Every Man Is Drawn Away of His Own Lust
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
James 1:13 (KJV)
Yesterday, we studied Genesis 3:6-7 about Adam and Eve’s rebellion against Almighty God in the Garden of Eden. Today, I wanted to do a similar study, but from the New Testament.
We saw in verse 6 of Genesis 3 that Eve saw that the fruit “was pleasant to the eyes.” However, a couple verses before that, in verse number 2, she proclaimed the Word of the God to the devil. What happened? She was drawn away of her own lust. The tree looked pleasant and it was good for food. She did not realize the spiritual consequences that would follow when she ate of the tree.
Oftentimes, we as born-again Christians, who have the indwelling Spirit of God, still don’t recognize the consequences of our sin until its too late. Eve was first tempted, as James 1:13 says, she was drawn away of her own lust, and finally, she was enticed.
Let’s read Genesis 3:6b again: “… and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.“
Eve was enticed by the idea of being wise (so she thought) because the devil had told her in verse 2 that “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” This is what ultimately led to Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden.
The devil still uses the same pattern today. It is one thing to be tempted, but it is another thing to be drawn away, and enticed. May we be valiant against sin by putting on the whole armour of God. May we resist the wiles and devices of the Enemy by standing on the Word of Truth. May we look to God, knowing that He will see us through temptation, so long as we trust in Him.