Summary: Today in our lives we let the Devil convince us God is a harsh God when really if any one’s trying to keep us from having fun it’s the Devil.
Don’t Listen to the Devil
By Tylor Cates:
Intro: (Gen. 2:16-17) " And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
I. Satan (Gen. 3:1-6)
1. Mentioned 3 times in the Bible
a. in this verse
b. To talk about a guy that convinces someone to lay with his on sister Tamar.
2. Means someone who convinces someone else to do something they shouldn’t do.
3. The serpent was probably a very beautiful creature before his fall
B. Vs.1 "Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"
1. He makes you question Gods word
a. Today people talk about this story could be a fairy tale.
b. Different versions of Bibles.
2. Makes God look harsher than he is
a. In the garden they had one rule don’t eat of that tree they might have had hundreds of trees to eat from but they passed them to get to this one and the other one’s were just as good maybe better.
b. That’s what a lot of preachers and other people do today. They tell you about works and sacraments when it’s really simple to get saved, but the Devil doesn’t want you to know about it.
C. Vs. 3 "God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."
1. Eve begins to make her conscience feel better.
a. Now she begins to make God seam harsher than he is by adding rules to Gods law.
b. He said eat of it he didn’t say not to touch it.
c. We do that today in our lives (ex. TV, Movies, etc.)
2. Do we sometimes make it easy for people to think negative about God?
a. We make it seem like a burden to follow God.
b. "I can’t do that my parents, my church, or God will not let me"
c. "Instead of saying that would not glorify God so that’s why I can’t do that."
D. Vs. 4. "And the said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:"
1. When subtlety stops working he flat out calls God a liar.
E. Vs. 5. "For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."
1. The Devil likes to show us half-truths.
a. He wasn’t lying he showed Eve the pleasure full things but left out the end results. (Sin is pleasure full for a season but the ends thereof are death.)
b. He’ll show you the volleyball playing models drinking but doesn’t show them setting over the toilet puking their guts out or rapped around a pole with your guts out.
F. Vs. 6 "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."
1. They make a moral decision based on physical instead of spiritual.
a. "If it feels good do it!!!"
b. A survey of High school teens found that 16% said they make moral decisions based upon what God or the Bible says they should do, but 45% said they make theirs based on their experience.