And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”NKJV Notice that the Lord God called out to Adam, the man, not Eve, not even to both of them. He called out to Adam because Adam was charged with cultivating the garden, Eve was Adam's helper. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”
Keep this in mind, it was because of disobedience that sickness and chaos entered into this world as we know it. This condition will continue until the day our King and Lord will return. Only those who are filled with the Holy Spirit, stay in His Word and endure until His return, will be saved from eternal judgment.
At some point in time, we all will go through some kind of trial or tribulation. Determine right now to be strong and immovable and stand on the Word of God. Remember this is a fallen world, one that we as Kingdom citizens are called to be a light in the midst of darkness.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." We as citizens of the Kingdom are to effect those around us in an encouraging way so that they would want to have what we possess. “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless." In this fallen world, many people fail to acknowledge the Lord God as their Creator, their Lord, their Source, their provider, their healer and refuse to give Him the honor He deserves. Many worship Hollywood actors, singers, entertainers, religious leaders, famous athletes, etc. I'm sure you could add to that list! They put more faith in mankind rather than the Creator of mankind. The Lord God isn't pleased. Ambassador Paul made this statement: But God shows His anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.
Because of this fallen world, the Lord God sent His Son, the last and final hope for all mankind. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. But even now, many people refuse to embrace and acknowledge the Lord God's Son. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. NKJV Yes, because they refused to acknowledge Him and worshiped mankind more than the King of the heavens and earth, the Lord God gave them up to their fleshly desires.
So when you see or hear things in your daily life that "cause you to raise your eyebrows", remember that this is a fallen world, but the King will protect His citizens. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
Remember, your faith in the Lord Jesus is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
Genesis 3:7 & 9; 2:18 Matthew 5:14-15; 5:13 Romans 1:18-22
John 3:15-16 Romans 1:24-25, 26-30 John 17:14-18
All NLT unless noted.
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