Pastor Dan Stolebarger opened Sunday's message by explaining that the Word of God is the most powerful force in the universe. As Christians, it is very important that we do not just 'know' God's word in our minds, but somehow scripture must make its way from our minds into our hearts. We must live out what is written in the Bible.
It is also important for us as Christians to know what the word is. Not only is scripture memorization key, but we are in need of knowing how to apply biblical principal to our daily lives.
When envisioning Satan it is pressing that we know what we are up against. The devil would like you to think that he is red, with horns and a tail so that he is very easy to identify. He would like you to believe that is how he appears and how he tempts.
The appearance of Satan being horrid and grotesque is misrepresented. In Ezekiel 28:12b Satan is described as the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and beauty. Satan was splendor. Beauty beyond belief was his shell and music was his gifting Ezekiel 28:13 says, the workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
Satan knows that worship is powerful. Worship that is brought forth through music is an incredible force. It joins our consciousness into adoration for the Lord. When we engage our minds with music and videos that reflect sin and temptation we are allowing Satan a window into our lives. The musical ambiance of Satan may look, sound, and feel appealing but underneath is a frightening replica of destruction. Again, Satan does not appear to us in that coat of red, he is an angel of beauty and we need to be on guard.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. Genesis 3:1a
The devil knows the bible better than we do. He knows how to use scripture to try to tempt us in his direction.
Satan even used God's word to try to tempt Jesus in the wilderness Matthew 4:1-11. In Genesis 3:1b-4 Satan even attempts to use God's own words against Eve. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" 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."
The devil knows what is attractive to us and you can be sure that he will try to use whatever he can to get your attention off God. His ultimate plan is that you will live his way rather than the way that God has instituted for us. This is exactly why it is crucial to know scripture so that you can pray and combat Satan when he attempts to make his move.
In Genesis 3:4-5 Satan manipulates Eve by telling her, 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. Satan knows that our greatest quest is to be in the likeness of the One who created us.
In this case, he knew that Eve must have loved God and wanted to be everything that He was. In verse 6 we can see where Eve's temptation came in when it says, it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.
Not only did Eve partake of the tree but Adam did as well (verse 6) Following the disobedience of God's command Adam and Eve proceeded to hide from God because they were ashamed from their actions (verse 7).
Satan distraction from God is great but the consequence from falling to distraction and disobeying God's law is even greater. Often times when we sin we have immense feelings of remorse and shame. We need to be careful when making decisions so that we protect our heart from the devil that wants to tear us down.
It only takes one decision to compromise our purity and walk with God. It is not that all sin looks ugly and is ugly, but Satan makes sin look attractive so that we will want to take part in it.
Satan made sin look very attractive to Eve and so God punishes them in verses 16-19. Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.
Soul-Winner, So What?
Jesus became the curse that God gave Adam and Even when He died on the cross for us. We get saved when we take responsibility for our actions. When we ask for forgiveness, God washes away our sins. It is more difficult to hide from admittance to our sin than to simply confess them to God and ask for forgiveness.