January 2nd, 2018 — IGNITE

Have you ever read the Bible and upon reading something someone did, or a decision they made, quickly said to yourself, “I’d never do that!” I have.

As I’ve said in the past, most often I’m the good guy in the end. I’m never publican standing in the middle of the room telling everyone how good I am. No, I’m the tax collector cowering over in the corner, humbly seeking God’s forgiveness. I’m never the rowdy thief hanging on the cross next to Jesus. I’m the one who submissively asked to be remembered when He comes in His glory. And let’s just top this all off by saying I would never act like Peter, James or John, spouting my mouth off and wanting to call fire down from heaven to consume some unruly people!

My thinking process was rebooted again today as I read chapters 3 and 4 of the book of Genesis. I don’t know about you, but that third chapter is a hard one for me to read. I mean, here are Adam and Eve, fully enjoying this beautiful life, in this glorious garden when in enters the enemy. He convinces Eve she’d have it even better if she just ate some of the fruit that God forbid. She dreamingly sees the greater possibilities and partakes of the luscious, and may I reiterate, forbidden fruit, and then immediately gives it to her husband, who willingly acquiesce.

It’s then I think to myself, “Why did they do that? Didn’t they realize the ramifications of making such a decision? I would have never done that!” But I do all the time!

I have been so richly blessed. I live in a land where I can still talk about Jesus openly and freely. God has provided me with a loving and supportive spouse, wonderful children and a whole boatload of grandchild (with more on the way). He’s provided me with a home and my daily bread. And yet, when the enemy comes in his disguise and lures me into thinking of bigger and better, I never stand up, get in his face and tell him where the front door is! No, I fall in his trap… I get hurt… I hurt others… and here’s the worst – just like Adam and Eve – without even thinking about it, I hide myself from God. I purposefully stay away. Here’s what the Word says…
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 NASB

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Because of Jesus, you and I don’t need to hide anymore. When the enemy comes, get up in his grill and tell him in no uncertain terms – I didn’t come here to lose today!

Father,

I believe. Help my unbelief. I don’t want to hide from You anymore. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.  

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen