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The Serpent Deceived Me

November 17, 2017

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The Serpent Deceived Me

            Genesis 3:12-13

And the man said,  “The woman whom Thou gavest  to be with me,  she gave me  from the tree,  and I ate.”

Then the LORD God said  to the woman,  “What is this  you have done?”     And the woman said,  “The serpent deceived me,  and I ate.”

We see ourselves  in Adam and Eve.     Eve was deceived  by the serpent  and she,  then,  convinced Adam  that the fruit  from the forbidden tree  was good.     Then,  when God approached them,  Adam put all the blame  on Eve  and Eve  put all the blame  on the serpent.

We’re no different.

Most every time we sin,  it’s someone else’s fault  —  at least  it’s someone else’s fault  in our fearful mind.

Note how Adam  even blamed God  for his fall  when he said,  “The woman whom Thou gavest  to be with me”.     So,  Adam’s line  of thought was  to accept no responsibility  for his sin,  but to put all the blame  on God  and Eve.     It’s as if God is at fault  for creating a companion  for him.

Fear causes us  to blame others  for our downfalls.     We don’t want  to face the judgment  we fully deserve,  so we plow ahead  and sin some more  by lying  and blaming others.     The truth is  that each one of us  is fully responsible  for our own sins.

It is true  that Satan tempts us constantly.     But,  we do not have to fall  for his deceptions  when we know full well  that whatever the temptation is,  it is defying  God’s good will  for us.     We are also fully aware  that God is love.     We know  that God is pure  and holy  and desires only  what is truly best  for us  here on earth  and through all eternity.

That is why  we are so fearful.     We flubbed again  and the consequences  are eternal death.     Eternal death is something  we cannot face,  and so we blame  someone else  for our sins.

King David also experienced  the fear  of not wanting  to admit his sins.     In Psalm 32:1-5,  he confesses,

How blessed is he  whose transgression  is forgiven, 
Whose sin  is covered!
How blessed is the man  to whom the LORD  does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit  there is no deceit!   

When I kept silent  about my sin,  my body wasted away   
Through my groaning  all day long.
For day and night  Thy hand  was heavy upon me;
My vitality  was drained away  as with the fever-heat  of summer.

I acknowledged  my sin  to Thee,
And my iniquity  I did not hide;
I said,  “I will confess  my transgressions  to the LORD”‘
And Thou didst forgive the guilt  of my sin.

God is so willing  to forgive all our sins  when we humbly confess them  and admit our faults.     When we’re afraid  of God’s judgment  and try to hide our sins,  God tries to help us  face the facts  by laying His heavy hand  upon us.     In other words,  our conscience bothers us.     King David could not live  with a guilty conscience,  so he confessed his sins.

With the forgiveness he received  from God,  David could only sing,  “How blessed is he  whose transgression is forgiven,  whose sin is covered!”

Because we are so greatly blessed  by our heavenly Father  when we confess our sins,  it is good  to confess them  and then,  with grateful hearts,  to turn away  from our sins,  trusting God  to guide us  in His righteousness.

As we learn  to lean on God’s love  and wisdom  for our lives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You set us free  from our sins.     Now help us  to live only  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
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