Overcoming Temptation–Part II

The first record of man being tempted by sin is in the third chapter of Genesis. Satan takes possession of the serpent and begins a “dialogue” with Eve. I am sure you are probably aware of the progressive tactics Satan used in regard to the Word of God so I will not elaborate on that here. I would like to focus upon verse 6.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Notice the tragic effect of her conversation with Satan, her perspective was altered. Let me say that if we want to be victorious over temptation, there is absolutely no room for compromise. Our position of power is rooted in the Word of God, nothing else. This was not the first time that Eve had seen the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but it was the first time that she saw it with a view other than that which was in line with God’s command.
See the three-fold temptation that presented itself to Eve. (Remember the description of temptation discussed in the previous post?)
1. She saw that the tree was good for food–the lust of the flesh.
2. It was pleasant to the eyes–the lust of the eyes.
3. It was desired to make one wise–the pride of life.
Eve failed on all three points of temptation. As she disregarded what God had said, her body, soul and spirit were all contaminated by the awfulness of sin.
What about the temptation of Christ? Hebrews 4:15 tells us that He was tempted in all points as we are (without sin, of course). He too was tempted after the same pattern as Eve.
1. Turn the stones into bread–the lust of the flesh.
2. The pinnacle of the temple–the pride of life.
3. The kingdoms of the world–the lust of the eyes.
There are aspects of the latter two which overlap, but the point remains that He was tempted on all fronts. The difference between Jesus and Eve is that while Eve disregarded the Word of God, Jesus relied solely upon it for His defence. Certainly the authority of the Scripture is vital to our success as Christians.
What are the temptations you face? Tomorrow we will see how we can be overcomers in this life. I’ll bet you already know.

11 responses to “Overcoming Temptation–Part II

  1. I like this perspective you presented in this post Gordan.

  2. Speaking of Adam and Eve…and then they compound the problem by blaming it on each other…we have to take responsiblity for our mistakes…god doesn’t go for the fingerpointing..

    How to handle tempation…flee!

  3. Thanks PB.

    Bonnie, you are right about the finger-pointing. Also, about the fleeing temptation. There are times, though, when it is impossible to escape the presence of the temptation. I hope to address that in the next post in this series.

  4. tempation, will slip up on you, (faster then a missippi squirrel)
    you have to be on you toes, and that’s hard!

    thanks for posting this !
    looking foward to heard your next post!
    have a great day!

  5. Gordon,

    What a fine statement of the importance of the Word of God.

    We must learn to listen and obey His word!

  6. Gordon,

    Amen! This is great stuff!


  7. Thanks so much Gordon

  8. Glad that Eve wasn’t supposed to be the Christ, eh?

    If your eye causes you to sin pluck it out…is that where you are going tomorrow?

  9. Oh, geez…I just noticed I gave god a little ‘g’…Sorry God!

  10. Hi everyone. Thanks so much for the visits and comments. It is certainly nice to start developing a virtual “circle of friends”. God bless.

  11. ThankYOU for your posts Gordon. It is great to be reminded to flee from sin. I will be back to read more. God bless you and your family.

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