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 tree must have had an apple appeal.
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 have been many times when I said, “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 brief time before the process was repeated. Thankfully, we are given the 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 sin is okay or that one time won’t hurt. Instead, commit each matter to prayer and allow Jesus to strengthen you. God always provides an escape route. But to find His path, we need to pause.
What are some physical, emotional, or spiritual consequences of your choices? Would God say yes if you asked for permission?
Father God, I am equally convicted by these questions and don’t always get them 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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