Text: Gen. 3:1
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
One of the ways to distinguish the voice of the devil is that the devil suggests while God commands. Another way to distinguish the voice of the devil is that he is very subtle; he does not come frontally because he knows that if he does, he will be resisted. He has been in the business of deception for thousands of years. He is the master of lies. John 8:44 says that he is the father of lies; it is part and parcel of him. It is your responsibility as a believer not to engage him in any conversation. This is a major problem of man.
The serpent is a beast of the field, it is not meant to be in the garden. The responsibility of tending the garden was given to someone. A perfect God created a perfect environment, placed a perfect man in that perfect environment and gave him one command. The only man that God moulded with his hands and breathed into could not keep one commandment. This only reveals the folly of thinking that a fallen man, an imperfect man in an imperfect environment can keep ten commandments. A lot of people make New Year resolutions but before the middle of the year, all would have been violated. We need help and we must acknowledge it.
Acknowledging your vulnerability requires humility; you must acknowledge your weaknesses before God. Let him know that you are nothing without him. Without a thorough understanding of the book of Genesis, you may not fully understand the Bible because the book of Genesis is the seed plot of the Bible; the beginning of everything; the foundation upon which you build. The war in the garden is a war which anyone who desires to prevail must win. Warfare is not optional; what is optional is being an overcomer. You need to be an overcomer because it is only overcomers who are rewarded in heaven.
Being an overcomer starts from diligently aligning with the purposive will of God for your destiny – identifying the fact that God’s plan for your life is the best. The word of God, the Bible is the revealed written will of God. When God says it, you have no business doubting it if you want to succeed. Whenever you entertain doubt in your heart, it is because a snake has gained entry into the garden. Your heart is a garden. You need to understand this. You cannot protect what you have not fully valued. The greatest tragedy of man is misplacement of value. Until you misplace the value of an instructor, you will not disobey his or her instruction.
- Dear Heavenly Father I reverence and worship you in Jesus name. I ask you to grant me the grace to always align my will to your revealed will as enunciated in your written word, the bible in every facet of my life in Jesus name. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED…….