Sin. No one likes to talk about it, no one really likes to deal with it. However, if we are honest- we all know we have it. No one is perfect – we live in a fallen world. However, we often see the way that God protects us as a harsh and cruel. Today, we are going to look at…
In Genesis chapter three, we see that Satan comes and tempts Eve. Most scholars would say that Adam was probably less than 5 feet away from Eve when the temptation was happening- placing just as much blame on him as on her. It is also said that God gave the command about the tree prior to Eve’s creation- and so, we can assume that either Adam explained to Eve, or that she heard it from God himself at another time. Nevertheless, she knew the rule. The rule of love that God has placed for them.
Often, when sin comes slithering in our door, and our hearts, it isn’t decorated in a harsh and hurtful way. No, sin usually looks inviting. And, just as we see in the garden, it often is caused by doubt. We question if God really has the best for us- or we feel like we could do it better on our own. Or, it doesn’t look “so bad” – it can’t hurt “that much”. But sin always has an effect – and they can be eternal. Satan was quick to ask questions about what God had said. He does the same in our hearts. He wants to cause us to doubt.
Second, Satan wants us to believe God’s Word is a lie. We live in a world that PUSHES this at us. No one wants to believe the Bible. They say it can be harsh and offensive. It is legalistic. However, we have to remember, just like the rule in the garden- that God’s Word is a sword- protecting us from harm.
The last thing Satan did was take Eve’s eyes off of God and place them on herself. He told her that she could be like God. Be better than what God created her to be -that God had not done enough. When we begin to take our eyes off of Christ and place them on ourselves, we are playing a game we won’t win. Only when our eyes are on Christ can we overcome temptation. We are not overcomers- Christ is. See, what Satan didn’t remind them of- was that they were ALREADY like God. In Genesis 1:26-28 – look what God says about them…
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 ESV)
Girlfriend, we were created in God’s image. God had already given them DOMINION over EVERYTHING. There was nothing being withheld- but one tree. One tree that made them choose to worship Him – to obey Him out of love or to rebel because they wanted something they already had. Discontentment for something that didn’t even exist. God had given her everything the Satan was trying to tempt her with – as long as she walked in obedience.
So, Eve ate. Below, I share about what this did for the relationship between God and Man.
So, sin enters the world through taking our eyes off of Christ. Then, just like with Adam and Eve- we try to cover it up. We too use dead fig leaves to try to cover our shame- yet only the living blood of Jesus Christ can do that for us. Death and sin can not cover up death and sin – yet, if I am honest, that is what I try to do.
So what about you sweet sister. Are you distorting God’s Word in your life? Exaggerating it? Misinterpreting it to meet your needs and desires? Denying it’s very authority?
What areas of life are you trying to take forcefully from God – when it is something He has already given to you? Oh, how that hit me HARD this week. I think of my life and I know I am guilty of this – over and over again.
Are you sewing fig leaves, trying hard to cover the sin and mistakes you have done- only to fine them breaking in your hands?
This is hard stuff – yet, I felt so compelled to share. I was so convicted – and I thought maybe, just maybe, someone else could use this wisdom that God shared with me this week -more times than once.
Sister, don’t take your eyes off of Christ. Let’s lock arms, with our eyes on Christ – and worship Him with our lives.
Worshiping With My Life,