Sept 10, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Genesis 3:1-24
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psa 14:1)
We must gladly choose the authority of God over the authority of the devil. The devil has been trying to usurp the authority of God ever since he vowed to exalt himself above God in heaven (Isaiah 14:14). In his introduction to Adam and Eve in the Garden, he raised the false possibility to Eve that he knew more than God.
This master of deceit with great success has trumpeted, “Yea hath God said?” down through the ages. Men and women continue to listen to him at great loss to their souls. Why do you choose to listen to him when it costs you so much? Oh, I know that it sounds so good; his tantalizing offers of freedom from accountability, and his teasing suggestions that no one will ever find out.
His questioning God’s divine right to us as our Creator goes on and on until we find an entire society and culture sliding rapidly into hell alongside the devil. Moral law is being thrown out of courts all over the world. Remember this: If you don’t want to do business with the devil, do not hang around his shop.
In the same whining tones, the devil questioned Eve with, “Yea hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden?” he asks the same today, “Yea hath God said, ye shall not commit adultery, and have multiple partners? Yea hath God said that you shall not defile yourself by being effeminate or engaging in sodomy? Yea hath God said that ye shall not be self-serving, and ignore your neighbor’s needs? Yea hath God said that you cannot be covetous or a fornicator, idolater, thief, or drunkard and still inherit the kingdom of heaven?”
We return to the opening challenge. We must choose the authority of God. To bow before the god of this world is to choose our own delusion. God has said many things in his Word to guide us to life eternal. Will we listen and obey?
~~ James Baer