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Saturday, March 5, 2011

WHO LET THAT SNAKE IN?

A better question is; why did the serpent yield itself to Satan and deceive Adam and Eve?

There are probably not many questions with greater scope than that. If we conclude that the serpent was used by Satan then it would also be safe to surmise that he was first deceived by Satan. It was a lose - lose proposition for all in the garden for all were evicted or some were locked in with no way out.

We will never be tempted to the degree that the serpent, Adam or Eve were but the same quality of temptation is available to all, especially Christians.

Temptation is a non issue unless there is a responder within the one that is tempted.

James 1:14 Everyone is tempted by his own desires as they lure him away and trap him.

Ephesians 6:11 speaks of the wiles of the devil. (A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.)

Our senses are tools that are used to get our attention to the vessels of temptation. Sin is accompanied by; happening and consequence and often regret. The devil exaggerates the pleasures of sin while minimizing the true nature and outcome of sin.

As the serpent was used in the garden, so also will other enticements be used to draw you toward sin, and if one isn’t careful even as Eve was drawn to the forbidden fruit so also you may be drawn.

First temptation and then desire (lust) James 1:15 When that desire becomes pregnant, it gives birth to sin; and when that sin grows up, it gives birth to death.

The progression is desire, birth, growth and then it becomes a ruling force that controls the individual much like one who tries drugs and then it controls them. Remember it is always the serpent that lures and deceives you but behind him is the true force of evil.

Job 1:7"Where have you come from?" the LORD asked Satan. Satan answered the LORD, "I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that's going on."

1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Well I reckon we all know this stuff and know most of us have vulnerabilities we need to especially guard.

Adam and Eve also had sufficient warnings but chose to ignore them. Nuff said!



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