Genesis 3 Perceiving the Truth from the Lie.
Genesis 6 Having Faith to do what God asks.
Happy New Year! It’s good to be in 2021, a new year, and to leave 2020 behind. So many crazy, wonky events happened in 2020. Our whole way of life changed. Let’s all pray that 2021 changes course and improves. But as a reminder, no matter what happens, God is still in control. God is in control as long as you remain in him (John 15). Even any New Year’s resolutions you have our Heavenly Father is in charge. Are you thinking of any New Year’s Resolutions? Maybe dieting, exercising, spending more time with your family reading the Bible? If you read the internet, you will see posts about the high percentage of people who are never able to complete their New Year’s resolution. That could be why God has led me to talk about mindfulness and the Bible.
Scientists have shown that what you “think” of will be what you gravitate towards. If it’s a bad habit that you mull over and over, you could easily move towards that action. And since we have given the Self Control by God to master of our minds, we must be mindful and practice this. If you have a thought which isn’t in line with what the Bible teaches don’t let your mind take over. For example, Eve never would have thought to eat the apple on her own. She had the help of a clever snake to cause her to think about the apple and crave it. And the apple was beautiful to look at. And too bad she must have followed that craving. She ate from the tree of knowledge of a lie. And now because of her sin we all know there is a lie and the truth. And we let our lack of self-control of our mind get the best of us. We must understand that the lie is out there and use mindfulness. Lemmings are an animal who will follow each other to their death. When one falls off a cliff, the others will move together to migrate off the cliff just like the first. Adam did something similar; he followed Eve’s lead and did not follow his creator’s rule, he used no self-control or patience to wait to find God and talk with him. Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to this world to take our sins away to that we can walk with God again in the Spirit.
Declaration of faith. Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to this world to take our sins away to that we can walk with God again in the Spirit.
Let us review Genesis 1 of the story of Eve eating the apple.
1The Lord God made many wild animals. But the snake was the most clever of them all. The snake asked the woman, ‘Did God say, “You must not eat the fruit from any tree in the garden”? Is that really true?’
2The woman replied, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. 3But God said, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it. If you do that, you will die.” ’
4Then the snake said to the woman, ‘No, you will not die. 5God knows that when you eat the fruit from this tree, you will understand things. You will become like God himself. You will know about good things and evil things.’
6The woman looked at the fruit on the tree. She saw that it would be good to eat, and it was beautiful to look at. She wanted to eat it because it would make her become wise. So, she took some fruit and she ate it. Then she gave some of the fruit to her husband who was with her. He also ate it.
7Then they understood things. They understood that they were not wearing any clothes. So, they took some leaves from figtrees. They fixed them together to cover their bodies.
8In the evening there was a nice cool wind. The Lord God walked in the garden. The man and the woman heard the sound of the Lord God. They hid themselves behind some trees, so that God would not see them. 9The Lord God called out to the man. He said to him, ‘Where are you?’
10The man replied, ‘I heard you in the garden. I was afraid because I had no clothes. So I hid myself from you.’
11The Lord God said, ‘Who told you that you had no clothes? Have you eaten fruit from the tree that I said you must not eat?’
12The man said, ‘It was the woman that you put here with me. She gave me some fruit from the tree. So I ate it.’
13Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘Why have you done a thing like that?’ The woman replied, ‘It was the snake. The snake deceived me with a lie. So I ate the fruit.’
14The Lord God said to the snake, ‘Because you have done this, I will curse you. Among all the livestock and wild animals, you are the one that I will curse. From now on, you will move across the ground on your stomach. You will eat dust from the ground. You will do this for your whole life.
15I will cause you and the woman to become enemies. Your descendants and her descendants will always be enemies. One of her descendants will attack your head. You will attack his foot.’
16God said to the woman, ‘I will make it much more painful for you when you give birth to children. You will want to please your husband. But he will rule over you as your master.’
17Then God said to Adam, ‘You listened to your wife and you did what she said. You ate fruit from the tree after I told you, “You must not eat fruit from this tree.” Because you did that, I will curse the ground. You will have to work very hard to make plants grow in it for your food. It will be like this for your whole life. 18Thorn bushes and thistles will grow in the ground. You will have to eat plants that grow in the fields. 19You will have to work hard for a long time before you have any food to eat. You will do this for your whole life until you die. Then you will return into the ground. That is where you came from. I made you from the soil of the ground, and you will become soil again.’
