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Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Spirit of Seduction

Genesis 3 : 2 – 5, And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." NKJV
Has Satan ever promised you a better life by tempting you? Why do you suppose Satan had to appear to Eve as a serpent and not himself? Satan is a fallen angel and doesn’t have a physical body; therefore he uses vessels to carry out his evil deeds. The Bible warns us about the wisdom of the serpent that we might not fall prey to his deceptive ways when approached by him. Paul tells us that Satan will appear as an angel of light. Since there is no truth in Satan then the “light” that he offers to his victims is false hope.
Paul also teaches in 2 Corinthians 11 that Eve was seduced by the serpent. There’s another meaning for the term “seduced” and its cheat. When Satan promised Eve that she would be like God once she partook of the forbidden fruit and this caused her to turn her heart from the Lord and His will. As they eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge together, their eyes became open and they knew they were naked. Instead of Satan’s lies and empty promise producing “God-likeness,” it robbed them of the blessings and relationship that they had with God previously. Eve had been seduced – cheated.
Satan can’t seduce us unless he first obtains our attention and cooperation. He accomplishes this through the spirit of offense which works hand-in-hand with the spirit of seduction. Notice that Satan had to first convince Eve that God was holding something back and that God had lied about the repercussions of eating from the tree of knowledge. After the serpent convinced Eve that God had rejected her and lied to her, she then turned her heart to see sin as a viable option to becoming blessed.
Whenever we take on a spirit of offense against God because life doesn’t go according to our plans it will cause us to turn away from His Word and will. Once Satan has gotten us to turn from the Lord, we become prey for him to seduce through compromise in the hope of being blessed without having to obey God’s commands. The end result of obeying the spirit of seduction is bondage and loss of God’s blessing and liberty. I want to leave you with scriptures that will confirm what I have written to you today is the truth.
Deuteronomy 30 : 15 – 20, "See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." NKJV
God said, “If your heart turns so that you do not hear.” Genesis account: Eve looked at the fruit and saw that it was good.
God said, “And are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them.” Genesis account: Eve partook of the fruit and gave to her husband with her and he did eat. They worshipped and served self and not God.
God said, “You shall surely perish.” Genesis account: And the eyes of them both were opened and they knew they were naked.
Satan promised them the world but through seduction, he stripped them of their authority and blessings from God.
Be careful little eyes what you see,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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