Two Trees of Importance in the Garden
Two Trees One Instruction
The Garden of Eden had two trees of importance. The Tree of Knowledge, showing good and evil, and the Tree of Life, two trees with a straightforward set of instruction.
Imagine a stranger with kind eyes and a welcoming presence invited you into the world, would you go? Then this stranger offered you peace, love, and abundance when you needed it, would you follow?
When someone entices with a dream come true, the new car, phone, or any temptation, curiosity peaks, after some reservation would you accept the offer, knowing it’s not the correct choice?
Once you have it, are you fulfilled, or do you succumb to the routine of having the luxury and desire more never to satisfy?
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 life changed, for God gave them everything with one instruction.
He also created man, and woman from man. He would not intervene in their decisions; this was free will. The ability to make a choice, once there’s a determination a significant action follows, and so it continues to this day.
People are, willful, but by the Grace of God, we can resist the inclination to evil. We can choose Christ, and this is an option for all, living with His grace and forgiveness. Trials will continue. However, there will be a constant companion on the journey.
How often do we continue to repeat mistakes and pick the forbidden fruit? We commit to living a life for Him, and yet we continue to struggle in the intense battle of spiritual warfare. The attitude if I can get this, then I will start not doing that or as soon as I do it one more time I will forever change.
Keep Your Focus
We can say, “the devil made me do it.” It’s easy to blame others than to accept our inherited sinful nature. The cross frees us, and by faith in God’s promises, we receive a new character through Baptism. This new life is in quest of the living tree. However, we do not change. Instead, Baptism is forgiveness in the spirit and awareness that we sin in the flesh.
We will continue to live in temptation, yet we mature through this process. This process continues which for our 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 human wants, do we choose?
Given, trial or confusion, we often stumble, and this leads to a time of grace and growth, for His glory, how we hold up depends on the maturity and our walk with Him.
Temptation causes one to doubt the goodness of God, as in the garden we trip because of stumbling blocks or trial, allowing a vulnerable state. We need to focus on the purpose of a life lived well for fulfillment God’s design. The evil sway of idols remains. When shaken without a mission-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 oneself is not the answer; in some ways, introspection is a consequence of forbidden fruit. To look at oneself and judge by one’s knowledge leads to a prideful appreciation of the performance. Perhaps it leads to the guilt of not meeting the “job description” of being a Christian.
God wants neither of these outcomes; He made us for Him and His Kingdom for us to trust in the cross and live by faith in relationship with Him.
Getting our focus on Jesus, keeping an attitude of faith and not on anything or anyone else is the only choice. With this choice, 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 shows Himself to you as an individual child of His.
Keep the focus on the fruit of the living tree. We have ways of sharing in God’s 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. We perform, in surrender, keeping the focus on Jesus always. To stumble or slip is human; to claw your way back through denial of self is to repent. Go before Him as his child and ask His forgiveness. He will always say, “Not guilty,” His love is unconditional. Seek Him in all 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 actual living tree.
Overcome by Desperation Band
Overcome No Worries
You, yes you, need not worry, for He already overcame sin for you. He died for you. He loved 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 receive His grace to live eternally with Him in heaven. If you believe in His body and bloodshed for you, repent of sin, and live then, in His likeness, you shall not perish. Faith in Christ should continue, and you are instructed to disciple those who have not heard the Good News.
What does it mean to disciple? Imagine if you had a lost puppy. You would ache in your heart and want to find him. You would put up signs and tell the world he is missing. God uses us to disciple He wants us to shine His light, so the lost seek Him, those hiding, those slipping, and 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 righteous, wanting, egotistical, selfish followers, we risk dimming the light, making it less bright limits those in need from seeing it. I enjoy a lighted walkway, simplifies finding our way. He overcame for us; at least we can keep adding fuel to His fire so all can see 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...
© 2013 Kathy Henderson