January 2 – Truth And Consequences

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Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:13)

Read: Genesis 3:1 – 4:26, Matthew 2:13 – 3:6, Psalm 2:1-12, Proverbs 1:7-9

Relate: The idea of a clean slate was a good one. What happened? I loved the concept of a new beginning. Has it already been marred? I’m not even halfway through day two of this new year and already I’ve sinned. I’ve messed up. I’ve failed. This year began with such high hopes. It began with such promise, but my stupid pride, my foolish ambition, my lazy apathy, my fallen humanity already got in the way. Now I’m stuck sitting here wondering why I even bother. I should fall to my knees asking for forgiveness and then get up and start walking this journey again. Instead my instinct is to try to run and hide from God. My shame, my embarrassment, my pride in thinking I can fix this on my own keeps me from coming to Him.

React: I can completely understand where Adam and Eve are coming from in Genesis three. We talk about a clean slate, but they literally had one. How about no regrets, no mistakes, no past sin or failure in your life… ever. They were perfect. They were sinless. However, barely get three chapters into this grand story and already things are messed up. Even the best of the best, even humanity’s champion failed. Adam (which means “man” or “human” in Hebrew) was the prototype for all that we were meant to be. He was created in the image of God, but before the story can even begin to gain traction, he has marred that image. Now all of us, for the rest of time, have followed his example and fallen prey to our own sinful desires.

Thank God for God. This could have been the end of the story. It should have been the end but God provided a way out. Even as God was telling Eve the truth and consequences of her action he promised that a child would come from her line who would crush the enemy’s head. Where Adam failed, God would raise up another champion. I cannot win, I can’t even fight this battle called life on my own. No matter how many times the calendar rolls over and I try to start again I will fail. I will fall. That is why I need to hide behind heaven’s champion. Jesus is, the ultimate truth. He has paid the consequences for my failures when He died on that cross.

Respond: 

Dear God,
I thank You that You don’t make me walk this journey on my own. I thank You that You have provided a way out for this mess that I’ve made of my life. I recognize that I will never be strong enough, I will never be good enough on my own. Help me to step out of the way so that You can lead. Help me to hide behind a greater champion.
Amen

 

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21 thoughts on “January 2 – Truth And Consequences

  1. What a great testimony concerning God’s grace to Adam and Eve. How often do I try to cover something up with my “fig leaves”.

    My favorite part of this conversations is when God sacrifices an “animal” (I believe a lamb) in order to cover them with the coat of skin. I am thankful that I have been covered by that same “skin”; Jesus Christ.

    My Redeemer not only lives but is returning!

    John Hayes

    https://aspirations-of-living.blog/

    • I must correct error… the original Word does not say God killed a lamb and put the sheep skin to cover Adam and Eve… The hebrew text simply says he gave them human fleshly skin that felt pain suffering heat and cold hunger sickness etc… this is what we will be redeemed from in our restored glorified covering… why we will not experience sickness heat cold pain suffering hunger etc… accept our reject it still truth whether we choose to believe or not… for no flesh can stand before God and live… our glorified body is not of himan flesh… this is why they did not recognize Jesus by sight but by HIS SPOKEN WORD.

      • Quick question: when you say “the original Word” are you referring to what it actually says in the Hebrew or are you saying that the Hebrew versions we have today have been altered? If the former, could you show me the Hebrew? If the latter, what source do you get this from?

  2. Dear BJ, C.S. Lewis said “When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.” If the Apostle Paul could say that he had not attained, then who are we. Philippians 3:12 The reason we worship Jesus is because He alone was perfect while in the flesh. He alone did the will of the Father. I kneel with you at His feet.

  3. “Look fully into His wonderful face.” One line from church yesterday that stuck with me. Look fully and see his grace, love, guidance and support. I failed miserably this past week to do that, to reach out to him when I was stressed and anxious. And then I thought afterward, “Oh, duh. Why didn’t I pray to him?” If I have no other goal this year, it will be to remember my God and Savior when I need it most…whether it be when I have sinned or when I need help or when I merely want to say thank you.

  4. Father wins!!! His power of love from on high is joining us together now before Yahushua’s return and forever!!! Hahaha! HalleluYah! Looking forward to future visits. 🙂

  5. I think the more we focus on sin, the more sins we commit. I view life from the prospective that it is a journey, an experience and right and wrong or good and evil is only in the eyes of the beholder. If you behold love you get love, if you behold negativity, you behold negativity. If you behold sin, you sin. Renewing and washing the thoughts through the lens of God reinforces and strengthen my inner woman. I am so glad to be a molecule in this vast universe. .

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