S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:1–9 NLT
Sermon Insights: Notice Satan’s strategy: he didn’t demand or threaten…he planted a seed of doubt, a lie, in her mind: “God is holding out on you…God cannot be trusted…God isn’t really all that good.”
How do you think Satan sounded when he deceptively contradicted God—mocking? Derisive? Kind? When do you struggle to trust what God says? What’s the underlying doubt about God?
What breaks the “power of sin” – desire followed by willful disobedience followed by fearful hiding?
Who in your life has helped you experience confession, forgiveness, and restoration?
Lord, we’ve been sinning since the beginning. My personal choice to “do my own thing” resulted in pain I don’t want to experience again. Forgive my sins and disobedience. Restore a rock-solid, vibrant trust in you so that I can wisely repel the attacks of the Enemy.