Freedom | Tempted To Do It Your Way

Freedom | Tempted To Do It Your Way
Lee Reams



The Lure of Knowledge and Power |




To much of a good thing

Sin versus growth


The Lust of the Flesh

The Lust of the Eyes

Pride of Life


Submit, Confess, Resist, and Change


EPHESIANS 2:1-8 NLT 1 “When you Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. 7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

ANDERSON | “Because Adam sinned, every person is born into this world physically alive and spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). Since from birth we had neither the presence of God nor the knowledge of His ways, we learned to live our lives independent of God. Rather than having our needs met through a living relationship with our loving heavenly Father, we sought to meet our own needs. We developed patterns of thought and habits of behavior which centered our interests on ourselves. When we were born again we became spiritually alive, but our self-centered flesh patterns and mental strongholds remained opposed to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Consequently we are still tempted to look to the world, the flesh, and the devil to meet our basic needs and carnal desires instead of looking to Christ, who promises to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19). Every temptation is an enticement to live independently of God. The power of temptation is directly related to the strength of the mental strongholds and the carnal desires which were developed when we learned to live independently of God.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 136). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


ANDERSON | “Most of us won’t often be tempted to commit obvious sins such as armed robbery, murder, or rape. Satan is too clever and subtle for that. He knows that we will recognize the flagrant wrong in such temptations and refuse to act on them. Instead, his tactic is to entice us to push something good beyond the boundary of the will of God until it becomes sin. He treats us like the proverbial frog in the pot of water: gradually turning up the heat of temptation, hoping we don’t notice that we are approaching the boundary of God’s will and jump out before something good becomes sin.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 137). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

self-care becomes selfishness

self-respect becomes conceit

communication becomes gossip

cautiousness becomes unbelief

positiveness becomes insensitivity

anger becomes rage and bad temper

Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 137-138). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

SIN VERSUS GROWTH | 1 John 2:12-14

JOHN 2:12-14 NLT 12 I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. 13 I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. 14  I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one.

ANDERSON | “First John 2:12-14 describes three levels of Christian growth in relation to sin.

The first level is compared to “little children” (verse 12). Little children in the faith are characterized by having their sins forgiven and possessing a knowledge of God. In other words, they are in the family of God and have overcome the penalty of sin, but they are not yet mature in Christ.

The second level is “young men” (verses 13,14), so characterized because they have overcome the evil one. These are maturing believers who are strong because the Word of God abides in them. They know the truth and have overcome the power of sin. They have overcome the evil one by winning the battle for their minds. They are no longer in bondage to uncontrollable habits, and they have resolved the personal and spiritual conflicts which keep many Christians from experiencing freedom in Christ. They are experiencing their freedom in Christ and they know how to stay free.

The third level is “fathers” (verses 13,14), those who have developed a deep personal knowledge of God and a deep personal relationship with their heavenly Father. Having challenged us to combat sin’s power in our lives through a commitment to growth, John goes on to describe the avenues through which Satan tempts us.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 138-139). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


1 JOHN 2:15-17 NLT 1 15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

ANDERSON | “The three channels of temptation are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The lust of the flesh preys on our physical appetites and their gratification in this world. The lust of the eyes appeals to self-interest and tests the Word of God. The pride of life relates to self-promotion and self-exaltation. Satan confronted both the first Adam and the last Adam through each of these three channels of temptation. The first Adam failed miserably, and we still suffer the results of his failure. But the last Adam—Jesus Christ—met Satan’s threefold temptation head-on and succeeded triumphantly. In Him we have the resources and the power to conquer every temptation which Satan throws at us (see Figure 9a). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 139). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition. 


(animal appetites, cravings, passions) “She saw that the tree was good for food”

GENESIS 3:6 NASB 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

tob: to be pleasing or good

Original Word: טוֹב

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: tob

Phonetic Spelling: (tobe)

Short Definition: well

Esther 1:19 NASB 19 If it pleases the king, let a royal edict be issued by him and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media so that it cannot be repealed, that Vashti may no longer come into the presence of King Ahasuerus, and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she.

HEB: עַל־ הַמֶּ֣לֶךְ ט֗וֹב יֵצֵ֤א דְבַר־

NAS: If it pleases the king, let a royal

KJV: If it please the king, let there go

INT: and the king pleases be issued edict

I. טוֺב verb pleasing, good (Late Hebrew id., Hiph`il; also derivatives; Arabic  , medial  , be pleasant, delightful, delicious, sweetor savoury in taste or odour, be pure and clean, cheerful, gleeful (Lane); Aramaic  ,  , טְאֵבטַבטַיֵּב and especially derivatives glad, joyful; Assyrian ‰âbube good, kind, acceptablejoyfulvigorous DlHWB 299) — Brown-Driver-Briggs

ANDERSON | “Satan first appealed to the lust of the flesh in Eve. He planted a doubt in her mind about the fruit of the tree when he said: “Has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’? ” (Genesis 3:1). Eve answered, “God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it’” (verse 3). Notice that Eve added on to God’s Word when she said “or touch it.” But Satan had piqued her appetite for the forbidden fruit, and she “saw that the tree was good for food” (verse 6). Yielding to the lust of the flesh led to Adam and Eve’s downfall. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 141). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


Jeremiah 29:11 NLT 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


John 15:5 NLT 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.


