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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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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Amen.....Hallelujah!
May 14
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

May 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father 

May 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

May 14
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Heavenly Father, help me make choices that are pleaseing to you!

May 14
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

I feel to Lord was talking to me  Paise God for his care and love 

May 14
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen 

May 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

May I follow the Father's will for my life and avoid temptations. Amen.

May 14
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen

May 14
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Donna Trondson
Donna Trondson

Amen

May 14
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

May 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father,You know this world is full of temptations. Lead me through life avoiding the snares of the devil. In Jesus name I pray, Amen .

May 14
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Dear Heavenly Father, please fill me with Thy Holy Spirit and give me discernment to always stay on the right path, to always stay in Your will! "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!" Please keep me from any type of temptation and please deliver me from evil!  Thank you oh Lord, I ask and pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!

May 14
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Linda Kovacs
Linda Kovacs

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FILMING OF THE LEFT BEHIND 2 MOVIE :)

May 14
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

May 15
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you for this, 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.

May 15
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen

May 19