I am so excited because I joined this small group through this church that I attend. I’m more excited because through this group I can feel God healing my heart and filling in the voids in my life. Because of some sudden, and quite drastic changes in friendships and certain environments around me, the last year and a half,or so I have been extremely guarded. I’ve also been a bit bitter if I can be honest, as it relates to people and relationships. For a while I was blind to it, but by God’s grace I can say confidently that I am on the tail end of it, and it feels awesome! I mean I love people, but it is very hard to love deeply with a bruised heart. Any who! I am so happy to be done with that and looking forward to the divine connections that God is placing in my life, starting with my new small group! Yay! I joined a group called “Freedom,” and it basically helps you to overcome your past, and find freedom through the truth a God and his GREAT love for us!
In the first group session we were talking about Adam and Eve. We also discussed the Tree of Life versus the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the book of Genesis. The two trees is what really sparked my interest, and had me asking God all types of questions. I was so intrigued because it shocked me at how the same way the story went down with God, Adam, Eve, and the serpent is the same way it happens to us today! Well I know for me it does. Let’s take a look.
Now this is what God told Adam, in Genesis 2:16-17, “But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Then after God made Eve from Adam’s rib in the last part of Genesis 2 that’s when the devil came in and played with Eve’s mind. The bible says in Genesis 3:1-4,“1The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”2“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3“It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”4“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5“God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” I know I’m giving y’all a lot of scripture right now, but I want to paint the whole picture. Notice the first thing the enemy does is get into Eve’s head by asking, “Did God really say you couldn’t eat from any tree?” That’s how the enemy tricks us into sin by starting in our mind. I heard Pastor Chris say one time, “The devil can’t make you do anything. He can only plant the thought. We CHOOSE whether or not we want to go through with it. God gave is free will.”
So of course in verse 2, Eve KNEW what God had told her and corrected the enemy. But of course the enemy responded with a lie, the only language he speaks, and said “you won’t die, God just knows that if you eat it, you’ll become like him.” Now some people say that Eve fell for this because she wanted to be powerful and BE God. I don’t think so. I believe that Eve had a genuine desire to be God-ly. Like many of us do. We all want to be good people, but the problem here is Eve fell for a sense of false power because she was already “like God” and so are we. The bible says in Genesis 5:1, “This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.” Could it be, that Eve had no idea of who she was in God? Could it be, that Eve had not fully accepted her worth in our Savior, which caused her to fall for the lies of the devil. Could it be, that WE have yet to understand how powerful we are in God, that we would be distracted by someone who has ABSOLUTELY NO POWER and NO SAY SO. Could it be, that we have forgotten our place? Eve should have stood up and step on that serpent’s head! But she didn’t know she could. The question is do we know? The bible says in Luke, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
So we know how the story goes, Eve took the bait, as we often do. The bible says it this way, “6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.”
There are two things I noticed here as well. It seems as though Eve was after wisdom. She wanted knowledge. Didn’t she know that God would have given it to her, If she asked? James 1:5 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” However, in my next blog post, I want to discuss the shame Adam and Eve felt after sinning, as we do. I don’t want to rush through that part because that is such a critical aspect of the story and of our lives. Maybe Adam and Eve didn’t understand, I mean they were the first man and woman created. They didn’t have a human example, but WE do! I don’t want us to fall for the alluring lies of the devil because we have all we need in more in Jesus. But how will we know this if we never open our bible, or commune with other/older believers. I want us to step on the enemy’s head! We have the power through Jesus! Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to keep going around and around in the same bed of lives. Jesus died for redemption of all! Next up…if God says the same, we’ll discuss the shame, how we react to it, and how Jesus wants us to react.
I love you,
A prayer for today
Lord God, we thank you for making us in your image. Lord we are masterpieces in your eyes, fearfully and wonderfully made. Great are you works oh God, how well we know them. Help us Lord, to start seeing ourselves through your eyes, your heart, and your word. Help us to identify our triggers that cause us to slip up God and help us to become better people and never go down those same paths again. Help us to remain vigilant, for no one knows the day or time of your return. Prepare us, and help us to be ready! Help us to not be mislead, the enemy is not our friend. He hates us and loves sin. But you God, love us, and hate the things in our lives that separates us from your grace and your presence. Help us to stand bold God, and even when we mess up, help us to never feel shame or guilt. Help us to receive what your son Jesus did for us on calvary, so one day we’ll meet again. Thank you for Jesus and his sacrifice. Help our lives to be pleasing in your sight. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen!