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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 had 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. They had one commandment to obey: 'Don't eat the fruit from this one tree in the middle of the garden.' Eventually a test came.

    The serpent (satan) convinced Eve that the forbidden fruit, the one thing that she could not have, was so desirable. Her life would be so much better, if she could only have 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.' Soon enough, she was eating it. Then she gave some to Adam, and he ate some as well. The serpent was merely 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 like that setup by the enemy for your life as well. So be careful of the things that you lust for. They are never as good as you think.

    Temptation always ends in a worthless trade. It will look good, but turn out bad. We do have a free will and get to make our own choices, but 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.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah for sending your only son-Jesus to set us free from sins..... I pray that you will keep us safe from evil ways and help us to serve you better. Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for the word today ❤️
Jan 2
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord for all your Blessings!!
Jan 2
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck

Amen,

Jan 2
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 2
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jan 2
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 2
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 2
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Jan 2
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  praise God for he is my king  the evil one is a worm on the ground  for our God is wonderful 

Jan 2
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. How appropriate for today marks 34 years since I escaped the evil one known as an ex-husband.  Today is my New Years Day. God has been with me through my journey to freedom. Amen

Jan 2
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Selah

Jan 2
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus please keep us from all evil and give us your blessings. Amen 

Jan 2
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jan 2
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Lord, lead me not into temptation,  but deliver me from evil.. thank you Jesus. Amen

Jan 2
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Keep me on the right path dear God. Give me wisdom and discernment. Praise God Amen 

Jan 2
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

What a beautiful devotional.  I prray the Lord will help me to avoid satans temptations and keep me on the right path.  Thank you Father for your faithfulness. Thank you Pastor for an enlightening devoition.  Have a great day.

Jan 2
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen and Amen!!

Jan 2
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I know that sometimes I feel like I am letting You down, help us to follow the way You are showing us and don't fall into the snares of the enemy. I trust in You and need Your protection in Jesus name I pray. Amen. The Lord is our rock and shield.

Timely message Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jan 2
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 2
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Father hear me and my children as we pray:  Heavenly Father We pray that you lead us away from temptation and deliver usfrom the evil one. Help us  to be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show us the traps that are in our path and help us to avoid them, in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.We love you LORD JESUS.  PRAISE THE LORD.  AMEN

Jan 2
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 2
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Barbara Lowell
Barbara Lowell

Amen! Thank you for this beautiful devotional Pastor Dion! Happy New Year to you, Sylvia and all of the wonderful people at RHM!

Jan 3
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Oh Lord, my God, please make me sensitive to always hear Your voice and keep me from the evil one, in the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen!!!

Jan 3
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Sandra Colby
Sandra Colby

AMEN

Jan 5