Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Many Ways Satan Lures Us into Temptation - 2

The Temptation of the Forbidden Fruit

Genesis 3:6  "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."

The Temptation of Fertile Fields

Genesis 13:10-13  "And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou cometh unto Zoar.  Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east; and they separated themselves the one from the other.  but the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly."

The Temptation of Appetite

Genesis 25:29,30 & 33  "And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came from the field, and he was faint:  And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage, for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob."  

The Temptation of Silver and Gold

Joshua 7:21  "When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it." (Gave in to temptation)

The Temptation of Women

1 Kings 11:1 "But king Solomon loved many strange wormen, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:"

1 Kings 11:4  "For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God; as was the heart of David his father."

The Temptation of Ambition

Mark 10: 35-37  "And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him saying, Master, we would that thou should do for us whatsoever we shall desire. and He said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?  They said unto Him, Grant unto us that we may sit , one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand in thy glory." (Wanting a high position)

These are some of the ways, not all, that we can be led away into temptation.  It might be that all sin comes under one of these headings.  I don't know, but it might be something to think about.  You can categorize your own headings.  The main thing is that we understand the different ways Satan can lead us astray.  We must resist, 'Jesus Save Me' is the way to resist, in my opinion. You can form your own solution to resisting the devil, but don't forget to 'draw nigh to God'.  Grandma Joan

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