2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided
devotion to Christ will be corrupt, just as Eve was deceived by the
cunning ways of the serpent. 4 You happily put up with what ever
anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one
we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received,
or a different kind of gospel than the one you believe.”
2 Corinthians states ….JUST AS EVE WAS DECEIVED BY THE CUNNING
WAYS OF THE SERPENT….

Genesis 3: 1-7 “1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all wild animals
the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, ” Did God really
say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the
woman replied. 3 “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.” 4 “You won’t die!”
the serpent replied to the woman. 5 God knows that your eyes will be
opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both
good and evil.” 6 The woman WAS CONVINCED. She saw that the tree was
beautiful and it’s fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom
it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. then
she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and suddenly felt shame at
their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover
themselves.”

Adam and Eve were in the garden, doing what God told them to do.
This shrewd serpent began to speak to Eve and Adam (…..who was
with her….(vs. 6)) The serpent question Eve about what God had
told them to do and not to do. Eve listen to the serpent. She
focused on it’s every lying word. Then she was convinced to disobey
God. (2 Cor.11.3) “But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided
devotion to Christ will be corrupt, just as Eve was deceived by the
cunning ways of the serpent.”) Eve took the fruit, realized how
beautiful it was and ate it. Then she gave it to Adam, who was there
with her, but never said a word. He just listened and obviously was
convinced as well. He took the fruit from Eve and ate it. Adam and
Eve didn’t say, hey serpent let us talk to God about this and we
will get back to you. They didn’t discuss it among themselves. They
were convinced because of a serpent. They took it among themselves
to disobey God and eat the fruit that would “give them wisdom”. Adam
and Eve were focused on the serpent’s lying words and were convinced
that the serpents words were right and God’s words were wrong. God
is not a lye. (2 Cor. 4 you happily put up with whatever anyone
tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we
preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or
a different kind of gospel than the one you believe.”) Satan
adjusted their focus on the one thing that God told them, to stay
away from. Satan made it sound like it was not a big deal to sin
against God and that they would be like God with wisdom. So Eve
began to focus on Satan’s words which lead her focus to herself and
how she could benefit from disobeying God. Adam jumped on the train
with her. I’m sure he wanted to be as wise as his wife. They acted
without thinking about the consequences of their actions. Because of
their sin, they were evicted from their home. Eve’s pain during
pregnancy and birth was sharpened. The land became cursed with
thorns and thistles and Adam had to work to get food from it. They
went from paradise with God to working, laboring, pain, sweat and
tears because of sin. God is not a liar, Adam and Eve worked all
their life, they had children and they died. All this happened
because for one split second, they focused on something that God
told them not to and they acted on it. The consequences were huge!
This fruit changed their lives. Although God stilled loved them, I’m
sure He was very hurt. They only had one rule and they chose to
break it. When we are focus on the situation around us and on
ourselves, it can be overwhelming. If we act without God, the
consequences can be huge and can make our life very difficult. Why
do we put God in a box and try to fix our situation our self? What
makes us think that we are wiser and can do a better job than God?
Why do we constantly focus on ourselves and how this life will
benefit us? Why can’t we learn from Adam and Eve? Why do we worry
about anything? Let us turn our focus off of the world, our
situations and us and redirect it to God and His word. Let us be
overwhelmed with God’s Peace and Joy. Any every situation Focus on
God!!!

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