Satan cleverly crafts subtle lies about the biggest truths. He knows that if he can get us to believe the wrong things, it is easier for us to do the wrong things. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals Satan’s four spiritual flaws, and how to counteract Satan’s deceit with God’s truth.
There’s some areas in which Satan wants you to believe the wrong thing, because to believe the wrong thing will lead you to do the wrong thing. But Devil really had rather have you believe the wrong thing then to do the wrong thing. Because if he has you believing the wrong thing, there’s no difficulty for him to get you to do the wrong thing. Because the thought is the father of the day. You so thought you reap. Indeed, you so indeed you reap a habit. So haven’t you reap a character saw character? You reap a destiny. It all begins with Black. For over 50 years, Pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rodgers preach to audiences and touch lives all over the world with his unique brand of solid, good local teaching. His teaching has been described as profound, Truth stated, so simply a five year old can understand it. And yet it still touches the heart of a 50 year old, and you’ll hear that in these messages on the basics of the Christian faith. Have your Bibles ready and join us for today’s message. Before we begin, remember, you can follow, along with Pastor Rogers, outline and notes on today’s message at L W F dot or or the My Elder Buf. Now let’s draw on Adrian Rodgers. Would you be finding Genesis Chapter three? And that’s easy to find because that’s the first book in the Bible, just three chapters over. And when you found it, look up here and let me tell you that the world’s biggest liar is Satan him self. And what we’re going to find here in the third chapter of Genesis is the first lie that was told upon planet Earth, actually, succession of lies for them that we’re going to talk about that he told to Eve so long ago. Now remember that Jesus said of Satan, He is the master liar. And so you’re going to find us. We look at these lies that they sound a lot like the proof because the cleverest lives have some proof in them. Every good lie has some proof, innit? Even somebody who’s wise was that even a clock that doesn’t run is is right twice a day in that right. But the cleverest lines sound the most like the truth, and you’re going to find these lies here in in this delineation of what state and did so long ago. And I want you to see what the devil did to corrupt Eve. And I want you to see what the devil will do to corrupt you. And if you’re not Christian today, pay attention now, because the devil has deceived you, you say? Well, he hasn’t received me. Yes, Yes. Revelation 12. Verse nine says he deceives the whole world. And all of us were to see by the devil until we came. The Lord Jesus Christ. And remember, his motive is murder. He wants you to be his victim. His method is the lie. He would deceive you today. And if he doesn’t deceive you, he just tried to get you to tune out so that you don’t hear what we’re talking about. Four things that Satan did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Look, if you will Chapter three and Verse one. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field. The word subtle means crafty and sly, more subtle than in the beast of the field, which the Lord God may. And he said unto the woman, Hey, hath God said ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden. Spirituals Flaw Number one is to despise God’s goodness and to think negatively about gone. I don’t think negatively about God. That’s what the devil wants you to do. He wants you to think negatively About God Stated came crawling his slimy, corroding path into the pages of history. And he said, Did God say that you shall not eat of the fruit of every tree of the garden? What was that? It was an attempt to get Eve to doubt. God’s goodness, God’s love, God’s amazing grace. He wanted Eve to think negatively about God. What wasthe was a slander on the character of God. It was Satan’s way of saying, God is not good goddess, some sort of a cosmic killjoy. God doesn’t want you to have all of this good through now. Of course, that was a lie. God had not said that she could not eat of that fruit. It’s a matter of fact just putting your margin. Genesis Chapter two, Verse 16 and the Lord God commanded the man saying of every tree of the garden. Listen to this dam is freely eat. It’s there is for you, Adam. Eve. I made it for you. Help yourself. But what to say and say, Oh, hath God said ye shall not eat of the fruit of every tree of the garden. The truth and matter is there was only one tree that they were forbidden to take up. But what Satan was trying to do was to get Eve to think negatively about God goddess so straightly. Scott is so cruel that any time you sees anyone having any pleasure, he just sort of moves in to break up the party. Everything good and pleasurable is a no no. The truth of the matter is that God has said a resounding yes to your pleasure. God loves you. Don’t get the idea that being a Christian is some sort of a penalty that you pay in order to get to heaven. I would be a question if there were no heaven. There is. I would be a Christian if there were no hell just to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. Can you imagine what all God made for Adam and Eve? Can you imagine the glories, the splendour of Eden? What it must have been like the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen would not even begin to compare with the then God made it for Adam and