Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Daily Scripture from Genesis 3:11-13

And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not eat from?" 12The man said,"The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13The the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." ~Genesis 3:11-13

This scripture is a trip to me. The moment we defy God sin becomes an integral part of our lives. First off, God is walking in the Garden with them (Genesis 3:8)! That is the type of relationship they had with God. They used to just chill together, shooting the breeze. God, knowing what happened, did not really need to question them but asked them for an explanation anyway.

This is where we (mankind) start digging our hole. Neither Adam nor Eve took responsibility for their actions. Adam even hinted at blaming God. He basically said well you put Eve here and she gave me the apple, so it's your fault, God. Eve turned around and blamed it on the serpent. Hello?! Adam could have just as easily told Eve not to eat the fruit and he did not want any. Eve could have told the serpent that she does not want to disobey God. Instead, they blamed each other, the serpent and even God! Sin is not to be taken lightly.

I don't write all this to be discouraging. Instead, it is to illustrate how much God truly loves us and how we need to work hard to maintain a relationship with Him. Combating sin is not a weekly thing. It is day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, and yes, second by second. It is a conscious effort of our mind and thoughts.

Personally, I am not 24/7 Jesus. I wish I were. Sometimes I can barely spare 15 minutes for Him; however, we should be 24/7 Jesus. Now I know that is hard and not realistic. That is why we have the Holy spirit and we constantly strive to walk like Jesus did. Isn't God worth it? He thinks we are.

Prayer interpreted from Romans 12:2
Lord, give me the strength not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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