It is because of that failure to treat the Lord God's Word as top priority that we are in this situation. The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” Genesis 2:15-17 He listened to the message that the devil passed on to the serpent and then to his wife (companion). Note the procession. The devil never approached the man, but came through the woman.
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
By the way, that is a conversation that should never have taken place. The Lord God gave Adam specific orders and Adam passed it on to his wife. Notice, at no time did the devil ever approach the man directly, but through a second and third party. It was Adam's responsibility to make sure that the Lord God's orders were followed through. It was Adam's responsibility to convey the Lord God's orders to those under him. It was Eve's responsibility to follow those orders given by her husband, believing it was from the God.
This order can only happen in this fallen world when the husband and wife are filled with the Spirit of the Lord God. Otherwise it will be filled with chaos as we see it today. Notice, the Lord God called out the man first: Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 Please understand this one thing: The Lord God does all things decently and in order. That is why it is so important to keep reading and studying God's Constitution. In this world, the enemy will continue throwing all manner of distractions at you to keep you from focusing on the Father's purpose for your life. He doesn't have to "take you out", he only has to keep you distracted and unfocused! Now I want you to notice that all things were put under Adam's authority. That is why the serpent was punished as well. He failed to obey the command that Adam received from his Father and Creator.
Keep in mind, being in a fallen world, the enemy (the devil) will use any means at his disposal to keep you in chaos and disobedience to the Lord God's Word; for it is His Word that gives you abundant life. The Lord Jesus made that very plain when speaking to the crowd. When King Jesus characterized Himself as the Good Shepherd, here is what He said: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. John 10:10-11 NKJV
It is because we live in a fallen world that we have murders, pain, strife, adultery, gender confusion, and all manner of evil and perversion. The Kingdom and the fallen world are completely separate. Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 It is because this is a fallen world that there are wars around the world. It is because this is a fallen world that religion separated the people of the Lord God! Even as I write this article, the evil one is on the attack. Don't be surprised of what you hear or see these days, for the devil knows his time isn't long here and he is getting desperate.
Do you think that King Jesus came to this fallen world to bring peace and harmony? He did not. Read here what He said about that: "I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of Me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favor of Me, and two against—or two in favor and three against. ‘Father will be divided against son and son against father; mother against daughter and daughter against mother; and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’” Luke 12:49-53 Those are the words of King Jesus!
Some may think, how can that be?! Briefly, the people in this world who aren't filled with the Governor--the Holy Spirit--can't tolerate those who are. The Holy Spirit is our way out of this fallen world, even as we continue to reside in it. It is how we may be "in this world, but not of this world". The devil has no place or entrance into the Kingdom of God. That is why, in the Kingdom of God there is no chaos!
Remember that your faith in the Word of God is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
All NLT except where noted
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