even gods it. Help yourself. They tell a little storey of Cain and Abel after Adam and even been put out of the garden because of the same, Cain and Abel came to Wall crime. Bill climbed up that wall and looked over and saw Eden went back to Adam and said, Daddy, we have just seen the most beautiful place in the world. Hey, Dad, do you think we could ever live in a place like that? Adam said we did once, boys, before your mother ate us out of house and home. Well, it was a beautiful and a glorious place and God made. And God said that Adam and God said to eat. Help yourself. Do you know what the devil will do to many of you? He will put negative thoughts in your heart concerning the goodness of our God and anything that causes pain and suffering and moan and moan and groan and woe and heartache and tears is the fruit of sin. It is not because of God. God made a beautiful, wonderful paradise, and he put man and woman in that paradise. And so Satan’s spirituals flaw Number one is to get you to doubt the goodness of God and to think negatively about gone and friend. It’s a foolish thing if you think negatively about our great God, who has given us richly all things to enjoy. When I invite you to Jesus Christ, I’m not inviting you to a funeral. I’m inviting you to a feast to know the Lord Jesus Christ spiritually. Lot number two spiritually floor Number two is to deny God’s truthfulness and to think skeptically about God not noticed versus two and three. And the woman said unto the serpent we made of the fruit of the trees of the garden even do better than that. But of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God has said you shall not eat of it. Neither show you touch it unless you die. And the serpent said to the woman, ye shall not surely die. You know how I think he said it. I wasn’t there. But you know, I think you said we shall not Surely die. I mean, what? What? What he is doing here? It is denying God’s truthfulness. How do you know that you’re going to surely die? And what he did was to make a sceptic, to make a Doubter about God’s truthfulness. You see, what he did, first of all, was to question God’s goodness. And now he is questioning God’s truthfulness. I want to say this. Anybody who causes a question mark concerning the word of God or anybody who denies the veracity and the truth of other word of God is doing the work of the devil. I don’t care what university he teaches in what seminary he may teaching. I don’t. I care not how many degrees he has after his name. If he inculcated in the hearts and minds of anybody a doubt or a denial of the word of God. That man is an emissary of Satan. It goes all the way back to garden been? Yeah. If God said, you shall not eat all Come on. You will not Surely? Oh no. Why? Your eyes will be open. You see, modern man today we’ll do anything except believe the truth. We have so many substitutes for the truth we have today are relativism. Hagel, the philosopher, began relativism in our society, and so everything is is relative in our kids are going to school today being taught there are no ad salutes. All truth is relative proof, and that doesn’t go than others, and especially in some churches today, have been given too. Subjective is not relativism, butts, Objectivism, they say. Well, this is what I feel is truth, and this is what I think this is, is what it means to me. And, well, what is true for me may not be true for you, but isn’t it wonderful that we all have our own proof? And that’s that’s Objectivism. Truth is what we experience him. And for others, the answer is not necessarily relativism or subjective ism, but rationalism. They somehow have the idea that all that is truth is what we call empirical truth, what they can put into the laboratory. If they could put God in in a test, too, then they might believe in God. Puny man thinks that he can prove God through rationalism, and so he substitutes. Thus set the mind of man with us at the word of God and another substitute for God’s truth is pragmatism. And this is the one that’s working in America today. In America today we don’t ask. Is it true? We want to know? Does it work? Does it work? And so we’re not all that interested in pragmatism, being almost damning assault on truth, Today is the word. You may not have heard much any much, but if you’ve been in, if you’ve read about in theology, you hear this word and it’s post modernism. What on earth is postmodernism? You say, Pastor? I’ve been longing all morning. Here’s something about postmodernism, postmodernism, these folks, they don’t believe there is truth. They won’t argue about truth to you because that is not even an issue with them. It’s just there is no riel truth. And so it’s It’s a hodgepodge of all of these other things that I have talked about rationalism and relativism and emotionalism and and all of these things. But when they finally finish, they just simply say nobody knows truth and ever has been. Truth never will be truth. We make up proof as we go along. Now, that kind of thinking, which is one of Satan’s spirituals Flaws leaves people with no rational basis as to say what is right and what is wrong. Parents are having difficulty raising Children. Let me tell you how to raise him. Child is wrong to steal because God says so. It is wrong to commit adultery because God says so you to obey your purse because God says so would worship one God because God says so. But if the foundation’s be destroyed, what shall the righteous do now is the third spiritually flaw. First of all, he wanted Satan Satan want to heave, to think negatively about