Jul 24

BECOMING EVE: Part 6

 

Eve part 6

This year I have been sharing a few thoughts about how we modern women might be a bit like the first woman God created. This is the link to last month’s discussion. Here are some new thoughts to consider:

 

I Recognize Good and Evil 

Even though Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, something very good was the result: she learned how to tell the difference between good and evil—right there when evil (via Satan) first came into God’s perfect world.

As a result of Eve’s disobedience, we all maintain her very first—original—sin. The blessing part of God’s judgment of Eve is that we also maintain her understanding of good and evil. We can look at everything, every person, every action, every thought, motive and consequence and compare it to our holy God. Thus we are able to recognize what is good and what is evil.

What does it tell you about God’s character that He created such a good consequence from Eve’s sin?

I Do not Gossip

When the serpent approached Eve, he discussed what God had or had not said. Many theologians believe that God had given the command not to eat from the tree only to Adam and that Adam had then relayed that information to Eve.

But the fact is that the serpent argued with Eve about what God had and had not said and what God might have meant. Eve didn’t seek clarification from Adam or from God Himself. Rather, she continued Satan’s line of argument and ultimately believed the lies he told her.

How can we avoid listening to, starting or continuing gossip?

I Must Guard against Seduction 

Satan clearly seduced Eve by telling her she would gain knowledge from eating the forbidden fruit. He also showed her how lovely the fruit was and encouraged her to do what she knew was wrong.

Today we are bombarded with people telling us about the lovely benefits of doing what we know to be wrong; or leading us step-by-step into sin so that we are hardly aware we have been seduced until it is too late.

In what area of life are you most likely to be seduced? How can you guard against it?

I Must be Wary of Satan 

Satan uses many tools to get us to turn away from God. One of the things Satan did effectively was to phrase questions that forced Eve to agree with Satan.

When Satan first approached Eve, for example, Satan said: “Did God really say not to eat from any tree?” Satan knew God had not said that. Satan—the great deceiver—in that instance was leading her into sin by speaking little truths and getting Eve to agree with him.

What truths do you feel Satan whispering that might be a step towards him convincing you to believe a larger lie?

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If you’d like to study more about the character and circumstances of Eve and how you might learn the lessons she has to teach, I would love for you to check out my Bible study devotional I am Eve. It is available in print or Kindle format at Amazon.com.

 

EVE FRONT COVER

Jul 17

PRAYING NAMES: Renee and Donald

Renee and Donald

I love that our names have meaning. And I love to pray for people to live the meaning of their names. Here are two more names of people I am praying for based on the meaning of their names.

Last month I prayed for one of our pastors and his wife: Brian and Maureen. This month I am praying for our other pastor and his wife.

Do you know someone named Don or Renee? Who do you know that you would like to pray for them in this way?

Renee: reborn

Heavenly Father, I pray Renee will live the meaning of her name. I pray she will always remember that she has been reborn in you; that her life became new when she turned to you and that she is now a new creation because of your love for her and her love for you. Amen.

Donald: world leader

Heavenly Father, I pray Donald will live the meaning of his name. I pray he will walk boldly in this world, led by you and leading others in your name. I pray others will look to him and see his example of faith in you and that his life will lead others to look for you and find you. I pray also that Donald will always keep first in his mind that you are our one true leader and ruler of our lives. Amen.

Jul 10

TEMPLE: The Pause that Refreshes

temple-focus-word

 

When God gave me the focus word temple at the beginning of 2017, I knew He would be teaching me about the Holy Spirit who has taken residence in me and I knew He would be nudging me toward better health.

Since then, God has taught me a few lessons about the responsibility I have over the physical temples of other people in my life. I have also learned more about the spectacular temple in Jerusalem built by King Solomon.

This month, God has taught me to pause. Last week, my husband completed six weeks of cancer treatments. We await life-long monitoring, more surgery and accompanying recovery and stress in the future.

But for now we are celebrating the pause, being reminded of many of the verses in the Book of Psalms. Although the exact definition of the word selah is not clearly known, when we read the word in Psalms, we are to pause and reflect.

Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory. Selah

(Psalm 24:10 NIV)

This month I exhale and breathe. Selah.

Selah is a pause amid praise. For me now, Selah is a time to praise God for whatever His plan is and for including us in it. It is time to thank Him for the health my husband (and I) both now enjoy and for the energy, strength and joy we can experience as we await the next step in God’s plan.

Selah. Thank you, Jesus.

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