The following passage was chosen for it best illustrates how we can be manipulated even though we are Christians.
Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.
And 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 to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.
Eve had no intention of going against GOD'S command. Satan knew the power of words, and how to use them.
"The operator often describes a process; and in order for the subject listening to understand what you're saying they have to go through the process in their mind, and end up convincing themselves."
This has been also called the power of suggestion
This is precisely what Eve did, she convinced herself that it was okay to eat the fruit.
"Language patterns are entirely interactive, and require both party's participation."
"Language patterns work for many reasons, a primary one being that they bring about an emotional state and then suggest an action to accompany the emotion.
The truth is that someone can be talked - - Into bed, into a business partnership, or sold a product or service just with words."
Language patterns are merely the outer game of mind control and persuasion.
The advertisement agencies are the masters of stimulating the emotions for we (almost) never act without first having the emotions stimulated by either speech or visual prompting.
Of course the smell of a hamburger cooking can jog memories of how nice it would to have one be if you were hungry.
There are occasions when the touch can also stir the emotions.
You have heard the word charisma. Satan is the most charismatic creature in this world. His thoughts have the most attraction of any you will ever encounter.
Eve had never known such emotional stimulation and she like a lamb was led to the slaughter and she died spiritually.
When Satan tempts you he knows exactly where he wants you to end up. He untiringly replays the Eve scenario with each temptation or a variation of it.
Most times it is a series of temptations each one leading you a little farther toward his desired goal.
Samson is a perfect example of this. He lost his strength by degrees, check it out in the 16 chapter of Judges.
Let me just say this; you will not arrive where Satan wants you in one giant step but will take many small steps before you have satisfied him.
1Peter 5:8-9 Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and devour.
Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith.
You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have.