“It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.”
Here in plain “English” God speaks to Adam and Eve. There is no way that anyone could twist the meaning of “If you the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden, you will die”. Plain and simple.
Yet, we all do that thing that we know God has spoken to us about. It is in our soul, our heart pounds with the message, our body strives daily with the clarion call for holiness, yet we still struggle. The struggle is REAL! The Apostle Paul, millenniums later had the same struggle doing the very thing that he didn’t want to do.
The struggle that sin produced, is the very fact that we don’t always do the right thing or that we simply do the wrong thing.
Sin and Law create this cataclysmic struggle that is only answered in having a personal and intimate walk with Christ! Today if you are in that place where sin dominates or haunts you, and you love Jesus; the answer is to simply press into Him even more. He will provide you with the scapegoat from sin. And it will be from the most amazing places or people.
Press into Him today and rest assured that what He says will save your life. And remember He also said, “I will never leave you or forsake you!”
I was on my way to the mailbox a while back. It’s not like it is this long journey to the mailbox, from my door to the mailbox is about the length of a basketball court, down a moderate driveway. Again not anybody”special” journey, it is just at the end of the driveway.
Now I have to confess, I love getting the mail. It is better than email. Sometimes (actually most of the time) it contains a bill or two bills, maybe advertisements, for sure those prices we call “junk mail”. Then, every so often, there is something that really just blesses you – a card, some encouragement, a gift, a package jammed in the mailbox––you never really know!
So, as I was making my way to the mailbox, I was thinking about a million other things. When I got to the mailbox – EMPTY! I was crushed. Subconsciously, I know I was hoping for one of those “lower percentage – somethings” that graces the inside every now and then.
As I made the “long walk” back to the house, the Lord reminded me that even when things are not going the way I had hoped, even when there seems to be that deafening silence, even when the future looks a lot more dim than the past – He is still in control. He is still on the throne of the world and the world is His footstool. Like my Pastor says, “If it is over your head, it is still under His feet!”
What do you do when the mailbox is empty? You go back the next day, and the day after that, and the day after that. He is smiling at you in heaven. He hasn’t forgot about you. He loves you and believes in you.
Funny thing happened. When I got back inside, I looked at my iPad. There on the screen was a message from my Bible app…
Psalm 94:18-19 (NLT) 18 I cried out, ‘I am slipping!’ but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. 19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”
So today or tomorrow when you go to the mailbox, let His comfort give you renewed hope and cheer!