THE WOMAN SAID TO THE SERPENT, ‘WE MAY EAT FRUIT FROM THE TREES IN THE GARDEN, 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’
‘YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE,’ THE SERPENT SAID TO THE WOMAN
Notice that there are two sources of counsel available to you: God’s Counsel, and the father-of-lies’ counsel.
Notice that the father-of-lies’ counsel opposes God’s Counsel…resists God’s instructions…attacks God’s Word.
WE DEMOLISH ARGUMENTS AND EVERY PRETENSION THAT SETS ITSELF UP AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND WE TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE IT OBEDIENT TO CHRIST
(2 Corinthians 10:5).
What bothers me most about the father-of-lies is that he uses his deceitful counsel to accomplish his evil deeds through MY body, soul, and spirit. He uses MY thoughts as a vessel for his arguments against the knowledge of God. He uses MY interpretations…MY conclusions…MY perceptions as the medium into which he deposits his negative, destructive beliefs of abandonment, shame, condemnation, and rejection. He uses MY mind to control me from the inside-out: to influence MY emotions, to contaminate MY nature, to taint MY personality, and to confuse MY God-given purpose.
JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME
I bless you to know that you do not have to live according to the father-of-lies’ counsel. There is another Counsel available to you. It is the Truth. His name is Jesus Christ, God’s Son. You have a choice. If you choose to surrender your thoughts to the Truth, He will rule in your body, soul, and spirit. He will nurture your emotions, decontaminate your nature, purify your personality, and inspire your desires through a brand new purpose.
Whose counsel do you follow, daily, moment-by-moment? What effect has this had on your emotions, your personality, your desires, your nature, your deeds, and your purpose?
What are you going to do about this?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I choose You. I choose the Truth to reign in my body, soul, and spirit.
Maintain an Awareness
Sin is not something mysterious…something unexplainable…something that happens to you. Sin does not stand alone. It does not happen by itself. Sinful solutions have a source—the source of the OLD MAN.