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Genesis 3:1-4:26

The verse that really caught my eye this go round was verse one in the third chapter:

NOW THE serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden? [Rev. 12:9-11.]
(Genesis 3:1 AMP)

Pride gets us into trouble every time. When our pride is kept under submission, we will not fall into the trap of trying to answer the question, “Can it really be that God has said…” We don’t have to see an actual snake or a guy dressed up in a red suit, pitchfork and a bifurcated appendage to get into trouble. In an attempt to appear all knowing and not left out of the loop, the woman went to a dangerous place, she tried to prove to someone else how close she really was to God.

If I really evaluate my life in truth and study the wrong choices I’ve made they were always made under the threat of appearing to be something than what I truly was. The woman needed to prove who she was to the devil and in reality to herself that she was important to God and that she was in the “know”. Did she know the difference between “good” and “evil”? Since everything God made was good, including them, why was she, they, trying to prove they knew what evil was when there was nothing in their experiential understanding that said, “This is bad.”

My desire is to clearly understand who I am in Christ and know in my knowing that what God has said is what is and not what someone or something else says I am.
God should be the one telling me who I am and not man. We are reading through the Bible to find out who and what God says we are and what He has done for us. May we all have ears to hear and eyes to see His Truth.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

..."And the bottom line is of course to turn your eyes and gaze toward GOD AND JESUS for ultimate protection - and I do believe reading the Bible each day is one of the best ways to do exactly this!"

Please change this to "God, the Father and God, the Son." Subtle, but an important distinction to prevent confusion to new believers. Jesus is God and not separate from God.

Thank you so much, Mike for making your website available through the many years I've both, relied upon and suggested to our Camp Joy counselors (www.campjoycem.com) and to many others to be motivated to pour God's word into their lives. In fact, I just shared it on Facebook recently to encourage people to consistently read their Bible!

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