Ever Since the Beginning, when man was created by the Lord God, and gave him a command to not seek the forbidden, mankind has never ceased in his quest to reach the knowledge of the unknown.
Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
To seek the forbidden is an ENTICEMENT or TEMPTATION!
Are we not all Tempted or Enticed to do that which we should not do?
(Feel free in the comments below to gice testimony how you were able to overcome the Temptation)
Eve ran into Temptation and was Enticed to enter into the rush and exilleration of rebellion and the taste of that which was forbidden.
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Now Folks! Right here, Eve stood with the lust of the eyes in full effect, and was Enticed or Tempted to eat this fruit which was forbidden!
What would you do, faced with this situation, without proof, that which was forbidden, would truly bring about what you were told it would do? Would you believe the commandment, or would you doubt the validity of it?
At this cross roads stood Eve! Resist, or experience the forbidden! What an exhilaration of emotions! What a rush of adrenalin as the decision was made!
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
The Command from God to not eat this forbidden fruit was VALID!
Mankind immediately was separated from their Creator, and their relationship with God was severed, and the LIE THAT THE FORBIDDEN WAS NOT REALLY FORBIDDEN, became an unreversable reality to Adam and Eve, and all Humanity that followed them, to this day.
In due time, the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth was born, with the purpose and intent to restore to mankind what Adam freely gave Satan in the Garden of Eden. The rulership of all that the hands of God had made. Through Jesus' life, death upon the Cross, Burial, and Resurrection, a way has been opened, for mankind to enter once again into that perfect relationship with God, and once again bask in the peace of pure fellowship with the Lord God Almighty. Faith in the Blood of Jesus, now brings this truth to reality, in the New Birth, a new creature in Christ.
Even now, in this our day and time, the Temptation to experience the forbidden is a never ending battle for the minds of mankind, even Born Again Christians, who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. That is because in the New Birth, the mind was not affected, but the Soul of Man is redeemed through grace, by faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus is now in Heaven making intercession for all who believe, but he is coming back to receive all who believe to himself, that they may be with him forever and ever, Amen.
Many in this hour and time, seek information from sources that are not of God.
This is forbidden!
Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Christians in these days, are being Enticed and Tempted to consult all these for information of the future, prosperity, love, jobs, and all other aspects of life. God forbids this activity from all who call on His Name.
JESUS WARNS US ALL!
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
None of us knows the time, or the day in which Jesus shall surely return. Keep yourselves in the Love of God, and stay away from that whidch is forbidden. The Internet, Social Media, and places of leisure and entertainment are packed full of Enticements and Temptations to play games to find out things in our future. These are Abominations to the Lord, and open doors into our lives through which Demonic forces begin to take control of different areas of our lives.............
Belive it or Not!
For the past two+ years, Spaceweather.com and the students of Earth to Sky Calculus have been monitoring cosmic rays in the atmosphere above California using high-altitude space weather balloons. After more than 100 flights, they find that dose rates have increased over the Golden State by 13% since March 2015.
Now we know the same thing is happening over New England--only more so.
The Earth to Sky team has flown balloons over Maine and New Hampshire four times since 2015, most recently on June 15, 2017. Although the data are relatively sparse compared to the better-sampled west coast, the results are clear. Radiation in the stratosphere over the northeastern corner of the USA is not only stronger than California, but also intensifying much faster--a 19% increase in New England vs. 13% in California.
What's happening? Generally speaking, cosmic rays are increasing throughout the entire solar system. This is because of the sunspot cycle. The sun is currently plunging toward a deep Solar Minimum. As it descends, the sun's weakening magnetic field and flagging solar wind provides less and less shielding against high-energy particles from deep space. Every planet in the Solar System is getting an extra dose.
The difference we see between California and New England is telling us something local about Earth. After the sun's magnetosphere deflects many cosmic rays, Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere provide another line of defense. Our data show that central California is better defended by geomagnetism than New England.
Cosmic rays penetrate commercial airlines, dosing passengers and flight crews enough that pilots are classified as occupational radiation workers. Some research shows that cosmic rays can seed clouds and trigger lightning, potentially altering weather and climate. Furthermore, there are studies ( #1, #2, #3, #4) linking cosmic rays with cardiac arrhythmias in the general population.
Information from Spaceweather.com
From birth to death, life is filled with choices, decisions, and circumstances, that create and build into us our mental and emotional self. As babies what we see, hear, and feel begin this process. Our parents instill in us our first impressions of the new world around us, and as we are helpless, we have no choice but to follow along the path set before us. By the age of 5, for the most part, we have all the mental and emotional foundations that will take us the rest of the way through life. After this the world and the life we live in it brings about the rest of it, and it can be good or horrible. Growing up is a whirlwind of emotions and choices that bring us into the adults we will become.
