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    like little kids. I think we have a right to make some decisions around here! If we all phone in sick - what can he do about it? He won't fire us, I promise you!"

    "I can picture it already," added another dreamily. "Peacefully sleeping in, a nice day with the family, going out for a leisurely dinner in the evening - it sounds good to me!"

    Can you identify the same four steps of temptation being used by Satan to entice Mark and his co-workers to sinfully rebel?

When Satan tempts people in this manner and they sin, they must blame themselves as well as Satan. Their own hearts agree with the temptation. The following story illustrates this truth.

    "I can't help it; others told me to," Sam stated, trying to defend himself.

    "I'm sorry, but that doesn't matter," his teacher replied. "You agreed to do it. Do you think a judge would excuse you from guilt after robbing a gas station if you told him that others told you to do it?"

Satan wanted Adam to sin for he was man's covenant head the one whom God had appointed as the representative of all mankind. Why then did Satan approach Eve instead of Adam? Satan knew that Adam would be less suspicious and more easily persuaded if his temptation was presented by a trusted friend. Does Satan still use this same technique today?

This type of slanderous twisting of another's words or evil judgmg of his motives is devilish. Why?


What types of division and damage has this type of evil reporting and exaggeration caused between persons, families, churches, and countries?


 

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

- James 1:14-15

 

How does Satan's use of the influence of others emphasize the truth that whom we have as friends is very important?


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