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Whose Voice are You Listening to?

In the story of Eve, in Genesis chapter three, we learn an important lesson, the voice you listen to today results in consequences, either positive or negative for many tomorrows.

In this narrative, there were three voices that Eve was hearing, God’s, the Serpent’s and her own. Unfortunately, she listened to the Serpent’s (Gen 3:1-5) and her own (Gen 3:6a), as she rationalized the step of disobedience she was about to make.

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But she didn’t stop there. Eve used her influence and her voice to lead Adam astray. And, as a result, she most likely lost her “voice” of influence over him. Why would he want to listen to her about other things when she couldn’t get right the one thing that mattered?

I know each of us, to some extent, can relate to Eve. At some point in our lives, we have listened to and obeyed the wrong voice and have suffered the consequences for it. That is a painful thing, especially when our choices negatively affect others as well.

So what do you do when you listen to the wrong voice and/or influence others to do the same? You can choose to hide or you can come out of hiding and let God cover your shame. Come out of hiding by:

  1. Using your voice to say, “Here I am and this is what I’ve done” (Gen 3:10). God know anyways, but there is something supernatural that happens when you confess what you’ve done. It is the first step to healing.
  2. Letting God cover your nakedness, which is a metaphor for shame. In Gen 3:21, God provided clothing to cover Adam & Eve’s sin. Thankfully, God always has an answer for sin, shame & nakedness. 2,000 years ago, he allowed His Own Son to be killed, a sinless creature, so that your nakedness (and mine) would be covered. God’s provided the covering, will you put it on?
  3. Picturing yourself not naked and covered by shame, but rather covered by His grace.

Eve’s story is one of poor choices, which led to painful consequences, for her and for you and me as well. Yet it is also one of redemption and hope. Because when God is involved in your story, there is always hope.

Always . . .

I am Eve, which means life spring.

Adam named me that because I am the mother of all the living.

Yet because of me, my children for future generations are destined to die not live.

When the serpent began to ask me questions, how could I know what his true intentions were?

He was so subtle, that before I knew it, I played right into his sneaky little hand.

I was deceived and in the middle of my deception, I influenced my husband to be deceived as well.

Now I am banished from my beautiful home.

I can never go back, it is only a memory.

My husband works long hours, day after day, just for us to survive.

He doesn’t come right out and say it, but I can see from the way he looks at me, that he blames me for the struggles we are experiencing.

But he blames me no more than I blame myself.

How could I be so easily deceived?

The serpent was right about one thing, my eyes are open now.

I see good and evil and I don’t like what I see.

Oh for the days of beauty and perfection . . . when the only look I saw in my husband’s eyes was complete adoration.

I made a choice to listen to the wrong voice.

Because of that choice, God has said I will experience suffering and craving for what I cannot have.

What’s worse, God also said that the serpent would attack my offspring’s heel.

Why can’t that serpent just leave us alone?

Hasn’t he done enough damage?

Yet, what was it that God said to the serpent . . . He said my offspring will tread his head underfoot.

What does that mean?

To crush the serpent’s head would mean death.

Who would have the power to do that?

Could it be that God would still use me to bring good to this world, after I have messed up so badly?

Dare I believe that in generations to come, one of my children’s children’s children will be strong enough to defeat the enemy of all mankind?

How this fills me with hope.

I am Eve which means life spring, the mother of all the living.

God, I may never see the One who crushes my enemy’s head, but let there be Life that springs forth.

Just as sin & death entered the world through my husband and me, let there be Life that enters the world through One of our offspring.

I am Eve, mother of all the Living, not mother of all the dying, but of all the Living.

 

Your Friend in Ministry,

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He Bought Me Back

One of my dear friends, who lives in another town, recently had her house broken into.  In broad daylight, smack dab in the middle of the day, they walked right in and helped themselves to her things.  Most of what they took were both valuable and sentimental . . . jewelry that was anniversary gifts from her husband, her grandmother’s black hills gold cross, an opal necklace; on and on the list goes.  When I spoke with her on the phone, she mentioned that many people had suggested checking the local pawn shops to see if her items had ended up there.

As we ended our conversation, I prayed with her that she would be able to find her valuables which had more sentimental value than anything else.  When I prayed that she would be able to buy her valuables back, the Holy Spirit reminded me of God and how He bought me back.  My heart was tendered and tears filled my eyes as I changed the direction of my prayer, thanking Jesus for paying the price to buy us back.

That’s what today, Good Friday, is all about.  When God created humans, we belonged to Him.  We were His and His alone.  Then that sneaky serpent deceived us.  Just like that burglar, He came in broad daylight and took what belonged to God, by convincing Eve to disobey.  When she did, sin stole us, each and every one, away from God.  That burglar may have thought he had gotten away with it, but, when God found him, this is what He said.  “So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!  You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel’.”  Genesis 3:14-15

No such luck, you sneaky serpent!  Even in the middle of humankind’s greatest travesty, God had a plan.  He wouldn’t let his valuables (you and me) be taken forever.  He would buy us back.  But how?  With what would He pay the price?  There was only one option.  Only One could pay the price and not be found lacking, the Son of God and the Son of Man, Jesus.  That’s why Good Friday is so good.  God bought us back.  The invaluable blood of Jesus paid the price.  Now God is looking in the pawn shops of life – in dysfunction, in strip clubs, in disease, in bondage, in broken homes, and, yes, even in churches; to buy us back to Him.

Don’t you just love Him?  Aren’t you grateful for His grace – the undeserved acceptance and love you’ve received?

As you celebrate this most special weekend, make sure to take some time to thank the Lord for buying you back.  Maybe you would even re-commit yourself to the ministry He has given you.  Because He bought you back, with whom can you find to share this Good News?  There are many more valuables out there that need to know they don’t have to stay in the pawn shop. God has bought them back too.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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