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The Man of Power, part 2
So when Satan tempts Eve he taps into her desire for knowledge - that part is fine. However, when Satan offered the ability to gain this advancement of knowledge, she should have had the spiritual power to turn a deaf ear to what Satan was saying. She could have proved to him that she was not the least bit interested in his means of attaining things his way. That would have silenced him.
Temptation is a power-play of the enemy that works on our desires and ultimately challenges us to decide which source of power we are going to go with. This is what James gets at when he says, James 1:13-15 “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”
This is exactly where the Baptism of the Holy Spirit can come into play. It is an empowering to be what you cannot be on your own. It’s very difficult to resist Satan on your own strength. James even goes on to say, “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” The key to resisting the devil is submission to God. So in a very real sense, if we are going to live the life of freedom from sin we must become a servant of God.
Isn’t that exactly what Satan tried to do with Jesus in the wilderness temptation? He tries to appeal to HIS human nature by telling Him to look at all the kingdoms of the world, and then he offers Him the power to attain them. But what does Jesus do? He submits to God and silences the enemy.
If only Eve could have done the same, things might have been much different today. Because Eve’s desire to attain was greater than her love for God she gave into Satan’s means to gain and subsequently became his slave.
Speaking of slaves to sin, let’s look at Cain. Genesis 4:6-7 “Then the LORD said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you (you could say, ‘master you’), but you must master it.”
When men yield to Satan they become his servant. So here is what we are faced with; we have a desire to attain, so we can either attain through Satan’s ways or attain through God’s ways. God sent His Spirit for this very purpose. Those who have a great desire to attain godliness will willingly seek out this means to gain – God’s way. Those who lack a desire to gain godliness will ultimately follow the means and methods of Satan because we all have the desire to attain.
Satan taps into Judas’ desire to make money (that part is not wrong), but then he enticed him to accomplish it by selling out the Son of God. Man’s desires open him up to the sport of Satan’s power, unless he is sustained and supported by a power greater than himself. Hence the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Medication: A Merry Heart: It’ll Come Back
A preacher was making his rounds to his parishioners on a bicycle, when he came upon a little boy trying to sell a lawn mower.
“How much do you want for the mower?” asked the preacher.
“I just want enough money to go out and buy me a bicycle,” said the little boy.
After a moment of consideration, the preacher asked, “Will you take my bike in trade for it?”
The little boy asked if he could try it out first, and, after riding the bike around a little while, said, “Mister, you’ve got yourself a deal.”
The preacher took the mower and began to try to crank it. He pulled on the rope a few times with no response from the mower. The preacher called the little boy over and said, “I can’t get this mower to start.”
The little boy said, "That’s because you have to cuss at it to get it started."
The preacher said, “I’m a minister, and I can't cuss. It’s been so long since I’ve been saved that I don’t even remember how to cuss.”
The little boy looked at him happily and said, “Just keep pulling on that string. It’ll come back to ya.”
God Bless, Press On!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Hebrews 13:8 ESV
Today’s readings: Ezekiel 46 – 48