Truth or Dare: Living With Consequences Part I
Imagine a garden, not just your common flower garden either, but a place with lush vegetation where exotic creatures thrive. Put yourself there. Think about what a close, face to face relationship with God would be like. Visualize yourself spending every day with Him in peace, happiness, harmony, and song. Consider, for a moment, what a world without doubt, fear, anger, jealousy, illness, or death might have been like…
Too hard to picture? Try this instead.
Think about someone very close to you, perhaps someone you see every day. If not each day, then a person you see quite often. Then imagine if the paradise of the garden, or that treasured relationship with another, went away… What if you suddenly found yourself, for the very first time ever, experiencing:
These were likely the feelings Eve felt in her removal from the garden of Eden. She had been misled. She had allowed herself to be deceived. Ladies we are Eve. Gents…you are the conflicted, bewildered, and doubting Adam.
Today we live in a world chalk full of lies. Some of them are quite visible and easy to discern. Others are not. Tragically this can be said of a majority of the deception out there. Those same lies often tend to appeal to our desires. Sometimes our longings are self serving, unhealthy, as well as sinful.It is those yearning that are used by our greatest enemy.
Our enemy knows us well and his mission is quite simple; to drive a wedge between us and God. He successfully achieved this in the garden of Eden when he planted the first seeds of doubt about God and His word.
Satan’s game plan can be broken down into three steps. As believers it is vital that we recognize them so that we can put on our full armor of God and stand our ground firmly in the foundation of our faith in Christ.
Satan’s Battle Plan
- Question God’s Word
- Test Foundations of Faith
- Appeal to our Human Desires
The Deceiver knows God’s word. He knows our doubts, insecurities, fears, as well as longings. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what makes him so formidable.That is why it is imperative that we have a firm foundation.
Genesis 3 New International Version (NIV)
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Satan was able to fool Eve because he not only made her question God’s instructions, he also seduced her with promises of self gratification. He made her see only the potential of her innermost desires. He sold to Eve, much as he still does to us today, the idea of a God like existence. He tempts us with the notion that we, and not God, are in control.
Promises and Delivery
The painful truth to be learned here:
“Satan Promises BUT does NOT deliver.”
Any promise of glory shall surely be paid in shame. Just as promises of joy shall be met with tears.
Do not despair!
For Our God PROMISES and HE DELIVERS!
John 15:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.