Very early in life we begin to exhibit our inborn human nature. Manipulation, anger, jealousy, malice, greed, resentfulness, bitterness, and the list goes on. Here it is needed to say that this nature is not really the nature of humans, but is rather the nature of the god of this world, and we inherited it from Adam at his fall in the Garden of Eden. This human nature, does in fact create circumstances in our lives that can and will in later years take control of our everyday life, and the interaction with others, bringing us to a place that holds us captive, and when we attempt to do good, can and will rise up within us, take control of us, and cause us to do that which we do not want to do. Romans 7:14-20 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
The circumstances in our lives that have the greater emotional trauma go deep down under the surface of our personality, and embed into our soul and spirit, and it is here that the prison of circumstance is constructed by the enemy of our souls, to hold us captive, and to have a throne of authority from which to rule over us, and hold us in mental and emotional misery. Powerful guards called principalities, ( Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places) are stationed at the gates of this prison, and at any attempt on our part to get out, they immediately take control of our mental and emotional faculties, and force us even deeper into this dark dungeon, and can bring on all sorts of ailments, especially of the emotional sort. Without the Saving Grace of God, and the Shed Blood of Jesus Christ, it is impossible to escape, and live above our circumstances, and be free from Lucifer’s power and authority.
For a moment, let us examine what these demonic forces used to build this stronghold or prison in our spirit and soul. The building blocks of this stronghold are “WORDS”. Yes, I said, they are words. Words have tremendous spiritual power, whether they be good words or bad and harmful words. God created all that is, except for man, out of nothing, with words. These were words of “FAITH,” and carried great power and authority. Then He created man, out of what He had created with words. Then He gave man the same ability to create with words. All too often what we create with our words is destructive. If then, these strongholds are created out of words, they can also be torn down with words. The more we rehearse the circumstances, the stronger the stronghold becomes. We cannot see or understand this without the Spirit of God dwelling in us. Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart Colossians 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
When a person, no matter at what age, accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the gates to this stronghold are immediately unlocked. Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. At the instant that we are born again, through faith in Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. At this moment, we are become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22.
Even though all things old have passed away, and all things have become new, the memories of the past circumstances of life remain with us. The doors of the prison have been unlocked, and all we need do is walk out, and believe God, and live above all that is in the past, but, human nature is to hold on to past hurts and pains, and to keep them close to us to remind us to not let others get too close………This keeps us under the influences of the demonic powers that constructed the stronghold to begin with,,,,so, here we are, born again, washed in the Blood of the Lamb, made the righteousness of God, are holy, and set apart as the child of God; hanging on to luggage full of life’s maltreatment, and our souls full of insecurities. How then do we tear down these strongholds, and learn to live above what life has dealt us in the past?
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 * And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
From this passage, we can see and understand that our mental and emotional selves can be transformed, by renewing the mind. To renew, is to restore, or make like new. Then this being true, our mind must have been some other way than it is now, or else it could not be renewed. The only person who ever in all of history that ever had a mind that was in complete fellowship with God was Adam. In his fall from fellowship, he lost the mental, emotional, and spiritual relationship with his Creator. From him we have inherited the nature of the enemy of God, and it has transformed our minds, and our spirits into a life of destruction and death.
Now, when we are born again, and old things pass away, and we become a new creature in Christ Jesus, our body, and mind did not gain anything from it. Our soul, and spirit, are made alive, and filled with life and light, but our mind and our body are still subject to the nature of death.
Paul tells us in Romans that our minds can be changed, renewed, brought into a relationship the Creator once again.
I am born again, made alive in Christ Jesus, but my mind is still trapped in the old world. I need to get my mind caught up with my spirit and soul. How this is done is by causing it to receive information from the Word of God, and come into agreement with it, call it truth. The more time a Christian spends reading, and meditating the Word of God, the faster this transformation takes place. I hear Christians say all the time……..Well, I just don’t read the Bible much. And they wonder why they cannot get the Victory!
You see, when you become born again, your soul and spirit are living in one kingdom, and your mind is living in another,,,,,you are divided, and the house will fall. Our mind can be brought into the same kingdom our spirit lives in, by feeding it the Word of God. Making the Word and Will of God of greater value than the old values from the world. As we begin this journey of renewing the mind, little by little, we begin to see victory in areas of our lives, and as truth comes, freedom increases in our thought life. When Gods Word rules our minds, then the emotional traumas that we experienced in years past, begin to lose their power, and ability to hold us in fear, doubt, and anxiety.
The more Word you feed your mind the greater power you have over the enemy, and in the end he loses his hold on your mind, and real freedom comes. It takes time, a lot of work, dedication, and perseverance.
The Holy Spirit is right there with you, leading you, teaching you, and giving you the power to overcome the enemy and walk free in Christ…………Live free my brothers and sisters in the Lord, live free.
written by pastor Dave, August 2012
1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.