Last year our Junior High camp theme was “Unshackled” from Hebrews 12:1-2, focusing on how Jesus breaks us free from the bondage to sin. I taught the girls about why we are shackled in the first place, in a four part series titled “Beguiled to Believing”, taking them from the garden to the cross. That material isn’t just for teenagers, but for all of us, so I’m going to be sharing it here in four parts.
Turn to Genesis Chapter 3. Read verses 1-6. There are two main characters in this portion of scripture and I want to talk about one of them today and the other one tomorrow. One was beguiling and one was being beguiled. Before we get into our character for today, let’s talk about what it means to be beguiled.
Beguiled = To be deceived, tricked, seduced, and led astray. Some synonyms are bewitched, charmed, allured, captivated and enchanted.
Another meaning for beguiled is to be hoodwinked. How many of you have seen the movie “Hoodwinked”? It’s hilarious, I totally love it! It’s a spoof on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The big bad wolf tries to beguile her by pretending to be her Grandma. Well, In Genesis chapter three, Satan appears to Eve not in the form of a wolf but in the form of a talking serpent, which is creepier to me than a talking wolf, because I hate snakes. So let’s look at the first character that starts off this chapter, the serpent, who I have nicknamed “The Creep”.
The Creep– The bible says that the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. This means that he:
- Is Cunning and Crafty– He gets what he wants in a deceptive and clever way. He’s very deceitful and sly.
- Creeps-He’s stealthy and sneaky. He slithers into our lives and attempts to draw us away from God into sin and shame. It can be with an app, a website, tv show or movie that has things you know you shouldn’t be looking at. In your curiosity you just want to look one time and then before you know it you want to look all the time and you’re addicted to pornography. He can creep in through your friends tempting you to just try a cigarette, a drug, a drink, because it’s so cool, and then before you know it, all you can think about is how you can get more cigarettes, or drugs, or alcohol. Trust me ladies, I’ve been there. Addiction starts with one seemingly small compromise at a time.
- Creates doubt and discontentment-Satan steals our confidence and contentment! Read verses 1-6 again. He questions God’s word, his goodness, and his character. He makes Eve doubt God and become discontent with the provision He gave her. But he doesn’t come right out and say that, he implies it. He does that with us too. He uses this world system of media and marketing to get us to doubt what we have read in our bibles or learned at church.
- Communicates lies-When he told Eve that she would not surely die, that was a blatant lie. It was in direct contradiction to what God had told Adam in Genesis 2:16-17. God said– “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Yet Satan says “ye shall not surely die”. All lies come straight from the Devil himself. In John 8:44 Jesus tells us that Satan is a murderer, that there is no truth in him and that he is the father of lies. All lies originate from Satan and all false doctrine- all wrong teaching comes from Satan. Atheism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Islam, and every single religion that does not believe and teach that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world comes from Satan himself. The devil is a liar and he is out to:
- Corrupt minds-Just like he did with Eve, the devil will trick you into thinking that God’s ways are too restrictive. He’ll corrupt your mind with thoughts of rebellion. Turn to 1John 2:15-16. It says “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Satan tempts us through his world system to do, to have, and to be.
Satan is in the business of making sin look delicious, delightful, and desirable. He puts into our minds the idea that God’s laws are unreasonable, unfair, and certainly uncool.
He corrupts our minds into doubting God’s goodness and love for us. You have to have a sober mind that filters everything through what is true according to God’s word. You have to cast down imaginations(2Cor.10:3-6) and think on things that are true(Phil.4:8).
2Corinthians 4:4 says that he blinds the minds of unbelievers so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ can’t shine unto them. So if you’re not saved today, part of the reason for that is because Satan has blinded your mind. That should disturb you.
For thirty years of my life I was blind. I had been to church a handful of times over the course of my life and I’m sure I had heard about who Jesus was and what he had done for me, but I don’t remember it. I don’t remember anything about church because my mind was blinded. I was more interested in chasing boys than chasing Jesus. My mind was corrupted by sin. But when I bowed my knee to Jesus Christ as Lord of my life, my mind was changed about sin. I didn’t want it anymore. Where I once was blind to the things of God and living a selfish life of sin, now I could see the truth and wanted to live a surrendered life for Christ.
What Satan had corrupted, Christ transformed.
Not only is Satan cunning and crafty, he creeps, creates doubt and discontentment, communicates lies and corrupts minds, he also:
- Causes division– Satan wants to keep the lost from getting saved and the saved from producing fruit. So, he creeps into our lives and deceives us into thinking God is not good and entices us to fulfill the lusts of our flesh and break fellowship with God. When we’re out of fellowship with God, we’re not sharing the gospel, we’re not focused on advancing the kingdom of God, on going to church or bringing friends with us. When we break fellowship with God we’re just not interested in spiritual things. Now if you’re truly born-again you can’t lose your salvation, but you can lose that close and intimate relationship you once enjoyed with Jesus by entertaining sin in your life. Sin always separates us from God, and that’s exactly the way that Satan wants it. If you’re not born-again, you don’t have a relationship with God and Satan wants to keep it that way. He’ll do everything he can to keep you away from the truth.
Conclusion: I think that’s enough talk about that Creep for today. I hope that you all understand the adversary a little better now, and that your eyes are opened to how he operates and what his agenda is.
Stay tuned for part 2, where we’ll talk about Eve and what happens when you don’t choose wisely. In the meantime, examine your heart and life. Be honest with yourself and with God. If you’re being beguiled, you need to turn to the Lord and repent of any sin you’re entangled in. Believe that the Lord has something so much better for you.
~2Corinthians 11:3~ But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
- Do you compromise on what you know to be right just so you can look cool to other people?
- How much time do you spend in the word of God in comparison to your time looking at your phone on social media apps, texting with friends or watching Netflix etc.?
- Do you think God has the biggest influence over your decision making in life right now?
- Can you identify any area of your life where you have been beguiled by The Creep?