Archive | September 2014

Genesis 3

Good Morning y’all. Today we in chapter 3 of Genesis. This is where the 1st sin took place and where man lost the one 2 one fellowship with God.

I pray we will be blessed today and the Holy spirit will convict us of those areas of our lives we still need to work on. Amen.

Here we go πŸ™‚

The 1st mistake the woman made was she entertained the serpent/devil. She reasoned with him. Allowed him talk her out of what she knew to be true.

The best way to beat the devil at his game is to resist him at the onset. From the moment we notice him rearing his ugly head, we rebuke him and flee. Don’t try reasoning with the devil, it just won’t work. Don’t forget the devil also knows the bible. When Jesus was tempted, the devil was using the scriptures, but we know he was twisting it around to justify why Jesus should give in to the temptation. Thank God Jesus knew better and beat the devil at his game! James 4:7 tells us to humble ourselves before God, resist the devil and he will flee from us. Let’s make humbling and resisting a priority in our lives today.

If we entertain the devil, we are bound to fall into his trap. He will paint the picture so well, help us justify why what we are about to do is not a sin even though in our heart, we can hear that still small voice saying don’t do it. This is what happened to the woman. She fell for the serpents trap. V6 says she was convinced… The woman has been in that garden countless times, she has probably walked around the forbidden tree so many times but not once did the thought to eat of it cross her mind till the day she entertained and reasoned with the serpent. He planted a seed in her mind. All of a sudden this same tree she used to see day in day out became a thing of interest.

Let’s see what the scripture says in v6 after her discussion with the serpent.

1) She beheld that the tree was beautiful – The next time she saw the tree, It looked so beautiful to her cos she probably was thinking of how the devil explained the whole tree situation to her. And she probably was rationalising everything in her mind.

2) She saw it’s fruit looked delicious! – For the love of God there were so many other trees with fruit in the garden but all of a sudden it was the forbidden one that looked delicious. Chapter 2 verse 9a says there were all sorts of trees in the garden that produced delicious fruits. Devil is smart. He knew all he had to do was sow a seed in her mind and the deed is done.

3) She wanted the wisdom it was gonna give her – Oh my! Did God mention anything about the tree giving wisdom? Can you see how the devil twisted things.

Let me bring this home for us. The devil ain’t gonna come in some tall scary looking creature with horns and come talk to us….nah! he’s too smart for that. He knows we will recognise him immediately. So what does he do? He uses things around us in a subtle manner so much that, if we are not careful and alert, we will fall into his trap without realising it. The biggest game he plays is the mind game. Have you ever wondered why when someone tells you something about another person. The next time you see the person, what you’ve been told about them is what comes to mind. It shapes how you view them. That’s how powerful our thoughts are!!! Proverbs 4:23 tell us to “Carefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.” (CEVUS06 version).
We need to be careful the thoughts we allow take root in our hearts. The thoughts will come, devil will make suggestions but we have to be ready to combat his lies with the truth of God’s word.

Lets be real with ourselves. The devil doesn’t have any good intentions for us. He is a liar and the master deceiver. The greatest and baddest con artist ever. He is all out to steal kill and destroy. Devil never gives you anything for free!

Now what amazed me in this chapter was that her husband was with her. I ask myself why didn’t he stop her from eating the fruit. In chapter 2 he was the one God gave the command. Now in chapter 3 his help meet was about to break God’s command and our Man just stood their and watched and even ate of it when she offered. Was it that her beauty was too mesmerising that he couldn’t refuse her or does love make you do silly things? I can’t get my head round this bit. Anyone that can shed a bit more light on v6, I will greatly appreciate. πŸ™‚

Instantly their eyes were opened and they became ashamed. The aftermath of sin is not pleasurable!. They hid from God. Sin will separate you from God.

They died spiritually that day. They lost  the one to one fellowship they had with God. Was it worth it? Im sure if we ask Adam and Eve today, they will tell us it wasnt worth it. The price for sin is never worth the momentary pleasure the sin brings.

