As we have been going through Genesis 3 and considering sin, it ought to be clear to us all that the subtlety of sin is not exclusive to Genesis 3. It is seen all over Scripture.
I am reminded of one text in particular. In 1 Peter 2:11, Peter writes, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul.” There is a quiet, inner war that is being waged on a daily, moment-by-moment basis. It is the battle between the passions of the flesh and your soul. The subtlety of sin is seen in the fact that it is happening inside of you and, sometimes, or even, most times, you don’t acknowledge it or ignore it. We must be vigilant and understand that sin has a way of lying in wait for you in order to pounce on you when you may not expect it, although it had been warring within you for hours or days or weeks or months or years.
Be on the alert, Christian! The battle rages and we must, in complete dependence upon the Lord, fight on! Yes and amen! But…how? Peter tells us to “abstain from passions of the flesh”. By the way, these aren’t merely sexual lusts. It includes all fleshly desires including those Paul mentions in Galatians 5:19. We must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and abstain from those things that will only feed the flesh and open us up to the lies of the enemy that get us to question the goodness of God. Abstain, Christian! Abstain! Immerse yourself in the Word of God that thoughts of His Son would captivate your mind and preach to your soul.