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And the LORD God said unto the woman, “what is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, “the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” (Gen. 3:13).

1. Charm: to win and hold somebody’s attention, interest, or devotion.

2. Deceive: to mislead or deceive somebody.

3. Cheat: to rob somebody of something.

4. Passtime: spending time in a pleasant way.

If the saying “there’s success in unity” is true, then conflictual disparity (e.g. fire and water, cats and dogs, or a “bad” diet, etc.) must lead to some form of failure. In Gen. 2:24 God said, “therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” The bond that exists between the Man and Woman was supposed to be life-long, and stronger than any other bond, EXCEPT for that of the Creator. And since He loves us unconditionally surely nothing can break this bond.

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear (Isa. 59:2).” Well, maybe one thing can break this bond. This verse also gives us some insight on what took place in the Garden of Eden. In Gen. 3:9, the usual focus on this story makes God “appear” to  be looking for Adam in the Garden. However when God asked “where are you”, it was to get Adam to gauge himself, especially now that sin has disrupted their relationship. And where was Adam?

“Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit (Jhn. 15:2-3).”

First, when we don’t live the holy life that Jesus exemplified we become spiritually dead (…He taketh away…)! Sin forms a barrier, which in the case of Adam was the result of eating from the “wrong” Tree, and it separated him from the Creator. The “fruit” of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil gave Man, who was created good, a duplicitous (double-minded) nature which is NOT in the glorious image of God. Now, instead of being in sync with God (Gen. 2:19) man can say one thing and mean another, although the cost for this ability is life (Rom. 6:23)!

When Adam was all good, God could ask him to name all the animals and it not be a problem. He saw the animal doing horse tricks and called him a horse; the animal doing monkey tricks he called a monkey. The animal he saw doing card tricks – he called him a shark!  

All levity aside, can you feel the conviction of David, a man after God’s own heart who said, I hate the double-minded…” (I Sam. 13:13-14; Psa. 119:113 New King James Version). So we see that a “bad” diet in Eden produced a conflictual disparity – an unholy Adam, eating unholy knowledge, being barricaded from a holy God (Gen. 3:8).

Second, to regain our state of glory and eternal life, Christ reveals to us that God cleanses our Mind (branch) as we undergo, and overcome life situations by His Grace (…He purges…). When we’re “going through”, that’s the time to take stock of “where are we” and realize that our Father is “purging” us, and that He will give us the grace we need to “make it through” (II Cor. 12:9)

Third, as surely as we make the realization that a Gracious and Merciful God cares about us (I Pet. 5:7), we’ll understand that “all things work together for good to them who love love God(Rom. 8:28).” We will be able to “trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thine ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Prv. 3:5-6).” If we “…not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not,” we will bear more of the Fruit of God’s Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control!

What led to Adam’s indigestion (oops – indiscretion)? Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had madeGen. 3:1. Imagine the charming serpent “wrapping” around the branch (Mind) of the Woman to keep her focus locked in on “the field” (the world or worldliness, especially the carnal “Tree” in the Garden). After besieging her Mind in a stronhold, he commands her focus and leads her to eat of the forbidden Tree, saying that it would make her a god (life-giver Gen. 3:5). She then entices Adam, who calls her “the mother of all living things (Gen. 3:20),” to eat from the evil Tree (Gen. 3:6). After their “fall” from grace the “field” is corrupted with: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, promiscuity, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, dissent, jealousy, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such traits that are listed in Gal 5:19-21.

Realize the Devil fell from Heaven (Isa. 14:13-15), and seeks to deceive us into disobedience, and to war against God (Rev. 12:7-9,16:13-16). He wants so badly to block our royalty (I Pet. 2:9) which is, to be sure, predicated on our following “peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord (Heb. 12:14).” Jesus taught, “blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God” in (Mat. 5:8).” To be holy is to be pure which is to be incorruptible, unadulterated, and without deception, and is also God’s command (Lev. 11:44-45, I Pet. 1:16).

Satan, though, very cleverly uses the ones close to our heart (Gen. 2:21) to manipulate our Minds to cheat on God. The “world” may think that’s chic, however “when once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open unto us’; and He shall answer and say unto you, ‘I know you not whence ye are (Luk. 13:25)‘.” Unfortunately, we became consumed with expectations of a scintillating passtime; we’re like a duck who hears the hunter’s whistle! Blinded by temptation, we’ve been lured to an impending “death” by our carnality or physical needs (Rom. 8:5). And yet, now that “we are not ignorant of his devices (II Cor. 2:11)“, let’s do what Eve eventually did and dedicate our passtime to the the LORD (Gen. 4:25), so that the rest of our life be the best of our life!

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