Anatomy Of A Temptation



“God said, ?You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.?? But the serpent said to the woman, ?You will not surely die. (GE 3.3-4)

Tactic 1: Question God’s word. You won’t die. Nothing’s going to happen to you. Lots of people do this and it never hurt any of them.

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.? (5)

Tactic 2: Question God’s character and wisdom. God is holding out on you. He’s denying you this good thing to frustrate you.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. (6)

Tactic 3: Present the pleasurable aspects to the imagination. Just look at it – doesn’t it look good to eat? Isn’t it delightful to look at? Just get the customer into the car to smell the new car smell, and grab the steering wheel. Engage the imagination – wouldn’t this be fun to drive?


Tactic 1: Don’t reason with the thoughts. Say, “God’s word is true and says this is sin. I believe it. There will be consequences if I disobey God’s word.”

Tactic 2: Trust God’s character. God has a good reason for denying me this. He’s good and wise.

Tactic 3: Quit looking at it. Pray then flee as fast as you can.

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.