God did that the goodness of God. Secondly, he wanted Eve to think skeptically about garden and a doubt the truthfulness of God. Thirdly, third spirituals of law was to defy God’s righteousness and think carelessly about God. I don’t think carelessly about God. Look in verse four game and the serpent said in the woman. Ye shall not. Surely that that is Eve. You don’t have to worry about judgement. I mean, you could be cavalier about this thing. You don’t need to fear God. God is not all that righteous. I don’t worry about God’s laws, friend God is righteous. God is holy. Not only is God good, but God is righteous. God will punish. Then God had forbidden them to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And God said in the day, to treat their of you will die. That was God’s holy law And law without penalty is only advice. And God wasn’t giving advise. You see, it is the devil’s gospel, the devil’s gospel, that God will not punish sin. But God sent me here to tell you that God is the Holy God. God is a righteous God and God will punish sand and whatever happened to hell if you disobey God and refuse the gospel Jesus Christ, you’re going to die and go to hell. You’re going to die and go to hell! There is a hell you say? Well, Pastor, today people don’t believe in hell anymore. Well, that doesn’t change it all. Jesus Christ had more to say about health. And in a preacher, in the word of God, Jesus Christ, the living Jesus had more to say about Hill than any other preacher. In the word of God. Abraham Lincoln, who was wise in homie ways, said a little boy. One time sit son. I won’t ask you question. If a dog has four legs and you call his tailor leg, then how many legs what he had. Little boy said he’d have five, and aides said no. Hell only had four. No matter what you call his tail is still a table. You call his tailor leg if you want to, but he only has four legs. And no matter what people say about hell, they do not take away God’s truth concerning the punishment of saying now. Satan knows that man fears death. Saito knows that. So he says, Steve, you’re not surely die By the way I said, You know, this is not new. Our old, it’s it’s up to date. It’s all new age, religion, everything that I have given you. Everything is all New age religion. How did the New Agers deal with this idea? You shall not. You will not. Surely that that’s reincarnation. What is reincarnation? What you just You just keep going around and around you get recycled. You get many chances that perfection as you need, and in reincarnation there is no judgement. There’s no personal God. People don’t like the idea of judgement. And they’re glad to listen to this third spirituals flaw that took in. Deny the righteousness of God and think carelessly about God. You know what the worst things people say about preachers today? He’s a hellfire preacher, hellfire and damnation. Preacher like you don’t want to go there to hear him. Once again, you would not have wanted to hear Jesus. I have an idea. I have a suspicion. It’s almost a conviction. If the Supreme Court of the United States of America could vote on it, they would outlaw hell as cruel and unusual punishment. They say that’s certainly an un American thing. You cannot. You cannot have eternal punishment. You see, this is a lie out of hell. That devil wants you to think negatively about God. The devil wants you to think skeptically about God. The devil wants you to think casually and likely about guard Fort spiritually Flaw is this that Satan? The base is God’s greatness and he wants you to think suspiciously about. He wants you to think suspiciously about God. Now notice how clever he wasa looking Verse five for God doth know that in the day that you eat thereof. Ha. Then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil. Now I know what he’s saying. Here, look, you can’t trust God. Hey, you’re a babe in the woods. Your eyes They’re not even open. You don’t know what’s right. You don’t know what’s wrong. You don’t know what’s good. You don’t know what’s better. All you have is his word for it. That’s all you have is his word for it. You’ve never experienced it. How do you know it’s bad? How do you know? After all, Ive experience is the best teacher. Have you ever heard that experience is the best teacher? So we get the idea today that in order to find out whether something is good or bad, we have to experiment with it as the reason why so many young people had their lives a direct and ruining their sucked down in the swirling sewers have sent because experimentation. One young lady I was trying to induce another young lady to sacrifice her purity upon the altar of some man’s yet last become the dirty play. Think of somebody and she was saying, Well, everybody’s doing it. Why don’t you do it? And the young girl who was being tempted was a virgin pure somebody who knew what God’s word says, that you’d have saved yourself with one that you marry. You say, Well, I’m not married yet. It’s not adultery, friend. The Bible calls it fornication on the Bible forbids it. And it’s a doctor against the one you’re going to marry against the one you’re going to make. But this person was saying, No, go ahead, go ahead, go ahead. Everybody’s doing it. And this young, pure girl said to this girl who was trying to get her to experiment with sex. So let me tell you something. Any time I want to become like you, I can be I can. But any time you would again like to be like me, you never can. You never came, But you see the devil. The devil is trying to get everybody into this experimenting Eve, Try it. The devil