“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to ﬁnd something other than God which will make him happy.” ~C.S. Lewis
“They knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools... As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie.” Romans 1:21-25 NLT
In order for relationships to work, let the One who designed them deﬁne them.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,”the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 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. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed ﬁg leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:1-7 NIV
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 ESV
“I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” Genesis 3:10 NIV
Step 1: The devil gets us to question God’s Word.
God’s Word isn’t totally true.
“We also thank God continually because, when you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it, not as the word of men, but actually as it is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV
“If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshiping an idealized version of yourself.” ~Timothy Keller
Step 2: The devil scoffs at the negative consequences of sin.
That choice won’t hurt anything.
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV
Passions need parameters.
Step 3: The devil accuses God of evil intent.
Righteousness is boring. Sin is fun.
“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 NKJV
The most loving thing God does is call us out of our sin.
Step 4: The devil advertises sin as beneﬁcial.
Your life will be better with you leading it.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV
Giving up something now for something better later isn’t a sacriﬁce. It’s an investment.
Step 5: The devil uses sin to create shame that destroys our future relationships.
It’s too late. Run and hide.
“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” Psalm 34:5 NLT
“...not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 NIV
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2 NLT
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV
Repentance is a moment of pain. Being unrepentant is a lifetime of pain.