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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

In our reading we find that fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. When I look back on my life, I find that many of my decisions that were not made with the fear of the Lord turned out disastrously. It is truly better to have God guide us in knowledge than for us to try and wing it without Him.

Jeffrey

I've learned from experience that when u submit to the Lord and discipline your walk with God, the enemy doesn't like it. I wanted to tell all newbies on here..don't be surprised if opposition comes..the enemy doesn't like us to succeed and be free! I pray you all stay grounded and in prayer all year long and stay committed to your new walk with God! Be blessed

The verse in Proverbs, about the fear of the Lord, got my gears going. Why do people fear a God that loves them? I know the reason, because I know the truth, but many only hear about the love of God these days. I know that the all-powerful Creator could have not just banished Adam and Eve, He could have started hell fires with them, that day! His love and mercy kept them alive, but there were consequences.

These combined passages are a great start for the new year. God is a loving Father who disciplines us for our own sake. I understand (as much as a human can) fearing God and also loving Him. Praise God for his goodness and mercy!

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