January 2 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 4-6 and Psalms 2
Lets do a quick review of a basic Christian doctrine found in these verses – “The Fall Of Mankind”
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? … ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1,4&5)
It’s true – the devil has not changed his tactics in the thousands of years since the garden – he still lies about the Word of God and he still tempts us with his faulty logic – “you will be like God, knowing good and evil”.
I recall a conversation with a young woman (age 13) as she was deciding for herself whether she would listen to the lies of the Devil, or the pure voice of God. She told me that she wanted to experience “all of life”, but what she really meant was that she wanted to “try sin” out and then see for herself what she wanted out of life. Thank God she listened to The Holy Spirit and did not stray into the lost world of lies and deception!
So much of what is available to us in this world runs contrary to the heart of God. His desire for us is only good but in order to experience the full blessing of God we have to deliberately avoid things the Devil puts in our path. Saying “no” to the sin in this world is not so hard when we do so by the grace of God.
Back to Genesis – Did you notice that it didn’t take long for sin to take a foothold in people’s lives? Cain, the first-born man who was not created by the very hands of God also became the world’s first murderer! It was not more than a few thousand years before God looked upon mankind and said, “I’ve got to start over”. Mankind’s wickedness had already reached the “intolerable” stage. It’s a good thing Noah was around or the Lord may have had to begin again with the “mankind part” of His creation.
Here’s the point – if we let things slide, it doesn’t take long for sin to take hold in our lives either! It “is crouching at your door”! (Genesis 4:7) The Christian overcomes sin by walking close to Jesus – walking in the Holy Spirit – walking in the grace of God.
God bless you richly today as you overcome!
1. What does the enemy’s voice really sound like? How can we recognize it?
2. When we hear this “voice”, what is our means of defense against it?