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No Holding Back!
12/8/2008

No Holding Back!
    
     You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman.
     For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:4-5 (NIV)
    
    Imagine for a moment that you are a fish in a big beautiful pond, and that you are so content with everything that you could possibly want or need. There are no dangers within the water, and you have as much to eat, as you could possibly want. You have been told by the owner of the pond that you could eat anything within the water that he has shown you, but whatever you do, dont eat anything thrown into the water that he has not shown you because it will cause you to die.
    
    So youre swimming around enjoying the provisions and life is good; when suddenly, Plop! There in front of you something that catches your eye has been thrown into the water. It looks good, and youre tempted to bite into it, but you know that youre not suppose to eat it, because it is not something that you have been shown, and you have been told that it will lead to death. But the fisherman who threw it in the pond tells you otherwise; he tells you that it is good, and you will not die. So you eat it, and the next thing you know, you are on the end of a hook hanging there being handled and controlled by the lying fisherman.
    
    So, if you were this fish, would you get mad at, or blame the owner of the pond for the predicament that you are now in?
    
    Thats what Adam did in the Garden of Eden when Eve tempted him to eat of the forbidden fruit. She bit into the bait that Satan threw her way. And that bate that he threw was simply that God was in some way holding back from giving them something good.
    
    And that if they ate of the forbidden fruit, they would know good and evil, and that they would be like God (see Gen 3:5). This temptation has been circulating ever since that time with various new spins on it as Satan continues to whisper to us that, we will feel better if we somehow had what we dont have now. And that we need to get it any way we possibly can. If God loved you, Hed give it to you, like He gave it to the other person who has it. God is holding back from you, that which is good.
    
    The day that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden tree, their eyes were opened and they knew that they were naked. They were ashamed and covered up and attempted to hide from God because of their sin. They went from their existing life that was filled with peace, was carefree and fully dependent on God to one filled with fear and anxiety that was now self-centered. They had the knowledge of evil all right, and they powerless to do nothing about it.
    
    So what does Adam do, knowing that he has disobeyed God and sinned causing this upon himself? He points the finger at God and blames Him for his own poor sinful choice. He tells God, The woman You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate (see Gen 3:12).
    
    It seems like a silly thing to do in blaming God for ones sin, but we have been doing it ever since then. Proverbs 19 speaks of this.
    
    A mans own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the LORD. Proverbs 19:3 (NIV)
    
    So at the beginning of this devotion, I asked you to play the part of a fish to see what you would have done. So now Ill ask you to take another play another part. If you were God, what would you do if the one you created and gave life to, first did the opposite of what you told them to do, and then they attempted foolishly to blame you for their sin?
    
    I dont know how youre answering that question, but I can tell you with great confidence that you wouldnt have done what God has done; in that He sent His own son to take on all of our sin upon Himself to allow us to be right with Him through His son.
    
    God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
    
    It doesnt sound to me like God is holding anything back from us that is good. It sounds to me like He is still giving us everything that we could possibly need to live a great life, one that lasts for eternity.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: How did the God of the universe attempt to take care of Adam and our sins according to 2 Corinthians 5:21?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself, like Adam, shifting blame to others for poor choices on your part?
    
    APPLICATION: Call it like it is! Confess your sin, and seek the shelter of Gods provision through the propitiation of Jesus blood shed upon the cross of Calvary.
    
    Father, Thank You for not holding back the things that we need Lord. Thank You for Your provision in every aspect of my life. I am sorry for the times where I have doubted in those provisions. I place my faith in You alone this day Lord for all my needs. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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