How to avoid temptation – Genesis 3:1

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There are many lessons to learn from this verse as it tells how the fall of man began and how to avoid temptation. God warned Cain in Genesis to guard His heart and not allow sin to get in, however Cain disobeyed God and let his guard down. This shows the personality of sin and how to avoid it with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The first lesson we can learn from the passage is the steps we go through before we sin.

Genesis 3:6 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. 7 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.


The Woman saw:

The first stage is seeing. Matthew 5:29 “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you… Your eyes show you what is available to your reach. The eye is an entrance of thought and ideas which can be difficult to control. The woman saw that the food was good. Be careful where you find yourself, staying in nightclubs, late-night parties and walking with the wrong crowd can really influence your decision as you can get enticed by what you see. One way to avoid temptation is to limit what you see by avoiding bad company (movies, songs, parties ).

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Everyone is attracted to what is good and pleasing to the eye. We are attracted to our favorite food or delicacies especially when we are hungry. Sin promises us instant gratification whiles blinding us from its consequences. For example, people are tempted to steal from people when they begin to think about how that money or item can do for them, forgetting about the consequences of being caught or causing pain to the victims.


Everyone is attracted to what is good and pleasing to the eye. We are attracted to our favorite food or delicacies especially when we are hungry. Sin promises us instant gratification whiles blinding us from its consequences. For example, people are tempted to steal from people when they begin to think about how that money or item can do for them, forgetting about the consequences of being caught or causing pain to the victims.


Desire:


Proverbs 23:7 KJV for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Our desires are fueled by our inner needs. James 1:14 But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them. Anytime we are tempted by the devil, he presents us with our inner thoughts. The standard of success in today’s generation is defined by the materials things acquired in life, this influences us and blinds us from the promises and blessings of God.

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Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden…… God gave Adam and Eve and gave them what they needed to survive, Satan, on the other hand, deceived man by what he could get. Mostly the things we desire are not what really need, but it is just to give some self-accomplishment.

Action:


The final stage to help you avoid temptation is action and is greatly depends on the individual. God has given us a lovely gift that makes us the unique-The will of Man. Man has the ability to decide on what he or she wants to do. Freedom comes with responsibilities, let us not forget that. Adam and Eve had a choice to reject or accept Satan’s offer, however, they had already built the desire to sin. Sin is not complete until action is taken both in the physical and the subconscious mind.

The Devil is all ready to destroy us and keep us from the presence of God through sin so we have to guard our heart and mind to help us avoid temptation. Pray to God to help you daily in your walk with Him through the Holy Spirit. Diligently guard what your eyes see, what your ears here and where you go and God will continue to protect and be with you.

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.
~Proverbs 4:23-27