knows that in the day the cheat, then your eyes will be open and you’ll be like God. Now, remember what I told you that the best lie sounds the most like the truth. I mean, you think about it. Evens not trying at Satan is not trying to get Eve to steal our to kill our to commit adultery are to use narcotics. Do you know what debate is that he’s using? He says, Hey, I want to show you how to be like you be as God. That sounds so much like being like God doesn’t. But there’s a big difference between being Asgard being like. But you see this line chances so much like the truth, you will be, as God know, God’s plan is for us to be like he made us in his image in his image. And he is working toward that plan until one day, even though we have fallen, redeemed well, rise in his likeness and will be like him forever. And and the Bible’s this, Alma said, I shall be satisfied when I awaken in thy likeness in In an amazing Is it amazing how that people today buy in to these four spirituals flaws where the devil gets it and some are listening right here? You’ve been thinking negatively about God. Have you listened to the devil’s lies? All of us have it sometime. Well, there’s another passage, and we won’t turn to it. But I love it over in Revelation, Chapter 12 versus nine through 11 in the Bible. Then Verse nine speaks of that old dragon. The serpent are that’ll certain, The dragon, that’ll certain we saw him way back in the Garden of Eden. Now he is over here and in the book of the Revelation. And by the way, they’re two books in the Bible The devil doesn’t like. You know what they are Genesis and revelation, because in Genesis his his doom is announced and in revelation is carried out. And thank God there’s no devil in the first two of the last two chapters of the Bible. Amen. Over there it says this that’ll Serpent was cast out and his angels were cast out with him. Listen to this. It says this. Here’s how to overcome it. And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony. And they love not their lives on to the death. That’s the way to overcome the Ole ay of the blood of the lamb and the blood of Jesus Christ. God’s son cleanses us from all sent. There is power in the blood of Jesus. Amen. The blood of the lamb. Thank God for Calvary. Thank God that Jesus the last Adam undid what the first Adam did on that cross they overcame in by the blood of the lamb. And it’s because Jesus died for you that you could be saved. And then the word of the testimony they were not a shame of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, if your shame to meeting my word, I’ll be ashamed of you when I come in the glory, the father with the Holy Angels. And then it says. And here’s the main thing. Listen to me, I would say is the main thing the climactic thing. And they loved not their lines onto the death. Now, that doesn’t mean they kept on living Jesus until they died. That’s not what that means. That that may be true, but that’s not what that means. It means this, that they love Jesus Christ and would serve him if they had to die for their faith. Would you die for your faith and do you no longer afraid to die? You know, I read it to Liam and you may, if you’re true Christian, have to die for your faith. The way things are changing. They overcame him by the blood of a lead by the word of the testimony. And they love not their lives on to the death folks. It’s time we start playing games and it’s time we stopped listening to lies. The devil is a liar before spiritual laws are these. God loves you. He has a wonderful playing for your life. But the second is that saying a separate us from God. The 30 is that Jesus Christ, the son of God died for our sins on the cross. The fourth is if we will receive him, is our personal lord and Saviour. Then we can no on experience God’s love and God’s playing for our lives. Do you bow your heads in prayer heads about an isa clothes? If you want to be saved, here’s what you could do. You could pray prayer like this. Dear God, I’m a sinner and I’m lost and I need to be saved and I want to be saved. Jesus! You died to save me. You promised to save me if I would trust you. I do trust you. Jesus. Would you tell him that? Tell him. Just tell him. Lord, I trust you. I bring my saying my weakness, my doubt. I bring it all or just to you. And I trust you come into my heart. Forgive. Forgive my sin. Cleanse me. Save me. Jesus prayed from your heart. Did you ask him? Then pray this. Thank you for doing it. I don’t look for sign. I don’t ask for feeling. I stand on your word. You cannot lie. Thank you, Jesus. For paying for my son with your blood on the cross. Thank you, Jesus. And now because you died for me, I will live for you. And I will not be ashamed of you. I will make it public, and I will do it today. I will do it today. In your name. I pray I’m in Brenda’s. We conclude this message. May I ask you a very personal question? A very pertinent question. Are you saying I didn’t ask if you were religious? Babis met this Presbyterian Episcopalian or anything else? Do you know Jesus Christ? Is he a bright living reality in your life? If not, I’ve got good news. You can receive him today as your Lord and Saviour and he will save you instantaneously. He will be with you continually and he will keep you eternally prey like this. Lord Jesus, come into my home. Forgive myself. Save me. Oh, jeez, Spread and mean. And if you do write to us and let us know so we can rejoice and we’ll send you some literature. They help you get started in your Christian life. 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