Don’t Give In, Don’t Give Up

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“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – Genesis 2:16-17

God warned Adam and Eve specifically about not eating from the tree of knowledge because he knew nothing good would come from it. Just like any good father would warn their child to not play in the street. Because he is concerned for his child’s safety. But, most of the time we take it upon ourselves and do not heed to the warnings. In Genesis 3: 1-7 it says:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God has made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, he shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest he die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they were naked: and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”

Adam and Eve disobeyed God by allowing the devil to whisper his lies instead of having enough faith to do what God told them to do. Just as a child running into the street after his father told him not to, discipline has to take action. Not because God doesn’t care, but because he cares tremendously. If he wouldn’t care, he wouldn’t correct us.

The day Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge is the day the devil introduced us to sin. Because, after all, Satan was the first to sin. In 1 John 3:8 it says:

“He that committeth sin is of the devil for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Whether you like it or not, we are apart of a battle between good and evil, light and darkness, etc. There comes a point where you have to choose a side. Being a Christian by no means is easy. It is actually very difficult at times because, the devil fights you every single step of the way. It may be easier to live in sin, but it is by no means worth it!

Before a person gets saved, we are blind to many things. We are blind to the spirtual warfare going on all around us because Satan uses many things to distract us and to keep us living in sin. Whenever we sin we are hurting God, we are breaking His heart. It was not God’s intentions or His will for us to sin and end up in hell for eternity. God loves us so much and wants us to all do right so we can join Him in Heaven one day. Even though we break His heart when we act out in sin, He still loves us enough to give us a chance. In John 3:16 it says:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The devil on the other hand could care less about any and every one of us. He only cares about himself. In Romans 6:23 it says:

“For the wages of sin (is) death; but the gift of God (is) eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Nothing good comes from sin, nothing at all! The Devil doesn’t care for us and only wants to use us to hurt God. So, why do we allow him to continue to control us? Why do we continue to hurt God by sinning? Although, a spirtual battle is a difficult situation to be in, God has given us as Christians, the power and authority to rebuke Satan and the attacks of the enemies. I know sometimes we tend to forget that we have that power but, in all honesty, it’s something we should never forget!

That power we have inside us is the power of and from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is VERY powerful! We OWE it to GOD to put all of our trust in Him one hundred percent because God will never steer us wrong or lead us to damnation.

We can choose to be that mouse and get caught in the trap of sin or we can choose to carry our cross and keep our eyes on Jesus. The Lord is good to us in every way in that for any and every sin, he provided a way for us to get away from the temptations. In Corinthians 10:13 it says:

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man. But, God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

God sent his only son to suffer and die on the cross for us. He paid for our sins with His precious blood. If we cannot press through the spirtual battle, if we cannot turn away from our sin, then that simply makes us selfish and we will have to answer for it one day! We may stumble, we may trip and fall. But, as long as we don’t give up and we keep trying we will end up getting it right! So, keep your eyes on Jesus and dont let the weight of sin crush your walk with God.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” – Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-3‬ ‭

Submitted by @ Laken Richard

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