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May 5, 2021 8:00 am
We play would send Dr. Tony Evans talked about the strategies Satan uses to destroy why in charge of it. One moment celebrating 40 years of faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Abbott, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative con artists use temptation and distraction to keep people from figuring out what's really going on. And since the devil is the ultimate con man today.
Dr. Evans will discuss why your best defense is a clear picture of the truth. Let's join him. Let's assume that you are going on a journey going on a trip if a journey that you have to take.
You have an option not to go on this journey you are full when you begin the process of entering this journey that this will be a dangerous trip there will be landmines that you will not be able to see explosives that you will not detect quicksand that will be covered over there will be that you will be able to fall into all through this journey will not be obvious to you but they will be there throughout the journey being told.
This disappointing, discouraging news about this journey you must take the person speaking to you gives you a map on this map all the places where the dangers lie is written on the map shows you where he landmines is where every explosive is webbing.
It is where every every place that would seek to bring you home.
Do you where to destroy your life all laid out on the mat on the journey, you must take. We all journey called life. Once you were born you started this journey.
It is a journey, you must take God is giving you a map's word is one designed to reveal to you the pitfalls so that you can make the journey what you think about the map will affect how well you do on the journey, you might decide to ball it up put it in your pocket ignore that there might decide to look at it but not pay attention to it, you might decide a weekly visit to what is is enough. I'll take my chances. The rest of the week about you can decide that this map is absolutely essential that I will complete this journey and I don't want to be killed by what's on the road undetected in Genesis chapter 3 we have the strategy of the devil to bring consequences into your life. Negative consequences in verse one now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made crafty means sneaky crafty means clever or the snake.
The serpent was more the sneaky slithery then the other creatures God had made.
So when Satan wanted to make his move. He chose something that would be consistent with what he wanted to achieve. He wanted to achieve crafty mass so we chose a crafty creature.
Satan knows what to choose" to choose to slither into your world on to get your undivided attention. He knows how to maneuver wine and dine in order to cause you to have a conversation with in the serpent said it did not say you shall not eat from any tree of the garden. Please notice a missing word the serpent was more slithery than any other please the Lord God had made. The serpent said God sent not have the Lord God that missing word is all-purpose. The word God Elohim, God's power.
The word Lord deals with covenantal relationship with God. So the serpent is basically say let's talk about God, but let's leave that relationship. We can be religious, but not be relational. The creature that Satan used to bring consequences to even then adamant that the human race was a creature over who man and woman were to rule watchlist and the creature was good because the Bible says whatever God created in chapter 1 was good. The strategy is to use some good to create something bad. I want to install so look good but once it infiltrated with this purpose in this, that what was good even that included God became so strategy.
First of all, gives you the missing somebody would hold the red jumpsuit and a pitchfork. You look about a wrong creature. He's going to use something that is good to create something that is bad so that you can have consequences negative repercussions like an illusionist at a magic show. Some of these things these guys can do just spectacular. One of the main reasons that they are able to cause us to go wow is because they do something over here to get our attention while they are doing something else over there. In other words, they distract us from what they really about site and I could tell you upfront. I'm here to destroy your future. Having a particular hat is going to be crappy sneaky slithery. Some of you have gotten what I've recently gotten in my mail from a credit card company. Congratulations congratulations you have been awarded a $5000 increase on your credit limit. You are now could that would make you feel good little B-flat limits feel the dish you are a preferred cost maybe they maybe feel good about me. They tell me that they have a higher credit but all and all, though what's behind it is because our patrons quit. You know what is the panels minimum amount after year after decade after decade after decade that made you feel the debut of sense of know something started smelling so once you and so he uses something crafty and will make even God part of the conversation.
What's the second thing he does it in verse one to MD has God said you should not eat from any tree of the garden. He wants you to think God is holding out references all the trees she could eat from it wants to talk about one tree that you got a no no. You can make a sand wax because Colossians 2 says that the death of Christ defeated so he cannot force you to sin, since he can't force you to sin, he makes you want to because he can impose soon on you. He starts messing with you. And so the way that is deceiving the thought pattern so that we begin to think differently than we ought to. So it becomes our decision influenced by him not enforced by so the second one is God's tree from you. When God's whole point of restriction was to enhance freedom. The third strategy woman responds from the fruit of the trees of God. We may from the fruit of the tree. Verse three was in the middle of the garden God said, you shall not eat it or touch it, you going to die. He said to the woman, you surely will not die. There will be no consequences. So what is he getting at here what God said is not lap. I know God told you that don't buy strategy God's word cannot be trusted. You could believe that Bible you can't act on that Bible you keep. You can't trust that it was written 2000 years ago 4000 years ago.
If you going to the Old Testament, they don't know what you're dealing with. They didn't have wireless technology.
You can't buy that God's word cannot be trusted. The Bible says in Romans three verse four. Let God be true and every man alive let God be true and everybody who disagrees with him, even if they a good life Bible says in John sub April 24.
Satan is a liar and he is the father of lies. Well there's a couple of things that number one is a borderline notable alliance of your father you got children responds deception you not going to die.
This is not going to hurt you.
You're not going to get in trouble is not going to catch a disease for you not to live a lifetime and did not become emotionally unstable. You're not you're not you're not it's okay.
