Day 81, Wednesday, March 25th
This is part three from our devotional Monday and Tuesday, if you missed them, I would highly suggest going back and reading it.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:1-6 NASB
Lessons from the Garden
We Find Self-Control When…
1. We trust God’s provision.
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food…
2. We delight in the Lord.
…and that it was a delight to the eyes…
3. We don’t envy what we don’t have.
… and that the tree was desirable to make one wise…
We Find Self-Control When…
4. We surround ourselves with those who will help us in our walk.
It is sad that Satan was able to tempt Eve and to trick her into eating the fruit, but my heart aches when I read, she took the fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
I believe Adam was right there with Eve while the serpent was talking to her. Adam didn’t protect her. He didn’t help point her to the truth. Of course I don’t know that for sure. I wasn’t there, so of course I can’t say for sure how it all played out.
If you are a woman who is married, and your spouse doesn’t follow Jesus, please hear me: If you want victory in your life, if you want to be free from the sin that entangles you, then you need to find people that will support your walk. This is not to take away from your husband, but to help add to your relationship with him. I am sure your heart, as a believer, would be that your spouse would come to know the Lord. You cannot do it alone, but if you surround yourself with those who will uplift your walk, they can also help you pray for your spouse.
It is so important to not shut other Christians out. Yes, it is true, some judge. If you have been following these 90 days throughout the whole time, you know that my time in Tobermory, Ontario was devastating. I chose some really bad roads. I had my Christian best friend of 11 years pushed me to the side. My two not really serving the Lord Christian best friends of the same number of years stood with me through it all. I took this as a sign to push Christians out of my life. However, after I came home pregnant when I was 22 years old, I found the church family I went to wrapped their loving Jesus arms around me. If you are in a situation where you have been judged, please don’t give up on people. Not all of them are like that. When we close ourselves off and not have the support of others, we will find that we struggle more often with depression and defeat. It is not easy to be transparent, especially if the result ends up being a point of judgement. Please don’t give up. God has someone out there to help you on the road He has called you to walk.
5. We are honest with God where we are.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” Genesis 3:7-10 NASB
Read these references about Adam in Job and Hosea.
Or if, like Adam, I have tried to hide my sins Job 31:33
“But like Adam, you broke my covenant; you refused my love. Hosea 6:7
If you go back and read through week two, you will see I am a very big believer in being honest with yourself and with God at where you are. When you are struggling, it is so important to not deny that you feel that way, but be honest where you are at. In week two we talked about Jeremiah and the honesty he poured out in Lamentations. However, no matter how he felt he still stood on God’s truth. We should follow his example.
He has broken my teeth with gravel; he has trampled me to the dust. I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all I have I had hoped from the LORD.” I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:16-23
Hosea says, But like Adam, you broke my covenant; you refused my love.
Oh if we could only understand that statement to the depths of our hearts. Lord, speak to me. Let my eyes be open to your wisdom and knowledge. When we break our covenant with God, when we sin against Him, and when we ‘hide’ ourselves from Him, we are refusing His love.
Looking back on my life, I can tell you with 100% certainty, that every time I went through my life when I didn’t feel God’s love, is because I was deep in sin or I was deep in pain. Yes, my road has been difficult, but my road is not what caused my doubt in God’s love. I chose to listen to the roaring lion to believe that God was saying He didn’t love me. It is so important to not hide away from God. We need to be honest with Him where we are.
6. We don’t blame others for our mistakes.
Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:9-13 NASB
I think one of our natural responses to getting caught in sin is to blame it on just about anything other than accepting our sin as what it is. It is one of the hardest things to fight within ourselves. Being truthful, as mentioned in the previous point, will help this point as well.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23
Adam and Eve may have been the first to be tempted and fall into sin, but honestly we have fruits that God has told us to stay away from that we sink our teeth into every day. If we want our fruit to grow, we need to stop refusing God’s love.
Verse of the Week
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:3-5
Drink at least 40oz of water today
1 min Plank
Clean, declutter, and organize your attic or any other storage areas this week
This week I want you to be in prayer in your own personal journey. What do you need to allow the Holy Spirit to change in you so that you are a healthier person for the Lord?
Read three separate times: Romans 5:12-21
After the first time reading, answer: what word or phrase sticks out to you?
After the second time, dig deep and answer: Look deeply at verse 20, write it in your own words.
After the third time, answer: How does this scripture encourage you to change?
Worship for the Week:
Knees to the Earth – Passion (Watermark)
Here’s My Heart – Passion (David Crowder)
Take My Life – Passion (Chris Tomlin)
Take All of Me – Hillsong
Closer – Bethel Music
My Delight is in You – Passion (Chris Tomlin)