Take a walk with me through the Garden of Eden. In it exists flowers of every type and color. The trees vary in height and width with beautifully colored leaves. Fruit trees are scattered among the land and one bite explodes with goodness. The vegetables are tasty and crisp beyond our imaginations. Every meal is satisfying and fulfilling all at once.
The water from the four rivers flowing out of Eden is pristine clear and satisfies any thirst. The smell of the air in Eden is a clean, fresh smell. The sun never burns your skin and the cold never causes frostbite.
Your’e always at peace and always at rest because there is no worry, no doubt, no fear in Eden.
In Eden, there is no separation from God. You walk and commune with Him daily. He knows your thoughts before one ever existed and He responds. He shares His secrets with you and calls you friend. You are His and He is yours.
Every desire you have, every wish you can think, God joyfully fulfills. Not because He has to. He does it because it is His desire for you. He prepared a place for you to ensure you’d have everything you need and to ensure your enjoyment. You are created for His glory and He wants to shower you with His love and loving-kindness.
Can you imagine what life was like for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? To never want for anything? Never having to work for anything? To never be separated from God, but always walk and talk with God?
The two of them really did have heaven on earth. Which makes me wonder, as so many of us have at some time in our life, why would they throw it all away?
I don’t have all of the answers, but the bible tells me Eve was deceived by Satan.
The trickery of deceit is that it causes one to travel the road of uncertainty and doubt. Eve was living a life of fulfillment and she and Adam had “everything” their hearts could ever desire, but…
But, Satan deceived Eve in to believing that God had not already given her His best. She began to wonder if God was holding something back from her. She had everything, but the enemy convinced her there was more. More that God hadn’t shared with her. More that God wasn’t willing to give her. She was deceived into believing God was holding out on her.
Many assume Eve knew God’s Word about not eating from the tree in the center of the garden because her husband shared it with her. I agree. However, in Genesis 3, Eve tells the serpent “God said” not to eat from the one tree or you shall surely die, which leads me to believe God directly spoke to Eve about it.
So what caused the uncertainty? The uncertainty came when Satan asked Eve one simple question…”Did God really say you must not eat the fruit of any of the trees in the garden?”
In that one question, a seed of doubt and uncertainty was planted in the mind of Eve. Additionally, to seal the deal, Satan tells her “You won’t die” and the bible says Eve was convinced.
The road of uncertainty is a dangerous road to travel. Like Eve, we must unpack the truth of God’s Word and pack luggage filled with doubt and insecurity to travel on that road.
Eve bought into the biggest lie of the enemy. The lie that made her believe she isn’t who God says she is and she doesn’t have access to the fullness of God.
Satan hasn’t changed his tricks. He pulls out the same cards and plays the same hand with us.
Like Eve, we may start out quoting what “God said”, because we’ve read His Word and we’ve encountered His love for us throughout our lives at various times.
But, we listen to the enemy whispering to us…
“Did God really mean He would supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus?”
“Are you really an heir to the kingdom of God?”
“Are you really seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus?”
“If you are an overcomer by the blood, why didn’t you…?”
“If God really loves you, then why are you going through…?”
If you’ve ever heard these uncertainties whispered in your ear, your in good company.
The enemy tried to take our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord Almighty, down the same road of uncertainty. The difference is when Jesus quoted what “God said” in His Word, He held on to His confession and didn’t back down. Then He commanded the enemy to “get thee behind me Satan”.
God wants us to know that we are in this world, but not of this world. We are to believe we have everything we need already in Him. We are to live expecting miracles and blessings, decreeing and declaring His kingdom come, His will be done on earth in our lives as it is in heaven.
3 John 1:2 says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.
Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
He has given us the power to bind things on earth and they shall be bound in heaven as well as loose things on earth and they shall be loosed in heaven, according to Matthew 18:18.
The bible declares in John 4:17 as Christ is, so are we. Is Christ in heaven worrying about the bills, stressing about the job, stressing about the kids, loosing sleep. No! Therefore, confess as Christ is, so are you. He has no lack, deprivation, poverty, sickness or disease in His life. Neither do you or I if we choose to believe.
Again, the biggest trick of the enemy is to make believers doubt they have everything they need in God. The bible says that God knows what we have need of before we ask. Therefore, decree and declare the Word of God over your life. Like Jesus, don’t back down and don’t travel the road of uncertainty. Stand on God’s promises and watch circumstances begin to change in your life.
Testimony: I was not meeting sales goals on my job as well as a few other team goals I needed to meet. My boss was very hard on me, sometimes to the point of being just plain mean and nasty, and she confessed to being a Christian. I began praying to the Lord and asking how can I be failing at this job. I’m a child of God and there should be no failure in me. I felt a rise in me that agreed with me and I also felt led to pray for my boss, my organization, and for my entire team. Then I looked up scriptures that indicated who I am in Christ and began reading, praying, and confessing those scriptures over my life. My sales doubled and I met all of my goals for the month.The icing on the cake is that I got hired for a new job as well. I am who God says I am and I have everything I need in Him already. Amen.
May God’s love overwhelm you,