, The Methodology of SatanGenesis 3:1-7
by Matt Slick
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
When we speak, we speak out of what is in our hearts.
Matt. 12:34 is where Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
The first spoken words recorded in the Bible are those of God as he brought the universe into existence, gave it order, and illumined it with the presence of His holy glory.Gen. 1:3God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
With these words we see what fills God’s heart: light. We see the nature of God revealed in beauty and in clarity. We see His essence which is purity.
1 John 1:5, 5” This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all..”
John 8:12, 12 “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
There is no darkness in God. There is no lie, no fault, no impurity. This is why He first spoke by saying, “Let there be light.”
Note that God did not first say, “Let there be space and time” or “Let there be creation” or “Let there be the heavens.” Instead, He first said “Let there be light.”
We need the light of His word and truth. We need His truth.
Have you ever blindfolded yourself and walked around? I have.
Once when I was young, I did volunteer work for the blind. One of the exercises we did in order to understand how the blind had to live was to blindfold ourselves, use canes, and trying to navigate around the block and across the street using a crosswalk. Of course, we had a sighted person with us. In my blindness, I almost stepped in front of a car. I could not see the danger because I was in darkness.
If we walk without the light of God, we will stumble and fall. If we cannot see where we are or where we should go, then we will be lost.
If God’s word is not lighting your paths in thought, word, deed, worship, prayer, etc, then you are without hope. This is why the Bible says, Psalm 119:105105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.God’s word is light and truth. We absolutely must have it, study it, put it in our hearts, and live it.
The first recorded words in the Bible from Satan are words that are a challenge and contradiction to God’s word.A.“ The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.The enemy has a method of bringing us away from trust in God’s word.
First, he gets you to doubt God’s word: Gen. 3:1
“ The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”SATAN APPEALED TO HER PHYSICAL NEEDS–her appetite. She listened to Him. Her first mistake.
Second, he then contradicts God’s word:
And the serpent said to the woman, Gen. 3:4“You surely shall not die!
SATAN APPEALED TO HER PERSONAL GAIN in that he was trying to convince her that she could have it all: what her eyes desired and life without death.
Third, He reinterprets God’s word.
Gen. 3:55 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
Within this last comment of Satan, we see the heart of Satan: He wants to be like God, and he uses the tempting deceptions of self-will, self-sovereignty, and self-rule to replace God’s will, God’s sovereignty, and God’s rule with his lies.
Notice: In those lies is an appeal to the person to be like God–to be independent of God.
SATAN USES AN APPEAL TO PERSONAL POWER AND/OR GLORY.
So, the first thing that Satan does is go against God’s word. Why?
Because the Word of God is true. It reveals wisdom, goodness, faithfulness, and God Himself. It also exposes the darkness and the evil of Satan’s methods. The Devil doesn’t want that.
The devil wants to bring confusion, misery, and death.
Illustration: China, a man surnamed Long claimed people could leave behind the woes and cares of the world if they stood naked by a road with their identification papers on the ground and killed the first person who came along to check the papers. On June 29, 1998, Wu, his wife Long Zaihua, his ‘Cousin Wu Qiugou, and the cousin’s two sons went to a roadside at dawn, took off their clothes, and put their papers on the ground. They grabbed the first farmer who approached, forced him to look at the papers, and then stoned him to death. But such foolishness and murder only brought them the judgment of the law.They believed a lie and suffered the consequences.
1 Pet. 5:8“8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” The devil uses anything he can to get people to disobey God and bring destruction
Some of the “reinterpreted” words of Satan can be found in the health and wealth gospel
Charles Capps (positive confession preacher), “God said, let us make man in our image after our likeness. The word “likeness” in the original Hebrew means “an exact duplication in kind.” . . . Adam wasn’t exact duplication of gods kind!” (Christianity in crisis page 379, #9).
“Notice that when Jesus said,‘I have completed the work’ [John 17:4], we know that he had not finished the work.” [ibid p. 382, #38]
Kenneth Copeland: “God spoke at him into existence in authority with words (Genesis 1:26,28 [Let us make man in our image]). These words struck Adam’s body in the face. His body and God were exactly the same size.” (Ibid, p. 379, # 12)
Kenneth Hagan: “originally, God made the earth and the fullness thereof, giving Adam dominion over all the works of his hands. In other words, Adam is the god of this world.” (ibid, 379, #13)
Benny Hinn:“Adam was a super being when God created him. I don’t know whether people know this, but he was the first Superman that really ever lived. First of all, the Scriptures declare clearly that he had dominion over the fowls of the air, the fish of the sea-which means he used to fly.” (ibid, 380, #16)
“I’m going to be led by the Holy Ghost today. Is that all right with you? . . . god it came from heaven, became a man, made man into little gods, went back to heaven as a man. He faces a father as a man. I faced doubles as the son of God.” (ibid, 382, #43)
“When you were born again the word was made flesh in you. And you became flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone. Don’t tell me you have Jesus. You are everything he was everything he is and ever shall be . . . it [the new man] says, ‘I am as he is.’ That’s what it says. As he is so are we in this world. Jesus said, ‘go in my name, Bell in my stead.’ Don’t say, ‘I have,’ say, ‘I am, I am, I am, I am, I am.'” (ibid, 382-383, #44)
Satan attacks us in our areas of weakness.
