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Who's Running Our World - God Or Satan? (10 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
December 7, 1986
INTRODUCTION: Last week we learned that Satan works today much as he did in the Garden of Eden. In John 8:44 Jesus said that his motive was murder and his method was to lie. Satan used deception to approach Eve in the Garden of Eden. He came to her as a beautiful, shining creature and not as a hideous snake. He sought to control her mind by getting her to think wrongly about the character of God. This deception led to a dialogue (verses 1 and 2). The dialogue with the devil led to doubt of the Word of God "yea hath God said?" After casting doubt on the Word of God Satan then flatly stated a denial of the Word of God "you shall not surely die." Eve was led to believe that God would not punish sin. Satan's denial of the Word of God deluded Eve into thinking that she could be her own God - verse 5, that she could live her own life independently of God and decide for herself what was right and what was wrong. This led her to consider the devil's proposal.
I. DELUSION TURNS TO DESIRE WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED - verse 6
A. This is a perverted desire because Eve has the idea that she can choose what she wants and she desires what God has forbidden
1. She saw that the fruit was good for food
2. She observed that the fruit was beautiful to look at
3. She was told that it was supposed to make her intellectually superior and spiritually knowledgeable
B. Eve illustrates I John 2:16 "The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life." All sin falls within the realm of these three kinds of temptation
1. The realm of doing - the lust of the flesh
2. The realm of having - the lust of the eyes
3. The realm of being - the pride of life
C. Sin is a perversion of a God given desire. The devil finds that God given desire in your heart and then perverts that desire
1. The desire for food is normal - gluttony is a perversion
2. T ...
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