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The Worthless Trade

  • He said to the woman, 'Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?' The woman said to the serpent, 'Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.' The serpent said to the woman, 'You won't surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' Genesis 3:1 WEB

    Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. It was a literal paradise on earth where it never rained. A mist went up from the earth and watered the plants (Genesis 2:6). There was plenty to eat, and life was very good. They lived a good clean life and never knew shame, guilt, suffering, or lack. Then a test came. They had one commandment to obey: 'Don't eat the fruit from this one tree in the middle of the garden.'

    The serpent (satan) convinced Eve that the forbidden fruit, the one thing that she did not have, was so desirable. Her life would be so much better if she just had this. She was missing out. The more that she thought about it, the more that she wanted it. She drew closer to it, examined it, saw that it was 'a delight to the eyes' and soon enough, she ate it. Then she gave some to Adam, and he ate it as well. The serpent was fishing, and they took his bait, hook, line, and sinker.

    It was a worthless trade. They traded heaven on earth for failure, disappointment, and shame. They lost everything and eventually died where they would have lived forever. They already had every good thing, but the serpent made them feel that God was holding something back, and they desperately needed it.

    The enemy tricked them into thinking that the knowledge of evil was something to be desired. They already had the knowledge of good. Thanks to that trade, we now all know about evil as well. There are traps setup by the enemy for your life as well. Be careful of the things that you lust for. They are never as good as you think.

    Temptation will always end in a worthless trade. It will look good, but turn out badly. We have a free will to make our own choices, and then we reap what we have sown. Do not fall for the enemy's worthless trade. Do not trade your integrity for a short term reward. In the end, you will feel ashamed for having fallen for it just like Adam and Eve.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you lead me away from temptation and deliver me from the evil one. Help me to be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show me the traps that are in my path and help me to avoid them, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen 

November 18, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you lead me away from temptation and deliver me from the evil one. Help me to be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show me the traps that are in my path and help me to avoid them, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Yes please, lead me from temptation and into the safety of your love and guidance <3 Thank you Amen

November 18, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

Amen!

November 18, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum interesting.. If we know The Lord we know the opossing force!! As we grow in Him we will be enlightened!!!

November 18, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

amen

November 18, 2016
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, God please deliver me away from the evil one who lurks around daily. In Jesus's name, get behind me Satan!

November 18, 2016
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Aaaaaamen!

November 18, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

November 18, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Amen!!!

November 18, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen!  We should always be thankful for for what we have. instead of lusting after worldly things for God always gives us what we need

November 18, 2016
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Wendy Bixler
Wendy Bixler

This is just what I need this morning. It's amazing how I asked God for his guidance this morning as I prayed over something that I wasn't sure was a trap from satan. I asked that He would give a direct message so that I wouldn't make a mistake and regret my decision. I get to work and this devotion was in my email. It is all the confirmation I need.

 

November 18, 2016
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Karen Stoeger
Karen Stoeger

A good warning. Thank you! Satan is crafty and a liar. I must hold onto all that is good and pleasing in God's sight and watch out for the desire for "more". There is a lot of truth in that for me. I pray that I would seek God's way and not be selfish and greedy. Thank you very much for the timely admonition. God's grace be with you today and always!

November 18, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

November 18, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

November 18, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

thankyou good word  great reminder .

November 18, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for another great devotional. I pray that you will lead me from temptation and deliver me from evil. That you will show me the tricks and traps of the evil one and help me to avoid them, in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. Have a great and safe weekend everyone.

November 18, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion. :-)   I pray that I can tell when it's God's speaking to me always. Father, I pray You watch over me don't let me ever fall into the evil ones traps. Keep holding onto my family and I. Please always let us know that's it's from you. I pray in Jesus Christ, name. Amen <3 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you lead me away from temptation and deliver me from the evil one. Help me to be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show me the traps that are in my path and help me to avoid them, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

November 19, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I pray that You lead me away from temptation and deliver me from the evil one. Help me to be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show me the traps that are in my path and help me to avoid them, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

November 19, 2016
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Karen Thompson
Karen Thompson

AMEN Pastor Todd, pray for me in this area . I need God's strength and power to deliver me. Thank you for letting God use you. I truly needed this. I know I'm not alone, but it's good to see that I'm not. 

November 19, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen and Amen

November 19, 2016
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Elena Vasquez
Elena Vasquez

Amen

November 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Love the picture of the garden.  Having it!!  Yet to be tricked by Satan and all was lost.  Thank you God for your Son to deliver us in Your grace,! Amen

December 18, 2016