan was telling her the truth and maybe God wasn’t.
  • And just maybe God was holding back from her.

Gen. 3:4 Satan gets blatant. He intentionally said to Eve. “You surely shall not die.”

WHAT EVER GOD SAYS …. SATAN WILL SAY THE OPPOSITE

What was Satan’s point here? The lie is that there is no judgment on

  • ·EXAMPLE: THE HOMOSEXUAL LIFESTYLE
  • They live their lifestyle because they believe there is no absolute authority. Secondly, they believe there is no judgment.
  • They have worked through their internal fear of God and judgment that is built into the fabric of their mind and the law.
  • They have silenced their conscience when they are convinced there will be no judgment.

SO HOW DOES SATAN WORK OUT HIS STRATEGY?clip_image003

1. Get you to question God.

2. Then to question God’s goodness.

3. Then you believe that the real satisfaction is in the sin.

4. You then began to beat around the bush on the absolute character of scripture as its authority.

5. Then you start making the wrong choices.

Why would God be so intent to stop us from having fun or having what we want?

Ø Vs 5 Satan said, “Because God knows that in the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

THIRDLY, FROM THE SERPENT TO THE STRATEGY TO THE SEDUCTION

Now Satan gets into the mind of Eve. She is going to be convinced that it’s not as absolute as God said it was, and that she really won’t die after all if she eats of the fruit. Now what happened?

  •  Vs. 6 “When Eve saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, Eve took from its fruit and ate.”

Eve made all the wrong choices all the way down through the whole conversation with Satan. Really. What was in Eve’s mind? Eve made choices based on her emotions. To activate Eve’s will to actually take the fruit her mind had to work on her emotions.

  •  James 1:14-15 “ Each of us is tempted when we are carried away and enticed by our own lust.”
  •  Here is the formula for sin:
  • It goes from the MIND to the EMOTION. It goes from the THINKING to FEELING. Then you change your GOALS and then you ACT.

EVE’S ACTION TAKES PLACE IN VERSE 6

“When Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and it was a delight to her eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make her wise, she took from its fruit and ate.

Video of this message is on Growbylearning.com.  And cwhisna.blogspot.com

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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