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Archive for September, 2012

Genesis 3: 4-7

16 Sep

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.  She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. (NKJV)

There are many stories in the Bible about young women who must rise above their situations.  Eve’s life was perfect.  There was nothing that she desired because she was mother to it all.  She walked in the garden with God and shared in His every creation.  How often do we think that if our lives were only perfect, we would be perfect?  Yet, the Bible shows us that sin abounds everywhere and tempts us to do things that take away our peace and joy.

The serpent told Eve that the tree was good; yet, God did not say it wasn’t good, only that they were not to eat of it.  After the serpent tempted her, did she look at the fruit and the tree differently?   “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food”.   The tree hadn’t changed, only the way Eve NOW saw it.

Was it the good-looking fruit or a human desire for something she was not to do…temptation?  The first challenge of our free will.  God had given them instruction, but Eve had a choice to make and God allowed her the free will to choose.  Eve chose to  ‘try’ the fruit.  The serpent never told her to eat, he only questioned her belief in God’s word.  He created in Eve doubt about God’s authority.  Sound familiar?

They tasted the fruit and it was good.  They didn’t die, so was the serpent right, God was trying to hide something from them?  Why would he do that?  They even looked different…and now they knew something they had not known, they knew shame!  Evil won and I imagine the serpent smiled!

Are there decisions you regret?  Did you let others influence those decisions?

What might have been different if you had chosen differently?

Do you accept the responsibility of your decisions?  Do you justify the poor ones?

Make it a point to ‘talk to God’ BEFORE you make decisions…ask for guidance, knowledge and approval.

 

From “I Kissed a Frog and He Changed…Me!”  to be released soon.

 

 

02 Sep

JAMES 1: 12-16

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.  

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  

Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.

 

Sometimes, the verses in the Bible do not need to be explained.  They just need to be absorbed and practiced.

What do these verses say to you?

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Hugs and Blessings!    Thelma