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Sunday Stillness – If it looks good is it good for you?

Sunday Stillness – If it looks good is it good for you?

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Lately I have started reading Genesis. I read and read. When I see something that catches my attention I stop, and using my SIMPLE Bible Study Method, I work through the verse.

I read Genesis 3:5-6. The serpent tells Eve.

For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Tempting isn’t it? Would you have been tempted? I think I would have.

We read her thoughts:

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. (My emphasis)

Before the serpent said this – she didn’t see him as evil. She only saw good. All was good in Eden. All animals ate plants. And this apple was pleasing to the eye. And she saw more than she needed. She saw it as desirable for gaining wisdom. Oh my do we see things that are desirable for getting better, being better.

In my Bible “gaining wisdom” is in italics. I am not sure why but it got my attention. We think learning is a good thing. Is that true?

I read 1 John 2:16.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

So the desirableness of what seems good does not come from God – but from Satan.

I think I need to think about this more.

What do I do that seems good but really isn’t of God?

More time is needed for me to figure this out. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Today is Sunday Stillness – take time to relax in God’s presence.

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What’s Waiting Around the Corner?

What’s Waiting Around the Corner?

by T. L. Wiens

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I pulled up to our local convenience store and was about to head inside to grab a snack when I noticed something crouching by the door. It was a baby badger and he wasn’t happy. I decided to wait in my car until he figured out that he wasn’t where he needed to be. I was very glad I did so because mama badger came along.

From my position, I could see mom and baby, neither looking very happy being out in the open on the hard pavement. The young girl making her way down the street towards the store had no clue she was about to come face to face with a wild animal. I was about to warn her when the badger pair decided to find more shade. They slipped around the corner of the building.

How many times in life have there been snares and dangers around the corners of my life and the prayers of fellow believers kept me from ever knowing the pain I’ve been spared?

I’m thankful I have prayer warriors I don’t
even know, that are putting my needs before God.

Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you ( 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18, AKJV).

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for your love. Help us remember You see around the corners of life. Show us the path You’ve set for us. Prepare us for those things that lay in wait to snare us. Keep us strong in faith and word.

In Jesus name, amen.

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Are there prayer warriors praying for you? (tweet this)

Who is helping to keep the snares and dangers away from you? (tweet this)

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

 

How Are We Led into Temptation?

How Are We Led into Temptation?

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Snowball out for her walk in the world. What temptations will she find?

When we walk our little dog around the neighbourhood, she loves to check out everything. She sniffs the ground scouting out the next interesting discovery.

The other day she found an old tissue and snapped her jaws around it. Reluctantly she finally gave it up to me. However, the next day the tissue was still there. And she repeated the same action. She hadn’t learned her lesson.

We act the same way. God will wrestle with us over something. Reluctantly we agree with  Him and give it up. But when we are confronted with the same temptation again – we head toward it.

Why?

I have learned that God does not tempt us – our desires do.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone (James 1:13, NIV).

Temptations are strong. They make us feel good; they feed our self-image; they give us warm fuzzy feelings. Until… until God shows us through His Word that we should avoid them. We may not even see them as temptations until God shows us.

but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death (James 1:14-15, NIV).

Therefore when God has made us aware of what He wants us to avoid – we must work to not repeat that action. (tweetable)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we know there are many temptations here on earth. Help us to see them as You see them. Give us guidance and strength to combat the pull that entices and give us strength to turn away. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.