“Therefore, to the one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

In our last release, we took an uncomfortable look at how Satan, the enemy of God and our souls, has well worn templates for temptation that were formed in the Garden of Eden against Adam and Eve and are used with devastating effectiveness in our lives today.

We saw how Eve succumbed to temptation by allowing herself to be deceived (Genesis 3:13, I Timothy 2:14).  She listened to the words of Satan (in the form of a serpent), considered his words, and then put a higher value on them than finding complete satisfaction in the God who created her.  We called that giving into temptation in “Eve mode”.

When you and I are swayed through the “Eve mode” template, it’s because we’re allowing ourselves to be deceived into thinking that when it comes to the situation before us, God isn’t enough.

Adam’s fall into sin came about differently than Eve’s, and it’s crucial for us to observe and understand how that came about. Another temptation template was out for testing by Satan, and it unfortunately worked just as well to derail the man as the other did to derail the woman.

Please note that Adam was present during the life-changing conversation between the serpent and Eve. In Genesis 3:6 we’re told “… she took from [the “off limits” tree] its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her and he ate.”

It’s disturbing to realize Satan didn’t have to say anything to Adam for him to sin against God.

Uh oh. We’re starting to run out of “legitimate” excuses for our sins…

Satan knew Adam would have an inherent conflict between loving God and another person. He understood it was possible for this good thing – Adam’s love for his wife –  to tip the scales towards Adam choosing to sin if that conflict wasn’t properly resolved within the man’s mind and heart.

What did Adam do to intervene while standing there with Eve, listening to the dialogue occurring between her and the serpent?  Nothing!

Adam didn’t have to stand quietly as his wife was being deceived.  He could have exercised other options, such as:

Reminding Eve of the love, power, and perfection of God and asking her to walk with him away from the temptation.

Encouraging Eve to leave the serpent behind with a commitment for them, as a couple, to talk the whole thing over with God that evening.

He might have influenced Eve to keep away from the “off limits” tree. To his credit, however, Adam may have tried this; there’s no record. But we do know he was with her in dangerous proximity to the “off limits” tree.

Adam could have interrupted the serpent and invited Eve to join him for a swim with the dolphins. (Sorry, I just think that would have been a lot of fun!)

First, Adam failed to intervene (James 4:17). After Eve capitulated to sin, Satan likely gloated as he watched the conflict of love and loyalty play out as Adam then decided – in and of himself – that God wasn’t enough for him. Adam didn’t walk away from Eve, who was now tempting him: she was holding out the forbidden fruit for him to take and eat.

Adam wanted God and Eve. He decided he’d rather compromise God’s command than be separated from the woman, who he understandably loved.

While Eve succumbed to temptation by allowing herself to be deceived, Adam succumbed to temptation through compromise (Genesis 3:12). He knew the act he was considering was wrong, but chose to do it anyway. I call this giving into temptation in “Adam mode”.

When you and I are tempted, we’re either tempted like Eve because we’re allowing ourselves to be deceived into thinking that maybe something that is wrong isn’t wrong, or we’re tempted like Adam to decide that we’re just going to commit the sin because we want to, even though we know it’s wrong.

Satan puts the “Adam mode” template into service by presenting us with opportunities to think along the lines of: My need is more important than being obedient to God and His Word.

Never forget that Satan wanted Adam to fall. When he went after Eve, he did it in such a way as to drag Adam down with her.  He used one to get to the other.  And he’ll use this successful template in our lives, as well.

Whether or not it’s related to relationships with others, indulging in the things of the world, or anything else, we may find ourselves thinking:

Doing this isn’t right, but it will be worth it.

I can keep quiet and things will probably work out.

I know this is wrong, but God will forgive me.

I know what the Bible says, but it’s just too hard to be obedient on this one.

This kind of “Adam mode” reasoning is still rooted in the horrific, bottom line we found in “Eve mode”:  We determine that when it comes to the situation before us, God isn’t enough.

I’m asking you to take time out to identify and list any deliberate “Adam mode” temptations you’ve been caving in to.  Yes, write them down! It’s imperative that we face up to them. After compiling your list, confess any deliberate acts of sin you’ve identified and ask God to help you avoid committing willful sin again (Psalm 19:13).

There’s even more from the Genesis chapter 3 account we should consider. What immediately transpired after Adam and Eve’s sin?  They busied themselves trying to deal with the consequences of it in the wrong way. We do that, too. We try to “fix” the problem we created instead of confessing the sin and seeking out God for the remedy.

Next, they immediately played the “victim” card when called into account by God:

Eve said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Adam said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”

Once sin entered into their personal experience, Adam and Eve immediately became masters in the art of sinning.  We’re no different!  As stated in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is nothing new in the earth”. Like those who came before us and those coming after us, we’re deceived, we willingly sin, and then we often start throwing the blame at others. Yes, Satan has the power to pressure us, tempt us, and – if we aren’t on high alert – deceive us.  But we are the ones who carry out each act of sin.

Any time you’re thinking of blaming someone else for your temptations – especially God – consider James 1:13-17.  We’re told to not even go there:

Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then, when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Humans having problems with sin is nothing new.  But what are some of the good things that come down to us from the Father of lights that James refers to? What are some of the perfect gifts we can receive from the Perfect One who never changes?

Here are just a few truths we can joyfully embrace and put to work each and every time we find ourselves tempted:

  • Through God’s power and grace, we can lessen the temptations coming at us from Satan. James 4:7 states “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” This is amazing!
  • God doesn’t leave us without the option, ever, of refusing to commit sin. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (I Corinthians 10:13). I’ve escaped temptation many times by remembering this Bible verse.  God has provided a way out for us, every time! We just need to ask God to show us the way of escape and choose to take it; every time.
  • When we do fall into sin, we don’t have to stay on that track. I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Rather than making us comfortable with sinning, this truth should galvanize us towards grateful humility and a passion for purity.

The list of good and perfect gifts from God on this subject cannot fit into one blog, praise His name! So plan ahead for our next release and see what we at ETL call “The Holy Hallelujah!” Once you’ve read and absorbed the reality of what God has already done to assure us victory over sin, you may start shouting “Hallelujah!”

(Even if you’re the quiet type)

 You are so loved!

June

June

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4 Comments

  • From a parent: says:

    What timely encouragement! We are working through these types of situations with our daughter, trying to help her see the underlying reasons for her sins. This post helps explain it in a way she will be able to understand. Thank you

  • David says:

    Thank you June for these meaningful posts and encouragements.
    I completely agree with 1 John 1.9 and 1 Corinthians 10.13!
    Blessings to you all!

  • Penny says:

    I love your insight, Miss June! I never really thought about the 2 different ways that Eve and then Adam fell into sin. I just knew they messed up Big Time. Who of us would ever think that they would’ve needed anything else in life considering how perfect their life was before this very crafty temptation from Satan? I’m looking forward to your next blog!

  • Beryl says:

    Convicting blog June…do I really live as if God is enough?

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