THEN THE LORD GOD SAID TO THE WOMAN, ‘WHAT IS THIS YOU HAVE DONE?’THE WOMAN SAID, ‘THE SERPENT DECEIVED ME, AND I ATE’
“My friend was rude to me, so I ate of the fruit the enemy offered me.”
“My boss made a snide comment, so I ate of the fruit the enemy offered me.”
“My husband did not love me, so I ate of the fruit the enemy offered me.”
“My wife disrespected me, so I ate of the fruit the enemy offered me.”
I bless you to understand that the enemy, the father-of-lies, will offer you his fruit, every day, to cause sin to reign in your mortal body “SO THAT YOU OBEY ITS EVIL DESIRES”
Know that the evil one will offer you the fruit of enmity, strife, fear, jealousy, mistrust, anger, fits of rage, animosity, depression, and selfishness. Moreover, he will offer his fruit along with the excuse, “She offered me the fruit. I had no excuse. I had to eat it.”
I bless you to know that you DO NOT HAVE TO EAT THE FRUIT THE ENEMY OFFERS YOU, even when someone is hateful, manipulative, or condemning.
SUBMIT YOURSELVES, THEN, TO GOD. RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU
You have a choice: you can eat of the fruit the enemy offers you when someone says or does something selfish to you…or you can resist obedience to the father-of-lies, and submit your pain to God, instead.
Submit yourself, then, to God, and resist the father-of-lies…and he will leave you alone.
What do you do with the fruit the father-of-lies offers you, daily, moment-by-moment?
How might the teaching in this message lead you to deal differently with these temptations, from now on?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, remind me, daily, that I DO NOT HAVE TO EAT THE FRUIT THE ENEMY OFFERS ME, even when someone is hateful, manipulative, or condemning toward me. May I choose, moment-by-moment, to resist obedience to the father-of-lies and to submit my pain to You, instead. Then, the devil will flee form me, each time.
Maintain an Awareness
So, yes, the deepest urge in human nature seems to be the desire to be important–to matter. But, it is not the PRINCIPLE of wanting to be important that is wrong; instead, it is the way we adapt or the means we adopt to meet this most urgent desire of our hearts.