January 6, 2016

Today you should read: Genesis 3

Everything Changes

The moral innocence described in Genesis 2:25 was soon to be lost as a result of sin.  In Genesis 3, everything changes.

In these verses we see that Satan isn’t dumb.  He knows what to say, how to say it, and how to manipulate God’s words in order to cause us to reason God’s commands away.  We see the beginning of sin, shame, guilt, fear, and running from the Lord.

Although we see God’s grace and mercy in covering their shame, a foreshadowing of Christ, we do see the horrible effects of sin, and how much we need to protect our hearts and stay near to God.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”:

2 Corinthians 2:11 mentions not being unaware of Satan’s schemes.

By being aware of how temptation works we can be prepared to fight sin and temptation in a practical way in our daily lives.  Our passage shows us 3 aspects of temptation: 1.Lust of the flesh 2.Lust of the eyes and 3. Boast of man.

Genesis 3:6 says, “when the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it…”  

These same 3 are mentioned in 1 John 2:16,

“For everything in the world-the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of the eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.”  

This is how Jesus was tempted in Luke 4:3,5,9; the cravings of the flesh (Jesus was hungry), the lust of the eyes (Jesus was SHOWN what could be His), & the boasting of man (Jesus was tempted to prove that He was the Son of God).  

Here’s a question for today:

If these are the main avenues that Satan takes to tempt us to sin, how will we choose not to submit to these?  How did Jesus fight them?

By: Sam Cirrincione

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

17 thoughts on “January 6, 2016”

  1. Wow, thanks Sam! I’d never made the connection before with those passages in the New Testament. I’m reminded of something my mother taught me years ago about sin: that the brilliance of Satan is his ability to take something evil and make it appear good. And he’s patient enough to wait until we’re isolated and have lost sight of the bigger picture of our actions to hit us with the temptation.

    For me, it’s a daily battle to remember that momentary self-serving lapses in judgement have eternal consequences; the words of Jesus that you pointed out in Luke are very comforting.

  2. Jesus used scripture to defeat Satan on a regular basis. Our relationship with Christ and how he lived dictates how we interpret scripture as well. Without the knowledge of Grace, the understanding of Christ’s sacrifice, and believing and accepting Christ into our hearts and life, we are still prone to Satan’s lies and manipulation of scripture. But, the words of God prove on a regular basis the One we must rely on who fought and over came sin. Being rightly related with Christ and digging into God’s word is how we battle sin and Satan’s lies

    1. Amen Christin & Tina. Jesus quoted the Word of God to refute Satan & his schemes. We don’t have to come up with clever replies on our own. God’s Word has already addressed EVERY TEMPTATION we could ever face. We have to know His Word so well that it rolls off our tongues when we need it. There is simply no short-cut. Read The Word! Thanks for the commentary today, Sam.

  3. I’m reading Priscilla Shirer’s book, “God is Able” right now. The basis of the book is the scripture in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now, to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” The reminder is “fixing our eyes/gaze” on Jesus. It’s hard to do that if we aren’t continuously connected to the one worthy of our praise….oh, how I am reminded of that. So, studying God’s word (putting verses on index cards….sometimes on paper we have taped to our mirrors….in our cars), memorizing (of which I admit I am not the best) all serve as constant reminders to us of the tools God has given us to resist temptation and choose God. Jesus simply was always about his Father’s business…..good lesson for us too!

    1. Excellent Sam – thank you! It’s amazing how much our sin costs… It cost the woman – pain in childbirth and subjection to her husband, it cost the serpent it’s position in the animal kingdom, it cost man being addicted and finding fulfillment from work… but it also cost those who weren’t even directly involved. it cost all of us the penalty of sin and death (Romans 5:12) – it cost (for the first time we know of) animals their lives to make clothing (And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. v.21). Our sin still costs others – ask the kids of an alcoholic or the people in a country ravaged by war.

    2. I just started reading another one of Priscilla Shirer’s books, “The Armor of God,” which is based on the Ephesians 6:10-19 description of the armor of God. She talks about the importance of scripture memorization, but specifically memorizing scriptures to help you combat areas of sin you stuggle with. Jesus knew very specific scripture to help him fight Satan, so why shouldn’t we prepare for spiritual battles in the same way? Thinking about the 3 aspects of temptation today, and how they might have power in my life, I think will help me seek out the specific scripture.

  4. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. – Genesis 3:21

    A shadow of the real thing to come — that God would someday sacrifice a precious Lamb to redeem sinners.

  5. This passage has been really helpful for my understanding of combating temptation and of the gospel:

    1.) When Satan approached Eve, she engaged with him and then with her husband. She had perfect access to God. Yet, she gave Satan an audience. And she talked to him before she talked to God. I think temptation starts when we give every other influence in our life more power than God.

    2.) To echo what Korbet said, we see that God covered them with the blood of something slain, and they tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. It’s interesting how Jesus (Mark 11:12-14) curses the fig tree…cursing the things that we use to cover our sins instead of his blood (takeaway from a teacher from college).

    1. Very good everybody and Amber I really think you hit it , when you said , ” I think temptation starts when we give every other influence in our life more power than God “

  6. Great reminder that when life is so busy we leave out time with God we are in a weakened state spiritually. Much like a fighter that has went the full 12 rounds in a boxing match and is beat up and exhausted; we become more vulnerable to the temptations of satan and his schemes. Stay connected to the Vine and spend daily quality time with God and you will be strengthened and be able to battle with the Words of God that you read on a daily basis. For me it was always hard to carve out time on a daily basis to read His Word. It took me falling in love with God and from there I have pursued Him because I want to know Him more. Hope this helps someone today! May your day be excellent CPC!

  7. I was struck by the fearsome responsibility on men’s shoulders…. Their eyes were opened only after Adam consented to follow his wife instead of his Creator. Makes me grateful for spiritual covering!
    Thanks, Sam. We were just talking about the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life with Isaac yesterday. I’ll send him moseying over this way today. 😉

  8. Thanks Sam this was really good this morning. I think its amazing in my life how one good or one bad decision effects me so. I could not fathom that a decision I make effected the world for all of humanity that still blows my mind,when I study this passage and really makes me think and pray for wisdom before I make most of my decisions.

  9. This is a good reminder of why there are struggles in this world. Many times people will say something like, “If there is a God, why do so many bad things happen in this world?” The truth about this is given to us very early. It is hard to grow food (or make a living) because of sin. It is extremely painful to give birth and you will die and return to the earth because of sin. I like to think I wouldn’t be as dumb as Adam, but the truth is that we are all deceived at some point or another.

  10. Great job Sam I really enjoyed todays passage and what you had to say. I was on my way to work this morning reflecting over what I had read, and on the radio ( K-Love) there was someone talking about James 4:7. So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. I love how God was speaking to me because it went along with what I read earlier. When we study God’s word then we are able to use what we read to help us resist Satan. Scripture is our way to fight Satan. So today I was reminded how important it is for me to study Gods word each and every day.

  11. Great comments and input, everyone! Your comments have caused me to think even deeper about this passage and its implications on my life. Thank you! It reminds me of how vital God’s Word is in my life. I can’t fight Satan or sin without it!

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