Temptation

Even though God provided everything that Adam and Eve could possibly need, they decided they wanted more. When they ate the fruit, they chose to break the only rule that God had given them. God had been very generous with everything he provided, so when they disobeyed, he became angry. They chose to listen to the serpent instead of obeying God.

We are faced with choices like this every day! We may start to feel like we need more than what God has provided for us. We may have friends who try to convince us to do something that we know is wrong. But God is the one with the plan. He is the one who knows what is best for us.

Sometimes we feel like following our own rules, because we think we know what’s best. We can slide a little and get away with it. Guess what? That is Satan’s way of deceiving you! Just like he got into Eve’s head, he can get into yours just as easily! And where do you think he wants to lead you? Do you think Satan wants to get into your head so he can lead you into what is best for you? Of course not! He is leading you into sin. He will lie to you, tempt you, use your friends, anything he can do to make you fall into sin. We need to be aware of his presence around us so we can be ready to turn him away by leaning into God in full surrender.

The truth is, none of us is free of sin. No matter how hard we try to stay away from sin, we will be tempted and we will buckle, just as both Adam and Eve did. When Adam and Eve realized what they had done, they were afraid and they were full of shame. Their first instinct was to run and hide from God. Their second instinct was to make excuses. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent. When you fall into sin, you need to run TO him. Run to his love and his forgiving grace. Own up to your mistakes. Pay the consequences, if that applies.

When I feel pressured to do something that I know is wrong, I will pray:
Dear Lord, Thank you for being my constant companion. I know that I can lean closer to you when I am weak. I need you to help me resist the enemy when I am being pulled in a direction I do not want to go. Please give me the strength to walk away from this temptation.
Amen


Today’s Scripture:

Genesis 3:1-24 NIV
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 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. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.