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  • Slanderously - In a lying manner, attempting to injure the reputation of another

  • Motive - Deepest purpose, will, cause, and desire

  • Enticed - Attracted; allured; excited desire for

  • These four methods of temptation used by Satan can also be named: deception, perversion, pride, and lust. How would you link these four terms with the four described temptation methods?


  • Techniques - Methods of performance; ways used to accomplish a goal

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    Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    - Ephesians 6:11

    Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    - II Corinthians 2:11

     

    2. Satan slanderously questioned God's nature and motive. He lied and told Eve, "Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know thai in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and yt shall be as gods" (Genesis 3:4-5).

    3. Satan enticed man with the proud thought of being his own god. "And ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:5b). In other words, "You can decide for yourself what is right and wrong; you can determine that which you want to do - you do not need to listen to others, not even God. Be your own god. Decide for yourself." This is rebellion against the one, true God.

    4. Satan made sin appear pleasurable and attractive. "Anc when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that was pleasant to the eye, and a tree to be desired to make one wise she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto he husband with her; and he did eat" (Genesis 3:6).

    How does the following story illustrate the truth that Satan stil uses the same techniques today when approaching, tempting, and stirring up people to sin and rebel?

      "Mark, you go ask the boss," Mark's co-workers urge him.

      Upon entering the office of his employer, Mark asks him, "Sir, would it be possible for us to have the Monday and Tuesday off before Christmas Day? This would give us a nice break from Saturday through Wednesday."

      After pausing in deep reflection and studying his calendar, his employer replies, "Mark, I would love to say yes, but this year I can't. You know that we promised the ABC Company to ship their large order by the end of the year. Looking at the calendar, I'm afraid that we're going to have to use every hour to make it by January 1. I'd love to look at your request again next year, though!"

      "What did he say?" the other employees ask eagerly, crowding around Mark upon his return.

      "He said, 'Nope! We have to work good and hard right through January 1'," Mark angrily reported.

      "I knew it," said another. "He wants to rake in more profits from us yet before the year ends. That's why he won't even consider giving us a day off!"

      "Maybe we should just take an extra day or two off anyway," suggested a third. "I'm tired of his treating us


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