Internal Manipulation

As we pointed out in yesterday’s article, Satan has access to our minds. Through our minds, he can influence us. He moves us to imagine something so appealing that we feel that we need it, must have it and we deserve it. (There are, of course, legitimate needs. The Bible gives guidelines to discern what is truly needed). The enemy then presents an imagination of how nice the desired item(s) would be to have and what it could do for us and how we could enjoy it/ them. A desire is born and grows as we begin to rationalize how we can get the desired item(s). We figure out a way to obtain what we crave to have and now we are the “proud” owners of the acquisition(s). Eve saw the fruit. Can you imagine how delicious that fruit looked? Remember that fruit was not yet under the curse!” it would be beyond delicious. She began to crave it. The craving must be satisfied. The clincher: it would make the partaker very wise. The trap is sprung! She chose to eat the fruit (do what she wanted instead of what God commanded). Adam joined her and made the wrong choice, as well. Both imagined themselves as becoming as wise as God..They could be proud of being so wise. This has been the devil’s basic way of operating ever since. He even had the audacity to try it on our Lord. “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:16). The tragic fact is that we repeatedly fall for Satan’s lies. That is, we do until we see how we have been deceived and realize that we don’t have to let Satan manipulate us. We don’t have to let him play us like puppets on his strings. Selah! Remember that “….every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” (From James 1:14). There are ways to be freed from these self-imposed traps. We’ll take a close look at these tomorrow, God willing.     Ron

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