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WINNING GAME PLAN

The tragedy of 911 could have been avoided. All terrorist  attacks of the  past and future could be avoided. The plan is simple 1) know who the enemy is clearly and identify him 2) know his methods and plans. 3) take the required action to stop his planned attacks. The problem for our country is we can’t identify who the individual enemies are and we don’t always know their plans, methods.

As individuals  we daily face the same problem, how to know our enemy and to know his methods and plans. But we have the advantage if we read and heed the short history that God has given to us in the Bible in Genesis 3:1-7. We will learn who the real enemy is, his methods and plans. This is how we can stop his attacks.

Here is Satan’s game plan to defeat man and gain the victory: 1) Create doubt on what God said, on God’s motive, and on God’s character  2) Create desire for what God has forbidden.  A very simple but a very effective plan create doubt and create desire. 

In the account in Genesis chapter three, Satan and Eve in their discourse  do the same thing. They change the Word of God.  Satan changes just one word in his question to Eve, “—hath God said. Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden”? In his subtle attack on the word for word statement of what God said he makes only a slight change just one word “the tree” to “every tree”. He cast a little doubt on the character of God. “Eve look around at all of the beautiful and desirable fruit that’s available, but you can’t have any of it.” It’s just a little change in the words but results in an outright lie.  I think at this point Eve gets in a little rush with her answer. “Oh no little serpent you can’t fool me I know what God said.”  Here she makes two mistakes. She tells in general what God had said but she doesn’t use God’s Word. She was not exact  in the forbidden fruit not to be eaten, but refers only to the tree in the midst of the Garden.    She describes the penalty for eating the tree in weak language, it’s now not definite death but only is a possibility of death.   She changes the actual word from one that is definite “shalt surely die” to that which is only a possibility “lest ye die”. The use of the word shall leaves no wiggle room and no other options. Then she adds what may be a good practice don’t touch it, but it’s not what God said.   

Once we depart from what God actually said or in our case today what word in English matches the original Hebrew, Arabic and Greek word used. We then fall in the same problem that Eve had what someone said God said in lieu of what God actually said.  The So that the Word of God is not set aside, that’s  why we need to rely on the word for word translations. That’s how we can have God’s Word in our hand. Translations that are based on the thought or paraphrase of what God said is only a man’s opinion and not what God said. (They do have their useful place in our studying when used properly.)

Let’s look at Satan’s game plan. His strategy is to deceive man and win the game.  First create doubt; He starts with a question, hath God said? Then states the question as to what God said but changes the word “the tree” to “every tree”, just a small change but all important in its’ implication. Second; Create desire; His plan to convince man that true pleasure, enjoyment, happiness and satisfaction lies just the other side of God’s prohibitions. The truth is that God put up prohibitions like fences and guard rails in life to protect us from injury, dangers or even death.

 Satan attacks God’s character and motives of why the prohibition of eating of this one tree.  Satan says God is keeping good things from you, you can’t trust Him.  Look at what you are missing; your eyes will be open, you shall be as God, you will know good and evil. Sadly Eve falls for Satan’s deceptive lie. As one old New England preacher has said “Beware of Bible commentators who are unwilling to take God’s words just as they stand. The first commentator of that sort was the devil in the Garden of Eden.”

God protection for us is in His warnings against sin, by setting up prohibitions such as:

Exodus 20:14  “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” This command focuses on the physical act.   Matthew  5:28 “But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”  Jesus extended it to the thought life, the heart. The reason we need to exercise extreme care in what we allow with TV and the internet, etc “I will set no wicked thing before my eyes……….” Psalm 101:3. Satan needs only a tiny crack in the door of our minds to enter and plant the seed of destruction. Then the damage occurs to ourselves, our families and others. The results of seeking pleasure and satisfaction just beyond the line of God’s protective fence.

Greed—Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s  wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s.”

Gossip—“He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that  flattereth  with his lips.” Proverbs 20:19

Pride— “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

Drink—“It is not for kings, O Lemuel it is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes strong drink. Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgement of any of the afflicted”. Proverbs 31:4-5

  Here He sets the protective line not to be crossed and gives the consequences that can occur.

Knowing that we would be defeated, God in love provided for everyone a way out of defeat.

1 John 2:2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

2 Peter 3:9 The lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness but is longsuffering to ward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

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