Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hiding in plain sight of God

Genesis 3:7-13 ESV

Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 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. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

We have to make a daily choice to follow after God every day, we are not robots once we have the Spirit living in us. We have the same flesh that we had before we were saved that will be selfish and worldly. But we have the capacity to do good which we did not before our conversion. At times we all fail and allow the flesh to control us and what is our response to church or wise council from others? We hide or blame someone else for our problems just like our great-great-....grandparents did. Most of the time when we are in a weak spiritual state we don't run to God we hide at home or if we drag ourselves to church, we are not tuned in. I've been there and done that.

What we need is that prompting of a song, a Sunday school lesson or Scripture to help us get our mind back on the things of God instead of wallowing in the slop of our bad decisions. Just like our earthly relationships, step one in getting back on the right path with God is saying I'm sorry and He will be faithful, just like He always is, and forgive our selfishness. He loves us and really wants what is really best for us, not what seems right to our flesh. I have learned over the past few years that the fruit of the Spirit is really anti-flesh. Our natural reaction to a situation ends up hurting us in the long run, but the spiritual response dissipates bad situations and restores relationships that are strained.

We need to own our mistakes and not blame others like Adam and Eve did and that will draw others to God and not repulse them from our hypocrisy. That is the spiritual walk.

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