(selfishness, self-interest) “and that it was a delight to the eyes”

GENESIS 3:6 NASB 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

PSALM 112:10 NASB 10 The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire (TAAVAH) of the wicked will perish.

taavah: a desire

Original Word: תַּאֲוָה

Part of Speech: Noun Feminine

Transliteration: taavah

Phonetic Spelling: (tah-av-aw’)

Short Definition: desire

תַּאֲוָה noun feminine desire — absolute Genesis 3:6 +; construct תַּאֲוַת Psalm 10:3 + etc.; — desire, wish Proverbs 13:12,19Proverbs 18:1; of physical appetite, longing for dainty food מַאֲכַל ׳ת Job 33:20; distinctly good sense Psalm 10:17Psalm 38:10Proverbs 11:23Proverbs 19:22 (? compare below) Isaiah 26:8 (נָֿ֑פֶשׁ׳לְשִׁמְךָ וּלְזִכְרְךָ ת); bad sense, lust, appetite, covetousness Psalm 10:3 (׳תנַפְשׁוֺPsalm 112:10Proverbs 21:25,26 (as accusative of cognate meaning); particularly of longing for dainties of Egypt Numbers 11:4Psalm 106:14 (both accusative of cognate meaning) Psalm 78:30 Brown-Driver-Briggs

ANDERSON | “The second channel of temptation through which Satan came to Adam and Eve related to his lie concerning the consequences of disobeying God. God had said that death would accompany disobedience, but Satan said, “You surely shall not die!” (Genesis 3:4). He was appealing to Eve’s sense of self-preservation by falsely assuring her that God was wrong on the issue of sin’s consequences. “Don’t listen to Him; do what’s right in your own eyes,” he urged. The forbidden fruit was a delight to her eyes (verse 6), so she and Adam ignored God’s command in order to do what appeared to serve their own best interests.

The lust of the eyes subtly draws us away from the Word of God and eats away at our confidence in God. We see what the world has to offer and desire it above our relationship with God. We begin to place more credence in our own perspective of life than in God’s commands and promises. Fueled by the lust for what we see, we grab for all we can get, believing that we need it and trying to justify the idea that God wants us to have it. Wrongly assuming that God will withhold nothing good from us, we lustfully pursue materialistic prosperity.

Instead of trusting God, we adopt a “prove it to me” attitude. That was the essence of Satan’s second temptation of Jesus: “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down [from the pinnacle of the temple]; for it is written, ‘He will give His angels charge concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, lest You strike your foot against a stone’” (Matthew 4:6). But Jesus wasn’t about to play Satan’s “show me” game. He replied, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test’” (verse 7). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 142-143). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


Matthew 16:24-26 NLT 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?


John 15:7 NLT 7 “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!


(self-promotion, self-exaltation) “and that the tree was desirable to make one wise”

GENESIS 3:6 NASB 6 When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

1 Samuel 18:30 NASB 30 Then the commanders of the Philistines went out to battle, and it happened as often as they went out, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul. So his name was highly esteemed.

sakal: to be prudent

Transliteration: sakal

Short Definition: wise

ANDERSON | “The third channel of temptation is at the heart of the New Age movement: the temptation to direct our own destiny, to rule our own world, to be our own god. Satan tantalized Eve concerning the forbidden fruit: “The day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Satan’s offer was an exaggerated appeal to our God-instilled propensity to rule. “Don’t be satisfied ruling under God, when you have the potential to be like God.” When Eve was convinced that “the tree was desirable to make one wise” (verse 6), she and Adam ate. Satan’s promise that the couple would become like God was a lie. When Adam and Eve yielded to his temptation, they lost their life and their position with God.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 143-144). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.


1 Peter 5:5-11 NLT 5 In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. 10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.


John 15:8-10 NLT 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.


ANDERSON | “First Corinthians 10:13 says: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” Where is the way of escape? In the same place temptation is introduced: in your mind. Every temptation is first a thought introduced to your mind by your own carnality or the tempter himself. If you ruminate on that thought and consider it an option, you will eventually act on it, and that’s sin. Instead Paul instructs us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). The first step for escaping temptation is to apprehend every thought before it steps through the doorway of your mind.

Once you have halted a penetrating thought, the next step is to evaluate it on the basis of Paul’s eightfold criterion for what we should think about: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Ask yourself, “Does this thought line up with God’s truth? Is it suggesting that I do something honorable? Right? Pure? If this thought becomes action, will the outcome be lovely and contribute to excellence in my life? Will other believers approve of my actions? Is it something for which I can praise God?” If the answer to any of those questions is no, dismiss that thought immediately by choosing the truth. If it keeps coming back, keep saying no. When you learn to respond to tempting thoughts by stopping them at the door of your mind, evaluating them on the basis of God’s Word, and dismissing those which fail the test, you have found the way of escape that God’s Word promises.

In contrast, if a thought enters your mind and it passes the Philippians 4:8 test of truth, honor, righteousness, and so on, “let your mind dwell on these things” (verse 8) and “practice these things” (verse 9). “And the God of peace shall be with you” (verse 9), which is an infinitely better result than the pain and turmoil that follow when we yield to tempting thoughts and become involved in sinful behavior. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 148-149). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

ANDERSON | “People who are caught in the sin-confess-sin-confess-sin-confess cycle eventually begin to lose hope that they can experience any real victory over sin. Sheer willpower can’t keep them from repeating the sin they just confessed, and Satan pours on the condemnation. Self-control seems like an illusion, and the Christian life is one of unending ups and downs.

God will enable us to overcome this sin cycle of defeat. “My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). We also have an adversary who will accuse us of every wrong we have done. We must turn to our righteous Advocate and resist our perverted adversary if we are to experience victory and freedom over temptation and sin. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Submitting to God involves more than confession. It requires genuine repentance which means a change of mind and way of life.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 149-150). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.



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