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But the Fruit Looks Godly!

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.(Gen 3:6)

I have read this verse a million times in my journey as a Christian. But today...the Lord showed me something different...a jewel that I want to share with you.

What I know: The serpent deceived Eve that day in the Garden and Eve proceeded to offer the deception to her husband...this, we all know.

What I don't know: WHY was Eve deceived?  There are MANY theological answers for this question, but what my eyes were opened to this morning was this: The serpent appealed to Eve's innermost desire...what God had created her to be...helpmate, nurturer and cultivator of hearts and beauty.

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Eve saw the tree was good for Food...Proverbs 31:14-16 "She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard." (italics added)

It was a delight to her eyes... Proverbs 31:21 "She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple." (italics added)

It would Make one wise...Proverbs 31:25,26  "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (italics added)

I see a woman who thought she was fulfilling the very desires God had placed in her inmost being...the desire to provide a full table, beautiful clothing and home and to speak wisdom and truth. Wasn't the serpent cunning????

I know many times we think the Lord is placing an opportunity on our hearts, because "after all...it fulfills His calling on my life." BUT NOTHING God asks you to do will EVER go against his Word...not even if it the fruit LOOKS Godly! Scripture tells us that Satan masquerades as an angel of light! (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) This is a great warning to us...a great big "BEWARE" sign from the Lord!

Eve should have stopped and said..."All these are fruit will fulfill the desires of my heart...but what did GOD say? He said DO NOT EAT of this tree! I don't understand...I don't understand...but I WILL follow what I KNOW you have said."  Isn't that all the Lord is asking of us...obedience...so that he may give us TRUE life, and not one filled with pits and worms?

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.(Pro 31:30)

It's about seeking HIM...in ALL our ways...even when the Fruit Looks Godly.

May Wisdom be in our Hearts and our Guide be the Holy Spirit. May we smell the spoil despite the beauty that our eyes behold.

Katie

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A Balancing Act

I am in constant state of BALANCING knowledge, wisdom and daily life.  I SO often want to bury my head in the sand and pretend that All is well in the world and that we can just keep on keeping on...but I know I cannot. Scripture says, "my people perish for Lack of Knowledge."  It also says that IF I acknowledge Him in all I do...He will direct my path. I know that if I want to follow, chase after His ways, and obey, I have to live as though this world doesn't matter...yet, at the same time...I have to care about the PEOPLE in this life.  The impact I can possibly have. The lives I can possibly touch. It IS a Balance Act.

I am praying for wisdom.  I am praying for strength, courage, timing, compassion and how to effectively impart the Word of God and His Ways to my children and those around me. I am seeking after His direction...still struggling with the mundane and how it all fits together in the Big Picture.

I am praying for clarity.

I am praying...

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Unlearned and Ignorant? God WILL Use You!

Often Satan comes to attack my thoughts!  I know, I know...this NEVER happens to you, does it?! He often asks..."Who do you think you are?" "What makes you think you are qualified to discuss the Word with anyone...you haven't been to school for that..." "Why do you think you can lead other women?" Intentional Living

Well...I know that my authority is not in a degree hanging on the wall...my wisdom and knowledge is not from a professor telling me what I believe or how to interpret the word.  I don't know everything! I don't even know a fraction of what God has written in His Word! BUT...I do Love the Lord...Seek after Him...try to Obey...and Earnestly Long to KNOW Him and His ways.

"Now when they (Annas the high priest and Caiaphas) saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus." Acts 4 :13

You see, when have been with Jesus His boldness, power, love, wisdom, compassion, righteousness...etc, shows through us!  When we have been with Jesus we have all the "schooling" we need to teach, preach, heal, pray over, minister to and love others. 

"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."2 Peter 1:3-4

I am thankful that the Lord has seen it fit to equip His children with ALL they need.  I am so glad that he has called us sons and daughters and in doing so, given us the keys to live for Him, follow after Him and share His majesty with others.

Don't believe the Lies that are being whispered in your ear! Remember...the God of the universe just wants you...He will do the rest!

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Prayer For You

We serve a Powerful, Loving God!  This morning my heart is praying for each of you that reads my blog, and for others that are "fighting the good fight of faith". Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday...seeking His face, His presence and His will, enjoying family and friends, and basking in the richness of His love for each of us...for we ARE His children.

"For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you, and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:16-21

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