Listening to our Spirit, or Satisfying our Flesh?
I recently attended a theatrical performance of sight and sound held by a local church. The name of the play was entitled “Rescue”, Two Special Trees, Two Kinds of Knowledge.
The church presented a wonderful film to the audience. This film engaged us with the beautiful images of creation which are mentioned in the beginning of the Book of Genesis. It reviewed the beginning of time from day 1 to day 6. The next scenes showed us how God created man, Adam and made him in his own image. Then God took the rib of Adam and made woman, since Adam could not find a suitable mate upon the earth.
Adam and Eve were very happy and didn’t have a care in the world. They lived in a paradise and God walked among them.
God had given Adam and Eve access to the entire Garden of Eden, except they were forbidden to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they ate from this tree, God told them they will certainly die.
Well, the serpent appeared and began to talk to Eve, as cunning as he was, he twisted the truth. Eve saw the fruit of the tree was appealing and she desired wisdom. She ate the fruit, and also gave some to her husband.
Adam and Eve were both afraid and hid themselves from God! Because of their great sin, God threw them out of the Garden of Eden.
Even those of us who have given our hearts to Jesus and choose to follow him, we too can still have difficult decisions to make. We may have confusing thoughts, doubts, or fleshy desires. Why do we still have these thoughts? The enemy is still roaring upon the earth. He especially loves to get into our thoughts and whisper lies to us like he did with Eve. He is a master of twisting the truth and making things that are really bad, sound appealing. Greed could be another sin that might cause you to act in the wrong way. Eve wasn’t satisfied with everything God had given Adam and her; she desired more.
How can we protect ourselves? The best way to protect ourselves is to daily speak Ephesians 6: 10-17 and clothe ourselves in the armor of God. We need to be persistent to read God’s Word. Let God’s Word go into our heads and penetrate our hearts. Speak God’s Word boldly over ourselves and our situations. Finally, we need to ask for help from our Heavenly Father. Ask him, to strengthen our spirits. Pray we can walk and act in the Spirit as the Apostle Paul urges us to do in Galatians 5. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us and give us wisdom.
Father God, I lift up every friend that is reading this post. Strengthen them Lord. May they cling to our Savior, Jesus, who is the vine. May they abide in him. Thank you in Jesus name. Amen