Into the Garden…

Resist the Devil

Genesis 2-3. Good vs Evil

We often relish the creation story and teach it day by day so we might see the beauty and majesty of God at work. Moving on, we come to the second chapter, where we see the beauty of God’s creation of Eve and Adam’s response in poetic language. God allowed Moses, the writer, to share some thoughts as to how this relationship should operate. “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and unites with his wife, and they become one family.” [Gen 2:24]This is an argument to dispel the transgender movement underway in our nation and worldwide. Adam knew his place as the head of the home just as Paul understood: For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.” [2Cor 11:2]

And then abruptly, we are brought into the scene where the evil serpent enters and the new family is tested. Our ears hear Eve’s response, and we witness Adam’s silence. What are we to learn? 

Over and over we are taught; be holy as God is holy and resist the devil and he will flee from us. God wills that we obey Him yet neither followed those steps. How often we are disobedient to: be quick to listen, slow to speak,..” [James 1:19] Heed these words: Put mind in gear before opening mouth should be our self warning. 

Application: Seek the Lord while He may be found; surrender to the Holy Spirit. Resist the Devil!

As I read this, I am reminded that I have the Holy Spirit to be my teacher, and I should surrender myself to Him. 

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Therefore…..Not Condemned….Romans 7

rom 8 nothing separate2A TV series was aptly titled “As the World Turns” and so it is with those whose lives are bound up by the adversary the Devil. They live in hostility against a holy God whose “wrath…is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness,” [Rom 1]. But we who are in Christ Jesus are no longer under God’s condemnation! “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him” [Jn 3]

Beloved, we have received this sacrificial gift of redemption! Even when our adversary comes bringing a Scarlet Letter to hang about our neck to condemn us we have this truth: “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  We no longer need to be “afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” [Mt 10] Instead we can recite the words of Micah “I will wait for the God who delivers me..” And this why we can echo “If God is for us, who can be against us?….[we are] “convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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