Probably some of the most useful teachings needed in the Body of Christ are those that help us to live right with God and those that help us to understand and overcome the schemes of the evil one, Satan. I find great comfort in realising that God has set strict limits upon what the devil can and can't do in peoples everyday lives, and that He has provided His children with a way of escape from temptation, and a pathway to victory in Jesus Christ.
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
Temptation's Entrance Into The World
Eve's Temptation in the Garden of Eden
In the first book in the Old Testament, God made sure that we had a detailed and clear description of the tactics Satan used to deceive Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
(Genesis 3:6) So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (Lust of the Flesh), that it was pleasant to the eyes (Lust of the Eyes), and a tree desirable to make one wise (Pride of Life), she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Jesus Temptation in the Wilderness
1,000's of years later, in the first book in the New Testament we see Satan deploying the very same tactics to try to ensnare Jesus!
(Matthew 4:1-11) Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” (Lust of the Flesh) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. (Pride of Life) For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (Lust of the Eyes) And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him
*Here we see Satan had to use the very same temptations against Jesus as he did against Eve in the Garden of Eden. Why?
Because God has restricted Satan's influence to those things that are common, ordinary and familiar to man. God has not allowed Satan to use secret weapons that we could not possibly understand or defend against successfully.
(1 Corinthians 10:13) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it