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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

The serpent is more crafty and slick than any of the wild animals the Lord God has made. He asked me, did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden? I told him that we can eat fruit from the trees in the garden, just not from the tree in the middle of the garden. I must not even touch it or I will die. The serpent said to me that I will not certainly die. For God knows that when I eat from it my eyes will be opened, and I will be like God, knowing good and evil. I looked at this fruit and it was pleasing to my eyes. It actually looked good for food and was able to bring me wisdom. Feels so good, how could it be bad? My body desires pleasure, and my heart wants more knowledge. I have decided to take a bite of this sinful fruit and please myself. As I chew and swallow this sin in my heart. I noticed I am not dead like God said I would be. Have I gotten away with willfull sin? I go for another bite, this time deeper into my flesh and lust pours out all over me. My eyes are opened to the sinful surroundings around me, I feel everything and know the good and evil of a thing. All of a sudden in my pleasureful doubt, guilt begins to drip down into my hands, into my arms and into my heart. The juices of sin make my body out of whack. The guilt and shame I feel because I know what is evil and good consumes me. Strangely naked of mind and out of my element, I feel so alone in the aftermath of my sin. Oh like a hand out of troubled waters, I hear God call out to me, Where are you? My Lord, I gave into sin again and allowed guilt and shame into my life. I confess my sins, forgive me Jesus for my arrogance. I am hiding in the trees of the garden concealing my guilt. You call me out from the place of my sin and cover me with your robe of righteousness. The knowledge of good and evil is wearing away at this body and I will die like God has said. But my spirit in Christ is being renewed daily and I will live forever covered by his grace. Meditate Gen. 3:1-18, 21-24

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