In verse 6, Eve saw the deceptive “advantages:” “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.”
That’s what happens to us. Instead of focusing on all the good things God provides, we focus on that which God knows is bad for us. For me, feeling angry seems to offer a sense of being in control–a deceptive “advantage”. Or, for some, an affair seems irresistible even though our spouse is attractive. Or alcohol screams at us to indulge when sobriety is the greater advantage.
If you’re struggling with lust, what are the advantages of staying pure? If you’re struggling with workaholism, what are the advantages of paying attention to your family? Write them down and refer to them often. I’m more motivated to quickly deal with my anger because then I have less stress, better relationships and I’m pleasing God.