20Adam gave his wife a name. He called her Eve. This was because she would become the mother of all people.
21The Lord God made clothes for Adam and Eve to wear. He used the skins from animals to make them.
22The Lord God said, ‘The man has now become like one of us because he understands good and evil. So, we must not let him take fruit from the tree that gives life. If he eats that fruit, he will live forever.’
23So, the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden. To get his food, Adam had to dig the ground that God had used to make him. 24Then God put special angels to guard the garden. God put them on the east side of the garden. There was also a sword of fire that moved quickly from side to side. As a result, nobody could go near to the tree that gives life. (Genesis 3 Easy Bible).
Interpretation of Genesis 3 and the Craving of the Apple.
And so you see, Adam and Eve made choices. No one forced them to eat the Apple. But as you know, without the temptation of the mind, they would have left the apple uneaten. But they did, they entertained that evil thought and became separated From God.
You are in constant battle for your mind. That’s where the temptation begins. When God gives you an idea that’s inspiration. But when the devil gives you an idea, that’s temptation. Every day you have to choose which ideas you’re going to accept. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:17 . Accept God’s Salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. In other words, the Bible is saying if you want to overcome temptation you need to resist the devil, you accept God Salvation as your helmet. What does the helmet do? The helmet protects your mind and your mind is where the battle against temptation is fought.
Before you can say no to the devil, you have to say yes to Jesus Christ. congregation repeat after me. I say yes to Jesus Christ. I accept God’s helmet to protect my mind.
Congregation: I say yes to Jesus Christ. I accept God’s helmet to protect my mind.
Declaration of Faith. I will take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and keep it close to my heart.
Exercising your use of the Bible.
The second step you would need to take is take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God and use it against temptations. This means you would review scripture to make temptation flee. If you only keep your Bible on your desk or on your phone but never pick it up and read it, what good will it be if you’re tempted at work, at school, and traffic? Wouldn’t that be like having a motorcycle helmet or a bicycle helmet and not wearing it while going 100 mph? You must review scripture regularly so that it is in your mind and your heart. The Holy Spirit will bring it back to your mind at the moment of temptation.
The Character of Noah (Genesis 6:9-14)
“This is the report about Noah and his family. Noah was a good man. He was the only person at that time who lived in a completely right way. He stayed near to God in his life. Noah became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth. God saw that everything on the earth had become spoiled. Everywhere, people were attacking each other. God saw how much the earth had become spoiled. Everyone was doing bad things. God said to Noah, ‘I am going to destroy everyone. That is what I have decided to do. Everywhere on the earth, people are attacking each other. Now I will destroy the people and also the earth. So, make a boat for yourself. Use wood from cypress trees to make it. The boat must have rooms in it. Cover the inside and the outside of the boat with tar.”
(Genesis 6:9-14 EASY)
“Noah obeyed God. He did everything that God had told him to do.”
(Genesis 6:22 EASY)
Declaration of Faith: Wow, Noah obeyed everything God told him to do. God help me, I pray you increase my faith. I want to obey everything you ask of me. I will be mindful to focus on your will in my life.
Have you noticed that the moment you establish a goal in your life you start hearing people put seeds of doubt in your mind? “Who do you think you are?” “Or that can’t be done. “The solution to the voice of doubt is to listen to the voice of God instead. Imagine all the critics in Noah’s life who said,” that guy Noah thinks God speaks to him, but he’s just messing up all of our property values by building that awful arc in his front yard”. The Bible tells us Noah listened to God. And what did he hear? Noah heard God’s warning that the world was going to be destroyed. Noah believed and acted on what he could not seek. That is the faith of a mustard seed. God is going to give you goals this year for your life, and some people won’t agree with you. But stay focused on what you know God has said to you through prayer and through his word. Go tackle that big arc.
God as we end our service, we are thankful for Jesus. He takes away our sins when we selfishly follow our ways instead of your will. We reaffirm that we wish to be more like Noah and so you will see goodness from us. We ask you to send Jesus in our heart. We know you are working behind the scenes for our purpose and we pray for the health of our country, for the leadership of churches worldwide, we pray for our local and national leaders that they hear and obey your will. We pray for favor and protection over our families this week. You are a glorious God and we love you! In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
References: Rick Warren Open Doors, Easy Bible, Life Church Resources.