Sunday, September 15, 2013

How Satan Entices People Into Sin

10:34AM EDT 9/13/2013
Os Hillman
Charisma Magazine

Have you ever thought about how Satan entices human beings into sin?

When we are tempted by a particular thing, it seems natural to engage. We believe that by engaging with that temptation, it will give us something. It might make us feel good, meet a perceived need or be pleasurable. Eve thought God was holding out on her when she wanted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She didn't believe God's warning when He set a boundary and placed the garden as off-limits.

The word Satan means "deceiver." Other attributes given to Satan is that he kills, steals and destroys human beings. He wants you to impugn the nature of God. He wants to cause war in heaven and bring all humans to revolt against God the Father.

 I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

We Are All Sinners.
The Bible tells us there is only one human who did not sin. That was Jesus.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Rom. 3:23-26).

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying,
Is this the man that made the earth tremble, that did shake kingdoms?

But we believe there will be no consequences.

One of Satan’s ploys is to convince us that there is no consequence to our sin. However, clearly there are lasting consequences that include the following:
  1. Separation from God
  2. Shame
  3. Guilt
  4. Compromise leads to deceit in our lives
  5. Lost confidence in the spiritual dimension of our lives