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Two Trees Of Importance In The Garden
There were two trees of importance in the Garden of Eden, The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life, two trees with one simple set of instruction.
If a stranger with kind eyes and a welcoming presence invited you into their world would you go? If this stranger offered you peace and love and abundant joys that were unending and all needs would be eternally met, would you follow?
If one offered a dream come true, the new car or phone, any temptation or piece of something that you longed for or were curious to explore, would you be torn, and after some reservation takes hold of the offer, knowing it may not be the right choice?
Once you have it, are your desires, completely fulfilled or do you eventually succumb to the routine of having the luxury and start to desire or want more never to be satisfied?
Was this not the choice in the garden, to live free and in the beauty of His perfect paradise always having the tree of life eternal with one exception, to not take from the Tree of Knowledge? It was by this choice, that everything changed, for God gave them all their needs with one instruction. He also created man, and woman from man, with one particular attribute for which He would not intervene, this was free will. The ability to make a choice. Once the choice was made consequential action followed and so it continues to this day. We are born self-willed and it is only by the Grace of God, that we are ever able to resist the inclination to evil. As in all things, we have a choice. We can choose Christ and this is an option for all, thereby living with His grace and forgiveness. The road chosen is not without trial and or obstacle, however, it is a road paved with promises leading to our eternal home.
How often do we continue to repeat the mistakes of the garden and pick the forbidden fruit? We make a commitment to living a life for Him and yet we continue to struggle in the vehement battle of spiritual warfare. I will be good if I just can get this or do that, or I will start not doing that, as soon as I do it one more time, and then I will…. Forever change.
We can say, “ the devil made me do it.” It is so much easier to blame others, even Satan than to accept our sinful nature that was inherited. The truth is, by His death, we are set free and by faith in His promises, we receive a new nature through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This new life is in quest of the living tree, however, we do not magically change, rather Baptism is a recognition that we are sinful and always in need of forgiveness. We will continue to sin after baptism as well as live in temptation, yet we are made mindful of such sin and matured through this process, which will take a lifetime and so, we pray, “ forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
If tempted, with the desires of our heart and earthly wants, being met beyond measure, do we choose Him? Given, great trial or confusion we often stumble, and this leads to a time of grace and ultimately growth, for His glory, how we hold up is dependent on our attention to the maturity of our walk with Him. Temptation causes one to doubt the goodness of God, as in the garden we can be tripped up by stumbling blocks or trial, allowing a vulnerable state, if not focused on the purpose of a life lived well for the fulfillment of God's design. The evil sway of idols remains. When shaken without a purpose driven faith, one may doubt the goodness of God, and stray down the forbidden path
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
One must focus on Jesus and not distractions of self or others. Looking at self is not the answer, in fact, in some ways introspection when in the wrong context of self is the consequence of the forbidden fruit. To look at oneself and judge by one's own knowledge of good and evil leads to a prideful appreciation of righteous performance or perhaps it leads to the guilt of not being able to meet the “job description” of being a Christian.
God wants neither of these outcomes, He made us for Him and he wants for us to die to self and trust in the cross and live by faith in trusting relationship with Him.
Getting our focus on Jesus, keeping an attitude of faith and not on anything or anyone else is the only choice. Once this choice is made one begins a renewed process of growth in His word. God our Father, then chooses His ways of revealing the Holy Spirit through many methods. Trusting that whatever Christ brings to you is a means of living for Him as he reveals Himself to you as an individual child of His. When in His grasp, He is seen in all trials and joys.
Keeping our focus on Him is the fruit of the living tree. We are blessed to have methods of learning and sharing His word through anointed preaching and study of the Word and worship, but let us not forget to seek Him first in all people and methods of presentation. To perform, as a Christian is senseless, to surrender is keeping the focus on Him always. To stumble or slip is human, to claw your way back through denial of self is to repent and go humbly before Him as his child and ask His forgiveness. He will always say, “NOT GUILTY”, His love is unconditional. Seek Him in all things and forgive unconditionally over and over, as He forgives you. We are all His and by the grace of His sacrifice, we can partake of the true living tree.
Overcome by Desperation Band
Over come no worries
You, yes you, need not worry, for He already overcame sin for you. He died for you, He loves you and created you in His image. By His grace, He gave His Son, in the form of man, to walk amongst His people and teach them. He then suffered, died and was buried, then after three days He rose again. He did this as He paid for the sins of us all, that by His cross, we were set free, saved by His grace to live eternally with Him in heaven. If you believe in His body and blood shed for you, repent of sin, and live then, in His likeness, you shall not perish. It is a choice that needs to be continually made for Christ, and once made you are to disciple to those who have not heard the Good News. Hence, no worries, He is the overcomer and our Redeemer lives.
What does it mean to disciple? Imagine if you had a puppy and you it was lost. You would ache in your heart and want to find him. You would put up signs and go out telling the world he is lost until he is found. People would see the sign and know what to look for and they would bring the puppy back to its owner once found. God wants to find all of those lost to Him, those hiding, those slipping, those on the edge of the choices of good versus evil. You can be that sign, for the lost, by sharing Christ and loving them and bringing them back home to their Father and protector. We are His sheep and He uses the light of His Spirit living within His followers to gather the flock and return them to the herd. He is the Shepherd, and He wants to lose not even one.
If we are so busy being righteous, wanting, egotistical, selfish followers, we risk dimming the light, making it less bright limits those in need from seeing it. I know I enjoy a lighted walkway, it makes it much easier to find. He overcame for us, the least we can do it keep adding fuel to His fire so all can see and be drawn to a life of worship.
Unlit paths make it hard to stay on course
A lighted path is followed
What type of fuel, are you supplying?
Are you adding fuel to the fire...
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