Scripture Text: Genesis 3:1-7
Memory Verse: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
Lesson Aim: To expose how the enemy attacks our minds.
Let’s look at the specific strategies that Satan uses to attack us. It was in the battle of the mind that Satan defeated Eve. First, the enemy deceives us and casts doubt into our minds about God’s Word. Satan knew that God had commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but he planted doubt in Eve’s mind. He lied to her and got her to question God’s Word. He uses the same approach today.
The first mistake Eve made was listening to Satan. She knew what God had said. After all, she had perfect memory. Yet rather than resist the devil, she listened to the devil contradict God’s Word and had a conversation with him. She began to entertain thoughts of doubt about God’s integrity and His holiness and believed the devil’s accusation that God was holding something back and did not mean what He said.
Next, the enemy appealed to her eyes. The fruit looked good. Every sin starts with a thought. Thoughts lead to feelings; feelings will lead to words. Words lead to actions. Before she knew it, Eve was eating the fruit.
Thousands of years later, we find Satan approaching Jesus in much the same way. He approached Jesus by twisting God’s Word, but this time he met more than his match. Jesus did not entertain the devil but resisted him by rebuking the devil and affirming the Word of God.
There are many Christians living in defeat because they listen to Satan’s lies. Instead of recognizing him as a liar, they continue listening, trying to reason with him, and fall into his trap. To live in victory over Satan, we must submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7).
The enemy is an opportunist; and he is constantly looking for areas in our lives through which he can enter and dominate. Any area of our lives (including our thought life) that is not submitted to God, will be fertile ground for the enemy. When we habitually succumb to the wiles of the enemy, we establish a house of thoughts through which he can find comfort to wreak havoc in our lives.
In order to win the battle of the mind, we must do like Jesus: (1) know who the real enemy is; (2) know God’s voice and obey; (3) be full of the Spirit; and (4) be fully armored. These factors will allow us to recognize every desire, imagination and thought contrary to God’s Word, and give us the victory again and again.
Interact with God’s Word:
- Satan came at Eve with a subtle attack that cast doubt on the authority of God’s Word. Genesis 3:1-5 How is he still using this strategy today? Discuss and give examples.
- Consider Satan’s approach when he tempted Jesus. What did he appeal to? Luke 4:1-12
- What are the three areas that we have to contend with according to 1 John 2:16?
- How do these three areas relate to the temptations Jesus faced? Hebrews 4:15
- What can we learn from the following Scriptures? 1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31; 2 Corinthians 2:9-11
- In the final paragraph of the introduction, four points were noted which contributed to Jesus’ victory over Satan. How can we relate these to our battles?
- Knowing who the real enemy is.
- Knowing God’s voice and being obedient.
- Being full of the Spirit.
- Being fully armored.