You gotta check out what was talking to you whether their child of the father of life. Don't worry, this is probably an unspoken audience today. You know, yeah, I can be that it really can be bad. Dr. Evans will come back in a moment to uncover more of the devil's tactics when he continues this message from his new series consequences.
Look at the cause and effect relationship between disobedience and death, and how to break that cycle by recognizing and rejecting the traps Satan puts in our way.
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Every man wants to make a difference to influence others to impact the world around him and Tony Evans has written a powerful and personable kingdom advising them on the way to follow what the company's previous best man with over 400,000 copies sold shows you how to take the next up on your journey to intentionally live as a man of influence right now. Get kingdom minimizing online at Tony Evans.although that your favorite Christian bookstore today. Together we rise one of the things most of us have learned on some level we play would send Vincent line. The plan would us you in charge of it. One moment and then it's in charge next moment, months, years, decades verse five for God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be open and you will be like God, knowing good from evil, says let me explain why God does not want you to eat from the street. God is selfish. God doesn't want anybody to be like him, but you because God is selfish and know if you this tree you will know as much as God knows be as smart as God is.
It wants to keep you from being like you to be people when you know you could be as equals. Of course that was taking home go to because he: Isaiah 14 God doesn't want you to be as equal to the big as equals. You don't want to get that drink you won't be because you know it all yourself. You will be like God but you will need God. You will be able to determine and discover good and evil, but you can leave God out of the equation of the discovery that is good and it will information but it will not enter into the world. Yet, other than the presence of Satan is no evil. So what is is there is an information-based knowledge that will discuss things you don't know anything about and you can get that without God, because you will become your own God because you will be like God you won't need God to discover your true as I tell you often, you would people want to be like you alternate the problem is they want their independence while still depending don't tell me what to do. Just feed me. Don't know what you Give me some clothes don't doubt it would take me where I need to go to the drug relationships want to be dependent but I still want your company see what we're doing is we're living in a world that was insisted on independence in God and said you got in the result the consequences. It was a separation which made the body an active discover the different kind of death is economic, and social depth environmental deformational depth and adapts well out of our city. It is morning dad in a certain category because we ate from the independence tree. I don't care how much education you have. What degrees you have what notoriety you have, what success you have money you have, where you live a carbon fiber clothes you wear.
You cannot be like a class by himself. You are to submit all categories to which you don't consequences, some so many dying with regret dying with Dick dying with relationships just die not knowing that the consequence for six his final move.
It says when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from his fruited aid and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. If it feels good do it when she saw that the tree was good for food, a tree was always good for food. This whites only but here's what he did. He let her see the tree through his eyes that looking at history difference than when she talked about earlier when she saw through the sheep. The peasantry in the middle of the living room in the house everyday when she saw the tree was good for food. Why does she look at the tree differently because not evil is been dropped from the conversation theme of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but now she's only seen the good part of the tree's deception works good part you'll see the outcome.
So he increases her physical appetite when she saw the tree was good for food, physical after on top of increasing her physical appetite, increases her emotional appetite. It was desirable.
It was desirable she was feeling metric for feeling the tree Katrina got to give chief to fill hatchery may increase her intellectual appetite intellectual appetite.
It can make one wise, I will really be smart the danger of so many of us, and we have a fairly educated constituency here is that you have allowed dual degrees to the word of God.
There is a way that seems right to a man. Proverbs 1412 says, but the mayor is death proverb says in Proverbs chapter 3 verses 13 to 18 it says you are to me from the tree of life which will give you wisdom because you know our biggest problem today. All of us on varying levels. Our biggest problem is a lack of dessert, ball is now the biggest problem we are not able to discern so we get impressed with the front stuff that looks impressive because we haven't discern the backstop. That's the end of the story to which we lack discernment and that is the one thing that spiritual people have according to Hebrews chapter 5 verses 11 to 14 spiritual people know how to discern said between good and evil. They are not faked out because it looks good upfront they are able to see good and evil laugh because they do not from the tree of independence from the tree of life which games with and so James one sums it up. We read these verses. Verses 13 to 16 let no one say when he is tempted, I've been tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself does not tempt anyone. Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived gives birth to sin and when sin is accomplished to bring forth what that many contracted physically. Something's going to die. They will be of illegitimate separation so Satan strategy can be boiled down to one word, deception because of the whole thing up as he deceives us and you know when a pick on anybody because everybody been tripped up at some level, but when you find where the trap is you don't keep walking.
So how do we avoid making those same mistakes over and over again.
Dr. Evans will have the answer when he comes back to wrap up our program just a moment first. So don't forget that if you'd like to review this lesson on your own or pass it along to someone you care about. You can get.
It is a part of Tony's current audio series consequences. As I mentioned earlier, it's available right now is our gift to you and appreciation for your donation to the urban alternative, along with a special bonus. Tony's popular booklet 30 days to overcoming emotional strongholds visit 2011 start org today to get all the details before time runs out. Again, that's Tony Evans.org or call 1-800-800-3222 our phone center is open 24 seven that's 1-800-800-3222, the deadliest most effective traps are the ones that look harmless. Dr. Evan says that's exactly the way sin works. Tomorrow will explain how to avoid becoming a victim. Right now though he's back with a final thought for today. So the question on the Flores do you want to avoid any future consequences and do you want to see as much mercy as God can give you is if you're tired of consequences. You qualify God's abundant grace. The alternative with Dr. Tony have brought to you by the urban alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you