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Adam’s Spiritual Death 

When did Adam die spiritually? I will contend that Adam died spiritually before he ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, eating the fruit was “the fruit” of his already perceived separation from God. 

Remember, Adam ate from the tree thinking he could become like God forgetting that he was already made in the image and likeness of God. He attempted to become something that he already was. He didn’t have to become like God because God made him who he was. Just as God says “I Am Who I Am”, Adam simply was who he was because God made him that way, perfect. There was nothing Adam could do to add to his image. 

When Adam ate that forbidden fruit, he was essentially acting upon what he already wrongly believed was true about himself; that he needed to be like God. 

Jesus said “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27‭-‬28

He was saying to those who trusted in the law, that they have learned that breaking the law meant to act upon their lust when in reality they broke it when they entertained even the thought of  it. 

In the same manner God commanded  Adam not to eat from that tree because he would surely die, but Jesus’ teaching shows that it wasn’t the act of eating that caused his separation from God but the very idea and false belief  that he was separated in the first place, and THAT was when he died.

To “know” your wife biblically is to become one with her. Eternal life is to be ONE with God. Jesus put it this way, “And this is eternal life, that they may know (be one with) You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3. You have been made ONE with God. Any attempt or belief to become something the Father has already made you is spiritual death. All we can do be a reflection of what God has already made us. 

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Adam Was Up To Know Good

Adam was so obsessed with knowing what was good, healthy, beautiful, and wise that it led to the fall of mankind. Adam walked innocently with God in the garden. His nakedness was never a thought until he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We cannot know good without simultaneously learning evil. Adam desired to be like God forgetting that he was already made in God’s image and likeness. When Adam ate from the tree he immediately KNEW he was naked, he covered HIMSELF, hid HIMSELF from God’s presence, and upon hearing God’s voice was afraid and ashamed of his own nakedness. Adam’s nakedness didn’t change God’s mind about Adam, Adam changed His mind about God. He now saw God as a judge of good and evil rather than a loving Father. God never even considered Adam’s sin and asked him “who told you that you were naked?” in other words “who told that you sinned?” It wasn’t God who saw Adam as naked, he was always naked! It was Adam who saw Adam as naked. Adam didn’t lose His sonship, he lost his mind! God never intended for us to relate to Him in terms of good and evil or right and wrong. When we do we judge ourselves and as a result see God as judging us. We were designed to walk innocently with God whether we are clothed or not. Don’t eat from the wrong tree. Pursue life and truth and love and the fruit of it will be all good.

 
 

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The Faith OF Jesus 

Ask yourself. Do you think your faith would be stronger if you had the faith of Jesus instead of your own? If so, there’s good news! 

The Bible says you died with Christ and it is no longer you who live but Christ who lives in you. Therefore the faith you exercise and operate in is not your own but the faith OF Jesus. 

The NKJV’s translation would lead you to think it’s about you and YOUR faith IN Christ. 

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith IN the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 NKJV

But looking at the King James and the Young’s Literal Translation and you’ll see this in a whole new light. 

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith OF the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 KJV

“with Christ I have been crucified, and live no more do I, and Christ doth live in me; and that which I now live in the flesh–in the faith I live OF the Son of God, who did love me and did give himself for me;” Galatians 2:20 YLT98

Check out this verse too;

“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith IN Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith IN Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. Galatians 2:16 NKJV

But it wasn’t YOUR faith in Christ that justified you. It was HIS faith that justified you. 

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith OF Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith OF Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16 KJV

“having known also that a man is not declared righteous by works of law, if not through the faith OF Jesus Christ, also we in Christ Jesus did believe, that we might be declared righteous by the faith OF Christ, and not by works of law, wherefore declared righteous by works of law shall be no flesh.” Galatians 2:16 YLT98

So if you’re struggling with whether the faith you have is sufficient. The answer is YES! Believe and know that HIS faith IS your faith. HE is the author and finisher of your faith. Don’t just have faith IN Jesus, exercise the faith OF Jesus!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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Never Hunger, Never Thirst 

Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall NEVER hunger, and he who believes in Me shall NEVER thirst.

John 6:35

All you need is one bite, one drink. Look within and realize He has given you “ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness” 2 Peter 1:3. There is no amount of “doing” that will bring into your life what God has already freely given. 

He told the woman at the well “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will NEVER thirst.”

Why won’t you ever thirst again? Because “the water that I shall give him will become IN HIM a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:13‭-‬14

There’s no need to be continuously drawing water from a well when you already have His living water SPRINGING UP from a FOUNTAIN already WITHIN YOU! He doesn’t even make you work for it. No more drawing from a well with a bucket. It’s an ever springing fountain! NEVER HUNGER, NEVER THIRST! Look within and know He is always with you. Only believe.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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A Cain and Abel; The Lesser Known Story


We’re all familiar with Cain and Abel. At least the part where Cain kills Abel. But there is another short story about them prior to that incident that doesn’t get much attention and that’s probably because we don’t really understand why it happened the way it did. It has to do with the offerings the brothers brought the Lord. 

Have you ever wondered why Abel’s gift was respected and Cain’s wasn’t? The bible doesn’t really say. The new testament says Cain’s works were evil and Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice through which he obtained witness that he was righteous. That’s about all we know, but what does that even mean?

“Abel was a keeper of sheep and Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry and his countenance fell.” Genesis 4:2-5

Now it comes as no surprise that God was obviously distracted and gazed upon this perfect firstborn lamb that was offered to Him. Sound familiar? I imagine He was daydreaming. But no offense Cain.

They both brought offerings of the fruit of their labor, so why respect one and not the other?

When we give a gift to someone out of love, we don’t expect anything back in return. We are not giving to gain favor with them or get something from them. Acceptance of the gift is appreciated but not required. We simply give because we love or care. 

What happens when we don’t give out of love? We give to gain respect, recognition, love, acceptance, attention, favor, or to please. When we receive none of that in return, we become hurt, angry, sad, jealous, etc. 

“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you DO well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not DO well, sin lies at the door.”

So much of our time is spent TRYING to please God. DOING things to be accepted and loved and blessed by Him. That does NOT get God’s attention. Why? Because you’ve always had His attention. You have always had His love and acceptance. You have always had His favor and He’s always been pleased to call you His own. 

Cain is like the prodigal son’s brother? He was angry and told his father “many years I have been SERVING you; I NEVER TRANSGRESSED your commandments, and YET YOU NEVER GAVE ME…”

What did the father tell him? “Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours!”

The root of Cain’s problem was not his offering. It wasn’t even his sin. His sin was only the result of wrong believing. He thought he could gain something from God that he already had, righteousness. 

We too, need to rest in knowing He already loves and accepts you and there’s nothing you can do to earn that or change that.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Inspirational, spiritual

 

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