If you are going to indulge sin then be bold enough to take responsibility for your actions! God knew they had sin but he wanted them to report themselves to him. He came looking for them as usual and lo and behold they weren’t at the usual spot. So God asked where they were. The man’s response was yeah we hid cos we naked and God’s like hold up how do you know you were naked, have you eaten what I told you not to eat. Now my brother Adam refused to take responsibility and blamed it on his helpmeet. Can you imagine? Did she force him to eat it. He willingly ate the fruit plus he was there when she was about to eat the fruit anyway. God was probably like fair enough let’s ask the woman what happened. And she also didn’t take responsibility for her actions rather she blamed on the serpent.
We all have choices. You can choose to obey or not. God won’t force you, he will try as much as he can because He is a loving father to steer you in the right direction. But at the end of the day the choice is yours. Choose wisely!

There is always repercussions for sin. For some it might not be instant others it’s instant. For Adam and Eve theirs was instant. They were punished and banished from the garden and they became ashamed.

Oh but im glad the story didn’t end like this. God sent Jesus to reconcile us back to him. So there is hope for us today :). Praise God!

I will leave us with this quote I found. “Sin will take you where you didn’t plan to go. It will keep you longer than you planned to stay. And it will cost you more than you intended to pay” – James L Nicodem.

Thanks for joining today and pray you’ve been blessed. Feel free to like and leave comments.

Have a blessed day πŸ™‚

***With God all things are possible***

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Genesis 2

Good morning y’all. Today we continue in our study of Genesis. We are in chapter 2.

Holy Spirit we ask you open our eyes to see, our ears to hear and our hearts to perceive the truth in the word today. Without you we can’t understand what we are reading so we ask for your help. In Jesus Name. Amen.

This chapter further breaks down the summary of creation we saw in chapter 1. Tells how man and woman were created and we also have our 1st romance story i think πŸ™‚ in this chapter.

Here we go πŸ™‚

God rested on the 7th day. This tells me we too need to rest every now and then. We need to get refreshed so that we don’t burn out. Jesus was a good example of this. Every time after he spent his day with the crowd, scripture says he always retreated to a quiet place to pray and spend time with his father to get re-energized for the next assignment.

God made provision for the man. V15 says God put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work for it. God already knows our needs. If he could provide for Adam without him asking I’m sure God can meet our need as well. Lets trust and believe He will meet us at our point of need.

God gives the 1st instruction to man in v 16-17. He was told he can eat any fruit except one – fruit from the tree which gives knowledge of good and evil. Gods instructions are not for his own benefit rather they are for ours. He knows what we can handle so when he asks us not to do something it’s because he is a loving father who wants what’s best for his children.

Again we see God in V18 looking out for the man. Adam didn’t tell God he needed a mate but God knew he would be lonely as there was none of his species around to relate to. Even when we are not aware, God is always looking out for us…looking for ways to meet our needs and show us how much he loves us.

V19 Says whatever Adam called each living thing, that became it’s name. What are you calling the situations in your life. The power of life and death is in your tongue, use it wisely.

God created woman to be a help meet for the man. I like the story of how this came to being. This is pure boy meets girl fall in love instantly kind of story we find in these verses (V19 -23). Pls indulge me to tell the story my own style πŸ™‚
So man went to sleep one day and he woke up and right in front of him was this specie he had never seen before. Now don’t forget that before man went to sleep he had been busy naming every living thing, so he had seen every specie possible at least that’s what he thot. Then he took a rest for the day. Woke up and lo and behold this magnificent heavenly looking, fine from head to toe specie was before him. I’m sure man thot he was dreaming.  Probably he pinched himself a couple of times to just make sure it was reality…lol. Anyways when man finally realised oh boy this real, he was so flabawhelmed and overghasted that he exclaimed Wo! Man!. And till today that specie is known as Woman (Oh I’m glad he exclaimed woman and not something else…no telling what we would be called..lol). He claimed her as his own, recognised her instantly knowing she was taken out of him a part of his flesh and bones. And they lived happily ever after. πŸ™‚

As women our job is to help our men, encourage them to be all that God has called them to be, to be their loudest cheerleader and their number 1 fan. We are not to be tearing them down or making them feel incompetent. That’s so against the original purpose why we were created.

They were naked but not ashamed that’s because there was no sin. Sin is what brings the guilt and shame. Thanks to Jesus we are no longer ashamed. His blood has washed away our sins and we can bodly come before the father now without feeling ashamed or condemned.

Thanks for joining today and pray you have been blessed.  Feel free to share your thoughts on the chapter.

We continue in chapter 3 tomorrow.

Have a blessed day and Remember we are no longer ashamed thanks to Jesus πŸ™‚

***With God all things are possible***