In the world but not of it

November 26, 2010

Starts with a look…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. Genesis 3:6

Notice the progression in Eve’s response to the enemy’s subtle temptation. It began with a look. It usually begins with a look. Our eyes tend to wander. We love to look.

Looking often leads to wanting. The desire for that thing stirs up inside us. We begin to think about it more and more. We rationalize why we need it or should have it.

Wanting often leads to taking. Once the desire to have it matures, we take it. Sometimes we take it regardless of how we will feel afterwards.

Satan presented Eve with something visually pleasing and tempting. He then played on her emotions of desire and want and she willingly bought into the whole suggestion.

She saw, she wanted and then she took it. The ultimate objective of the enemy was achieved.

Eve took some of the fruit and she tasted it. Too often we condemn ourselves for the temptations we experience, the looking and the wanting. But temptation is not sin. When we give into the temptation and partake then it becomes sin. When we cross the line of looking and wanting and are actually now fully engaged and tasting then we have allowed that very temptation from the enemy to become a part of us for that moment.

What is worse is that Eve then “gave some” to her husband. The effect of a sin in our lives doesn’t stop with us. It typically spills over onto the lives of those around us. In the same way that the blessings in our lives impact others so do the curses, the very things we partake of that infect us.

Where did it all go wrong? When she took of the fruit?

No, it went wrong when she looked…

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