Doubt

Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)

But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

Then the Holy Spirit goes on to say in Hebrews 3:7-15 (NIV)

So, as the Holy Spirit  says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts

as you did in the rebellion,

during the time of testing in the desert,

where your fathers tested and tried me

and for forty years saw what I did.

That is why I was angry with that generation,

and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,

and they have not known my ways.’

So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts

as you did in the rebellion.

 

Let me just confess right now… I have doubt and disbelief. I have struggles and I have fear. Many times I lack courage and become full of anger. The crazy thing is that during these times when I struggle the most if I choose to have faith in God and His abilities, the result is, I have peace in spite of my circumstances. On the other hand, when I choose to doubt God and His abilities I find myself in a full bore pity party and I quickly spiral downward into a dark hole I can’t seem to crawl out of on my own. Can you relate?

I don’t start out doubting God, His goodness or even His abilities, so how does it happen? Well let me bring you to the book of Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

So God is telling Adam and Eve the rules. Then along comes the serpent in Genesis 3:1-7 (NIV) it says:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”

“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.”

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. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Let’s go back and dissect what has happened so far. So first God tells Adam and Eve the rules then the serpent comes and tricks Eve. Then Eve sins by grabbing the forbidden fruit and eating it and then gives it to her husband and he eats it sinning as well. Then they are ashamed realizing their sin and cover themselves with leaves.

If we look back and really look deep into how this could’ve happened we begin to see a deeper picture. The DOUBT, was introduced when the serpent says in Genesis 3:1 says: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?”

So then Eve immediately responds to the serpent trying to fight this battle on her own. She responds by saying: “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.”

Is that really what God said? Lets take another look at what He said. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

You see Eve answered the serpent by her own memory and her own understanding of what God said. God said they were free to eat from any TREE in the garden, God said they must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when they eat of it they will surely die.

Eve said we may eat FRUIT from the trees in the garden but we must not eat FRUIT from the tree in the middle of the garden and we must not touch it or we will die. Did you catch it yet? Eve added the word fruit and not to eat fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden and that they couldn’t touch it. Then what happened next? Genesis 3:6-7 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. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Eve convinced herself right into sinning by the doubt, THE WHY. Eve tried to defeat the serpent on her own. By not asking God to reaffirm what He meant and what He had said Eve was left with her own thoughts, her own understanding and wisdom. Which led her and her husband into sin.

Many times I have found myself trying to defeat the enemy on my own. I start out reciting God’s truth but easily stumble, but it kind of sounded right. Then I convince myself what I said was good, pleasing to others, desirable. “Wow what good wisdom I think to myself. Then WHAM BOOM BANG……doubt, defeat, sin, anger, and worry surround me and my peace, joy, and love are nowhere to be found. Until……

REPENTANCE…..

I forget how easily I can come to the foot of the cross and repent asking Jesus for forgiveness of my sins and He forgives me and restores my relationship with Him once again. His love and mercies are new every morning and ohh how I need Him.

I share this with you to encourage you. Your not alone in your struggles, your sin , or defeat. The enemy uses the same tactics on you and me as he did years ago in the garden with Eve. But God has defeated him and the enemy is under our feet. Today walk in victory and faith knowing God has given us freedom from the lies and tricks of the enemy. Have faith knowing God is good all the time. We can come to Him and ask our questions, share our concerns and worries and He is faithful and just to answer.

 

 

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