Made for a Different World | Genesis 3:1-7

We live in a broken world with an enemy, Satan, who lies to us about God and His goodness. Satan’s tactics in Genesis 3 are the same ones he uses today. He wants us to question God’s instruction, understate sin’s consequences, be intrigued by sin’s offering, and be trapped in shame. The way to quit falling for Satan’s lies is to be filled with God’s truth.

John ElmoreNov 13, 2022
Genesis 3:1-7

In This Series (15)
Made to Work | Genesis 3:17-19
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 4, 2022
Made to Gospel Our Relationships | Genesis 3:12-13
John ElmoreNov 27, 2022
Made for a World Without Shame | Genesis 3:7-11
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 20, 2022
Made for a Different World | Genesis 3:1-7
John ElmoreNov 13, 2022
Made for Relationships: Marriage | Genesis 2:18-25
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 6, 2022
Made for Relationship | Genesis 2:18-20
John ElmoreOct 30, 2022
Made to Rest | Genesis 2:1-3
John ElmoreOct 23, 2022
Made to Flourish | Genesis 2:4-25
Blake HolmesOct 16, 2022
God’s Heart for The Nations | Revelation 7:9-17
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 9, 2022
Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 2, 2022
Great Questions Q&A Panel + MADE: to Teach | Genesis 1-3, 2 Timothy 2:24-26
John Elmore, Cassidy Webber, Brett Bruster, Steven Ateek, Alan BeamSep 25, 2022
How to Hear From God | Genesis 1:1-31
Timothy "TA" AteekSep 18, 2022
The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Genesis 1:1-5
John ElmoreSep 11, 2022
To Know God is to Worship God | Genesis 1:3-25
John ElmoreAug 28, 2022
Is Your God Too Small? | Genesis 1:1-2
Timothy "TA" AteekAug 21, 2022

Summary

Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and from the beginning, he has used those lies to tempt people to sin. We can quit falling for Satan’s lies by standing on God’s truths. Genesis 3:1-7 shows us the four things that Satan tries to get us to do:

  • Question God’s instruction (Genesis 3:1-3). You have to know the truth of God’s Word in order to spot Satan’s lies. Satan can't steal salvation, so he's content to wreck generations. He offers to give you what you want, because your life is what he wants, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
    • God wants obedience unto holiness; Satan wants your obedience unto destruction.
    • God wants you to live by His Spirit; Satan wants you to live by your flesh.
    • God wants you to be saved; Satan wants you to be depraved.
    • God wants worship through Spirit and truth; Satan wants your worship through sin and idols.
  • Understate sin’s consequences (Genesis 3:4-5). Satan wants you to believe that you are missing out by following God’s instructions. He lies in order to convince you that God is not trying to keep you free (Galatians 5:1); He is keeping you from fun. We, like Eve, want to “be like God” and decide for ourselves what we should do and what is right or wrong. But the truth is that there is no benefit to sin (Romans 6:21).
  • Intrigued by sin’s offering (Genesis 3:6). Sin seems good in the moment; it appeals to our desires (1 John 2:16). We sin when those desires beat out our devotion to God. We can combat the desires of the flesh by filling up on the Spirit before walking out into the world, and by being content with the good things God has given us (1 Timothy 6:6).
  • Trapped in sin and shame (Genesis 3:7). Satan is the accuser (Revelation 12:10), and he wants us to be trapped in a cycle of sinning and then feeling shame for what we have done. The way to combat sin and shame is to bring it into the light by confessing to God and to another believer, trusting that Jesus’s blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7-9).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • How are you tempted to question God’s instructions or doubt His goodness?
  • What are the dark thoughts you have? How can you bring those thoughts into the light in order to combat them with truth?
  • What is something that God—through His Word or the conviction of the Holy Spirit—has said “No” to that you still want to pursue? How might pursuing those things eventually lead to death?
  • What are some things you can do to daily be filled with God’s truth and flush out Satan’s lies?
  • Additional Scripture: Isaiah 14:13-14; Ezekiel 28:13-17; Revelation 12:9; John 8:44; Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7; Leviticus 17:7; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Genesis 4:8; Zechariah 3:1-2; Jude 1:9; 1 Timothy 2:14
  • Resource: re:generation recovery