He attacked Jesus after Jesus had fasted 40 days and had become hungry and was in need. So Satan came in the hour of Jesus’ weakness and tempted Him
Satan even tempted Jesus by using God’s own word–the same thing he did to Eve in the garden.
Notice how Satan’s methods are predictable.
Matthew – Jesus
Appeal to Physical Appetite
You may eat of the tree (Gen. 3:1)
You may eat by changing stones to bread (Matt. 4:3)
Appeal to Personal Gain
You will not die (Gen. 3:4).
You will not hurt your foot (Matt. 4:6).
Appeal to Power and Glory
You will be like God (Gen. 3:5).
You will have all the world’s Kingdoms (Matt. 4:8-9)
How do you resist the devil? You rely on God’s word.
The Bible is full of things to say about resisting and having victory over the enemy. But, even Jesus, who is God in flesh, resisted the devil by relying on God’s word.
When Satan said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread,”
Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
When Satan said, “If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, Lest You strike Your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
When Satan said, “All these kingdoms and thrones things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
Jesus said “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
Jesus could have changed Satan into a heap of stinking cow fertilizer with a command, but instead He quoted God’s word. Jesus relied on God’s word in His defence against the enemy. And . . . you must, too.
Therefore, your best defense against the temptations of the devil is to rely on God’s word.
Satan fled after Jesus quoted God’s word.
The enemy has no power over God’s word. As a Christian, you have the power and authority to use God’s word; and you must use it and know it.
John 1:12“12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.“
You have the power to use God’s word because if you are a Christian, then you have been saved by the sacrifice of Christ and made right before God by faith in Him.
1 John 4:44 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.“Rom. 8:37-39“37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
You need not fear the enemy because Jesus has defeated him.
You must study God’s word, listen to it be preached, and believe it.
You must believe it, and you must trust it to be powerful and true in your life in your good times and in your difficult ones.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:77 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.Satans way
Try and keep you from forming an intimate relationship with your SAVIOUR.”
We must stay connected with JESUS, it will break his power over us
He can not stop you from going to church, BUT he will try and steal your time, so that you won’t have time to develop a relationship With JESUS CHRIST.”
He will attempt to keep you busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy your mind….
He will tempt you to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow”
Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles
Keep you from spending time with your children.
As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work
Over-stimulate your mind so that you cannot hear that still, small voice.
Entice you to play the radio or I-Pod whenever you drive , to keep the TV, DVDs, CDs and your PC going constantly in your home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.To jam your mind and break that union with CHRIST
He will tempt you to fill the coffee table with magazines and newspapers
Pound your mind with the news 24 hours a day
Invade your driving moments with billboards
Flood your mailbox with junk mail, mail order catalogues, lotto stakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hope
Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so that husbandswill believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and become dissatisfied with their wives
And keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night so they don’t give their husbands the love they need, so that they will begin to look elsewhere
He will try to fragment the family ties through innocent little things like Santa Claus to distract you from teaching your children the real meaning of Christmasor the Easter bunny so they won’t talk about HIS resurrection And power over sin and death…”
Try and keep you so busy to stop you from going out in nature where you can reflect on GOD’S creation.Send you to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies Instead.”
And when you meet for spiritual fellowship, involve the group in gossip and small talk so that you leave with a troubled conscience.
Crowd your life with so many good causes so that you would have no time to seek power from Jesus
Soon you will be working in your own strength, sacrificing your health and family for the good of the cause.”
Satan wants’ to Keep you busy, busy, busy! : B–eingU–nderS–atan’sY-oke?
To keep you so busy with the things of the Lord, for you to miss the opportunity to spend time with the Lord of all things
He will… oppress the… people of the Most High… Daniel 7:2525 He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time.
Satan uses two strategies.
First, ‘he will defy the Most High.’ Satan will always attack God’s plan, God’s principles and God’s people, so be on guard!
Second, ‘he will… oppress the… people of the Most High.’ Weariness is a weapon Satan will use against you. When you’re worn out, you’re vulnerable. At that point temptation can lead to compromise, compromise to indulgence, and indulgence to defeat. ‘…make no provision for the flesh‘ Romans 13:1414 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires. Don’t give Satan an inch or he will take a mile. Your mind is where the real attack takes place.The Bible warns you to be careful, Hebrews 12:33 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;[a] then you won’t become weary and give up.‘Satan will wear you down in order to wipe you out, so you must take time to replenish your strength in God’s presence. It’s easy to get caught up in the work of the Lord, and not spend time with the Lord of the work. Jesus said, Matthew 11:28-3028 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
When you commit yourself to doing God’s will, God’s way, in God’s strength, you don’t wear out. You’re fulfilled, you stay in balance, and you overcome the stress and anxiety of this world. And that’s how God wants you to live.