Copr. 1999, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references
(GENESIS 3; 1 PETER 5; JAMES 4; ROMANS 16; REVELATION 12)
Introduction: We have discussed how sin entered heaven, we
have discussed how sin entered this world and we have
discussed how sin affected our relationship with God. This
week we will take a novel look at what our fall into sin
means for our dealings with the Devil and daily living.
Let's explore what the Bible says!
I. DEALING WITH THE DEVIL
A. How should we relate to Satan?
1. Should we fear and avoid him?
2. Should we not fear, but fight him?
3. Should we try not to be attracted to him?
4. Or is there another, better, answer?
B. How do you think Satan views us?
1. Does he hate us?
2. Is he indifferent to us, but uses us to get to
3. Does he like us and think of us as potential
4. Or is there another, better, answer?
C. Let's look at three texts that discuss our
relationship with Satan. Read Genesis 3:1-5.
1. What would be your advice to Eve when she
first laid eyes on the serpent?
a. Should she have gotten into a discussion?
b. What about getting near the tree?
c. Should she have been alerted by the fact
the serpent contradicted God (v.4)?
2. What was Satan's attitude towards Eve?
a. What do you think his attitude was after
she ate the fruit?
D. Let's read the ultimate results of this story.
Read Genesis 3:15. Is God speaking literally, or
1. If you say "literally," what "offspring" does
2. Does this just mean that we won't like snakes,
that they will bite us down low and we will
stomp on their heads when we see them?
3. If you say "figuratively," explain to me:
a. What is meant by striking the "heel"
versus "crushing the head?"
b. What is meant by enmity with the serpent
and his offspring?
c. We say, "love the sinner and hate the
sin." If you said that "offspring"
figuratively means the followers of
Satan, then are we not expected to have
enmity against "those people?"
(1) How do you reconcile Luke 6:35
("love your enemies" or Romans 5:8
("while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us") with the idea
of enmity against the offspring?
4. Does this text at least mean that we should
not like Satan?
E. Let's look next at 1 Peter 5:6-10. What kind of
relationship does this text suggest between us and
1. It looks like things have escalated a bit. We
went in Genesis 3:15 from the Devil biting us
in the foot to now he is trying to eat us!
a. Is this really the same idea? Or is the
devil getting more dangerous? (The two
texts can be reconciled. A heel injury is
very painful and debilitating for getting
around but it is not life-threatening.
Peter seems to say that Satan can "eat"
us here, but, even this is temporary in
view of eternal life.)
b. Let's just stop a minute here and
consider these analogies. Satan has now
been compared to a dangerous snake and a
man-eating lion. If these two were near
you, what would you do?
c. How does Peter suggest we handle the
situation when he says that we should
"resist" the devil? Does that mean we
should not run away?
(1) How would you resist?
d. Compare James 4:7 which also speaks of
running away. What does James suggest we
should do? (If a dangerous snake or man-
eating lion were around I would run. But
Peter and James give the distinct
impression that we should expect the
devil to run.)
(1) How does James suggest that we
should resist the devil? (The
"resisting" that Peter and James
speak of does not seem to be some
sort of attack on Satan. Instead,
it seems to be a turning to God
("standing firm in the faith" - 1
Peter 5:9; "submit ... to God" -
e. Compare what Paul says about this in
Romans 16:19-20. Whose feet are going to
(1) What kind of people are these who
are going to do the "crushing?"
(Those who not only obey, but are
wise about good and innocent about
(2) What do you think it means to be
"innocent" towards evil? (Avoiding
f. If we were not supposed to avoid Satan,
why would the Bible call him scary things
like a lion or snake?
F. Let's look at another text about Satan's attitude
towards us. Read Revelation 12:12&17. How does
Satan view us? (The enemy. He is furious with
G. After reviewing these texts, now how would you
answer the first questions I put to you:
1. How should we related to Satan?
2. How do you think Satan views us?
II. HOW SHOULD WE LIVE?
A. As you know, I don't think studying the Bible is
much good unless we apply it to our life.
1. Do you think you generally know if something
(book, television, magazine) comes from Satan
and his offspring or Jesus and His offspring?
a. How should you treat those things that
come from Satan and his offspring? (We
should resist them by not letting them
into our minds. We should resist them by
turning to God.)
b. Can you think of something today that you
are pretty sure comes from Satan or his
offspring that you are not resisting?
(1) If you fail to resist will you be
B. We know Satan is dangerous, we know we should
resist by turning to God and turning away from
Satan, but is this something that comes naturally,
like avoiding a dangerous lion or snake?
1. Read Genesis 5:1-3. Why is Cain not mentioned?
(Matthew Henry suggests that only the good
children are mentioned.)
a. What important difference do you see
between Adam and Seth in these verses?
(Adam was created in the likeness of God,
but Seth was born in the likeness of
(1) Does this make difference? If so,
what? (It shows that even the "good
children" have a sin problem that is
inherited and affects how they
2. Read Romans 7:14-19. How does Paul describe
his problem with his inherited sinful nature?
a. What does Paul have going for him in this
struggle? (He wants to do what is right!)
b. If you welcome Satan into your mind, what
is the impact on this struggle that Paul
describes? (Our lesson (Tuesday) has a
wonderful quote about the importance of
motives: "There is only a short step
between desire and action. The only
missing ingredient is opportunity with
immunity. In this sense, Jesus calls us
to a most radical kind of obedience that
reaches into our very hearts.")
3. How would you approach your "heart problem?"
What is the first step you should take to
ensure that your motives are the best they can
be in light of your innate sinful tendencies?
(Paul continues with the answer. Read Romans
7:24 - 8:6. Paul gives us two steps. First, we
accept by faith Jesus' "sin offering."
Second, we let our mind be controlled by the
Holy Spirit who will set our minds "on what
the Spirit desires.")
4. Read Matthew 16:24-25. In light of what we
have discussed so far, what does Jesus mean
for us to do when He says we must "deny self"
and "take up His cross and follow" Him? (Every
day we have a choice. We can choose to expose
our minds to sin or we can choose to expose
our minds to God's word and live in the
Spirit. This is not automatic, we still have
5. Friend, will you commit, every morning, your
mind to God?
III. NEXT WEEK: THE RESTORATION OF HUMAN NATURE