A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Matt 12:36

 

Brothers and Sisters who choose not to be offended by what God allows,

 

Give me your ears, my feet are dancing. I want to share what God revealed to me this week in hopes that it may help someone else. We all know what it is at times to struggle with unbelief. If I am in a time of faith, I do not understand how I could fall into unbelief ever again. If it is a time of unbelief, a faith walk is nebulous and feels out of reach as I drift back to the world’s system of thinking and I question if I will ever know it again?

 

How easily we are sucked into the world’s system of thinking especially if we do not balance our life with reading and digesting (applying) God’s word daily.

 

"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it." niv

 

Think of Eve… she decided the fruit from a certain tree, the forbidden one, looked to be the answer to meet her immediate need. Notice she didn’t seek out God and spend time with Him nor did she request anything of Him. And where was Adam? Eve was consumed with the fruit before her eyes, it filled her vision clouding her mind, and was coupled with Satan’s trap to capture and enslave.  Not only beautiful fruit full of promise, here was Satan in colorful array, disguised and full of deadly poison and beguiling promises, this was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and she imagined the beautiful looking fruit was as sweet and tasty as it appeared and she desired to be wise! Isn’t that what the serpent had promised? This was a new experience and exciting… quickly decided, she reached for the fruit and without hesitation she tasted the forbidden and turned to beguile Adam to join her, disobeying God’s command. They chose to eat the only thing God had forbidden and thereby chose death.

 

For the first time there was a burning stench in the garden and an overwhelming feeling of unexplainable confusion, heaviness, and loss and all of which dissipated into the growing darkness. It magnified the strange emptiness and yes, hopelessness they now felt. Adam and Eve knew for the first time they were not only naked, but they knew what it was to have sinned against the Holy God. The excitement they had felt was gone. They knew what it was to feel shame and guilty. They were vulnerable. For the first time they experienced an unwelcome and overpowering sense of fear. And they hid!

 

 We probably do not have to think too hard to bring up a time when we gave in to temptation that ended up changing our lives. We play out a similar scene whenever we are tempted we fall into the world’s system of thinking to solve problems, seek advice or find comfort in shopping, eating or we exercise or often indulge in sin.

 

Thus is the story of sin. It is powerful. It holds out promises yet is without truth or rewards and ends in death.

 

 So we rationalize convincing ourselves something is innocent or harmless. Like the Corpse Flower from Sumatra, our sin will grow into full bloom and the putrid fragrance of a dying thing fills our nostrils with regret. We play out the same scene every time we give in to temptation instead of dying to sin.  We will never know resurrection power in and through us without dying daily and taking up our cross! Where there is no death there can be no resurrection!

 

A young man I know made a very bad choice at 18. It will haunt him, maybe the rest of his life. It has hurt his family. Their are people who are holding on to this to hurt him, they cannot be reached over the Internet. It has split our family and we have experienced great pain and grief. A miracle is the only answer.

 

 Just as the miracle of the Corpse Flower, God’s amazing creation, it miraculously blooms every 7 to 10 years and is beautiful to look at, this flower gives off the terrible, gagging fragrance of death and rotting things. So too, our words and actions can lead to death; in the end all that attracts us in the world will be disappointing. Instead we are to be the fragrance of Christ. The flowers odor attracts flies and insects but begins to disintegrate after just two days. It is nothing but a big disappointment to the flies and other carrion insects, just as the fruit Eve ate left life rotting and smelling of death. Unlike other plants that offer nectar, there's no real reward here.  Satan offered Eve rewards, but it was lies. The insects want a meal because it smells like something dead and end up without a thing.

 

 ( Corpse Flower may grow 10-20 feet tall)       

 

My grace IS sufficient for you… … . II Cor 12:9 True? Yes, true.

This is what God has shown me… If we should lose everything we love, friends, health, wealth, even family… and life is profoundly disappointing, is Jesus enough? ‘Yes’ is our automatic answer, the right one, but in the middle of the muddle, and we are in great pain, are we not tempted to live by our feelings? We do not feel like Jesus is enough. But the truth is, Jesus is always enough. It is never a question of Him being sufficient, but a question of my faith, trusting Him to be enough for me. Am I walking in faith and trusting Him even when feelings are masterfully pulling at me?

 

“Look out for tokens of good, you who are fighting the good fight. The fight is good no doubtful weapons are we ever called upon to use, thank God. Tokens are things we may ask and receive, as we fight on and do not allow ourselves to be dismayed or discouraged by the power of the great adversary.” Ac

 

Keep your eyes on Christ. (Hebrews 12:2) Wear the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

 

Do not miss the daily bread of His blessing, in the press of life! They are Hope and help and comfort! Bless you dear Brothers and Sisters, Fight the good fight of faith! May God’s grace be all over you. Do not be deceived by ‘looks’ or ‘feelings’! Walk by faith.

 To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood. Revelation 1:5

Much love dear ones,

 

az

 



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Comment by Barbara Jean Luxford on October 26, 2013 at 3:02pm

Beautiful !  Thank you!!

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