Thursday, January 13, 2022

Genesis 3 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

Genesis 3:4-6

"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when 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 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.

What fruit is the enemy dangling in front of you today? What is he trying to trick, bribe, or coerce you into taking today? Don't take the bait! I'm gonna share something with you: I was the fruit the enemy dangled in front of my wife, but by the grace of God, she did not bite! One of my wife's deepest desires was to have a husband, and the enemy knew this. My wife had prayed for one for a long while, and then one day, she met me. And though I was serving the Lord, I was still struggling with sexual purity, and the enemy knew that also.

So, my wife and I begin to date, and as we dated, there was a divide that started to develop. Looking back now, we know why, but at the time, we didn't know. My wife even said she felt like God told her I was the one. But in my heart, I wanted more physical things, and my wife knew that was a way to keep me around. But she didn't do it! She gave up the one thing she had been praying for to honor God and obey His Word! She believed that if He had promised it to her, then He would make the way, and she wasn't going to compromise her faith or her obedience to do it! She did not use physical means to acquire a spiritual blessing! He still had a lot of refining to do on me, but He is faithful! Thank You, Jesus, for Your merciful and patient love that brought us back together, and thank You for this beautiful blessing of my wife.

I say all this not to glorify my sins but to give God glory and prove a point. If you looked at me and my wife's build and makeup, you would think I'm the strong and courageous one, but the truth is she is a warrior! Strength and courage come in many different forms, and sometimes it doesn't look like what we think it should. But it is a gift from God to all who love and obey Him!

So, how many of us could look at something we have been praying for a long time, something we thought God told us would be ours, something we desired so deeply it hurt, and then turn around and surrender it back to Him out of faith, reverence, and obedience? Unwilling to compromise truth just to receive what we want? That, my friends, is the heart of a warrior! Let us pray that we, too, can walk with a fierce and courageous boldness in Him today!

Psalm 73:26- My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

John 14:15- "If you love me, keep my commands."

God bless! I love you all, but His love gives strength! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!




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