So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.~Genesis 3:6 NKJV
No one knows what type of edible produce grew on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but many are familiar with how the serpent successfully tempted Eve to eat the fruit before feeding it to her husband.
The couple lived in paradise and had everything they could ever want, including a close relationship with God. So why did they eat the forbidden fruit? If I had what they had, I wouldn’t have given in to temptation and eaten from the tree. Or would I?
There were many times when I spoke the words, if I had (fill in the blank) I would be fulfilled, or I’ll never ask for anything again. The satisfaction received from these emotional fillers only lasted for a short time before the process was repeated. Thankfully, we were given power to overcome this generational sin through the Holy Spirit. Jesus overcame the temptations of the world and tells us we can do even greater.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.~John 14:12 NKJV
Don’t let Satan whisper lies, telling you “it’s okay,” or “just this once.” Instead, commit each matter to prayer and allow Jesus to strengthen you. God always provides an escape route. But in order to find His path, we need to pause.
Are there physical, emotional, or spiritual consequences to my choice? Would God say yes if I asked for permission?
Father God, I am equally convicted by these questions and don’t always get it right. Please give me Your strength and guidance against unhealthy desires. Help me long for what You desire for my life.
In Jesus’ name. Amen
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