Eve and the snake:
Satan tempted Eve with a question and so arouse the woman’s thought. By answering she exercised her mind in disobedience to the spirit. Satan’s main objective was to stir up Eve’s exceptional mental capabilities. Satan provoked her soulical thought and then next to seized her will, and she fell into sin. Satan always uses physical need as first target for attack. Satan reach out first to the body, than the soul and than to the spirit.
Firstly: The tree was good for food. (the lust of the flesh)
Secondly: it was a delight for the eyes. (the lust of the eyes)
The body and the soul was now on the move.
Thirdly: the tree would make one wise: this is the pride of life. Eve’s soul was now out of control. Eve’s main downfall was the surge for wisdom and knowledge. (As the fall of man was due to the surge of knowledge, God uses the “foolishness” of the cross to destroy the wisdom of wise.) Intellect was the main cause of the fall. That’s why in order to be saved one must believe in the folly of the Word of the cross rather than to depend on one’s own intellect.
1 Pet. 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
1 Cor 3:18 – 20
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”
The prominent parts of man’s soul are man’s mind, will and emotion.
Will is the organ of decision, and master of man. Mind is the organ of thought and emotion is that of affection. When we carefully look at the words of Adam and Eve during the fall we see that Eve was deceived. Adam was not deceived, his mind was clear and he sin deliberately, because he loved Eve more than himself. Eve was his idol.
Satan get Eve to sin by taking control of her mind and get Adam to sin through his emotion.
The work of Satan is always from the outside to the inside. God always starts on the inside, by man’s spirit, than lighten his mind (emotion) to exercise his will over his body. Actually it is easy for man to distinguish what is coming from God and what is coming from Satan.
If Satan seizes man’s will, he is in control over that man.