Friday, January 12, 2018

Fw: two bites of the apple

Genesis 3: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.
When Satan tempted Eve with the fruit of the one tree that she and Adam were not to eat, she showed us the drama of sin as it plays out in our lives as well.  It occurred to me that Satan knew just what "buttons to push"...what would appeal to the eye, to the stomach and to the ego.  And before Eve actually ate the fruit physically, in her mind she had eaten it already with anticipation.  She bought the expectation of fulfilled desire, was absolutely convinced that everything she wanted would be realized with tasting, chewing and swallowing it (and she also was convinced that she knew this better than God!). 
It takes "two bites of the apple to sin".  First we become convinced that what we know is wrong is actually right (because we know better than God somehow...or we rationalize that it may be wrong from God's point of view...but we prefer our point of view.)  This is the first bite.  The second bite just follows through on what has already been determined somewhere within us.
No wonder we need to guard the inputs to our mind.  Satan knows our weaknesses and will exploit them.  But God is made perfect in our weakness and if we fill our thoughts with His we are more likely to be convinced of the outcome of His promises and this is the first bite of the good fruit of faith.  The second bite follows through to put faith into action.
Walking in obedience to God means being careful about making the first bite (even before we have actually tasted the fruit)!
"Death is inevitable.  Life is a choice!"

John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."

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