Beguiled to Believing part 2

In my previous post Beguiled to Believing part 1  I covered what it means to be beguiled, and “The Creep- Satan”. This post will cover “The Captive-Eve” in Genesis 3:7-19.

Eve was created sinless, in a glorious paradise where there was perfect peace, love, and harmony. She had a perfect spouse, marriage, and relationship with her Creator. She never had an evil thought, got angry or jealous, or experienced sorrow, pain, or fear. They had everything they could possibly need and enjoyed sweet fellowship with the Lord in this wonderful world he had created for them.

Life was absolutely fabulous until that Creep showed up and she began to listen to the lies he was telling her.  Satan baited Eve into believing that God’s word wasn’t true, and his character couldn’t be trusted.

She ate the forbidden fruit and she gave to Adam and he ate.  In that very moment, sin entered into the world(Romans 5:12). The world we live in today is a direct result of the rebellion in the garden. All the hatred and murder and division in our country and around the world, is a symptom of the disease of sin that originated from Adam’s choice to follow his beguiled wife into sin.

Sin brings Shame.  They feel vulnerable, exposed, self-conscious and guilty. Been there!  They don’t know how to make those feelings go away so they cover themselves with fig leaves to try to hide their sin.  This is exactly what we do too, right?  It’s hard to be honest and admit when we sin.  Being vulnerable and baring our real nature is hard, and it’s humbling, but there’s freedom in that.

Proverbs 28:13 says that “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”  And 1John 1:9 says that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  God is a merciful, loving, and forgiving God.  He is faithful to his word. If you confess the sin in your life he will forgive you.  The longer you hold onto that sin the more miserable you will be.

After shame comes the blame game, and a good ole spanking from Daddy-cursed!  I bet this broke God’s heart. He didn’t just curse the serpent, and Adam and Eve for their sin, he cursed the very ground they walked on. And then comes the death sentence- “till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”    

Adam didn’t die physically on the spot, he had to suffer in that sinful state, longing for the garden and for the perfect life he once knew, for 930 years! He died spiritually the moment he sinned and all of his children are born with his sin nature, as captives to sin.

Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. God made a way for all sinners to be reconciled to him, through the death, burial and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus sets the captives free!  

Just like darkness is the absence of the brightness of light, death is the absence of the breath of life.  At some point in time, each and every one of us will take our last breath and slip off into our eternal habitation- either heaven or hell.  I know where I’m going!  I want you all to be sure of where you’re going as well, so make sure you read the follow up truth in “Beguiled to Believing part 3”.

Read Jeremiah 23:24, Job 31:33, Proverbs 15:3, and Psalm 139.  Then answer these questions:

  1. Can anyone hide from God?
  2. Give a minimum of two sentences explaining your answer to question 1.
  3. Are you a captive of the enemy or a free child of the Almighty King?

 

 

 

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