Genesis 3:1-8, Ephesians 6:10-12, John 8:44 & Isaiah 5:20
Pastor Steve focused on Genesis 3 again, only this time adding verse 8, which describes Adam and Eve hiding from God after they sinned. He devoted much of his message to Satan’s deception, quoting John 8:44, where Jesus called the devil “the father of lies;” John 10:10, which says Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy; and 1 Peter 5:8-9, which talks about him going about as a roaring lion.
“His roaring is a pack of lies,” Steve said. “If you’re struggling with depression or you have an anger problem, it’s because you believe the devil’s lies. All of are twisted up inside with different kinds of problems in different ways. The devil will make sure if you have an anger problem you will have opportunities to get mad. If you struggle with lust he’ll make sure you’re tempted.”
The way we stand against him is found in Ephesians 6:10-11: putting on the armor of God. Satan is brighter than we are, so we shouldn’t think we’re going to outsmart him, Steve said. Faith, God’s wisdom, and His armor are what help us deal with a cunning adversary.
He then outlined three steps to what the devil did:
- He made God look evil.
By lying, the devil made it look like God didn’t have their best interests in mind. Before they fell, Adam and Eve didn’t have any shame because they lacked awareness of sin. But Satan questioned God’s command: is that what it really means? Today, people who want to justify sin will call holiness “legalism.” Those who want to excuse adultery reason that because their spouse isn’t meeting their needs, it’s okay to sleep with someone else who will.
- He denies the consequences.
Satan told Eve she wouldn’t die if she ate the fruit; “Here’s what God really meant.” Steve said the scary think is that Satan cleverly mixed a kernel of truth in mostly lies in his effort to deceive Eve. Modern culture does the same thing; if someone justifies traditional moral codes, they will sneer, “That’s just your interpretation.”
- He calls good evil.
Satan argues like a lawyer, telling Eve if she wants to be like God, she should disobey Him.
“It’s not a wrong desire to be like God,” Steve said. “It’s the route she takes to get there: disobeying God to get closer to God. Yet verse 8 tells us God walked in the garden regularly. They could see Him regularly. Yet Satan convinces them God is withholding wisdom from them. . . . We resist (the devil) by trusting God. The best way is to feed on His word.”