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Family Devotion Week April 25, 2016

Focus Verse: Gen. 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
Monday

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Gen. 3:1   Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?”

“Did God really say” How many times have you heard that? “Did God really say? It’s not that big a deal…. Everybody is doing it.” The serpent immediately begins to attack God’s Word. The serpent sees his opportunity: that Eve is not quite confident in what God has said. He’s going to take advantage of her lack of confidence, and he’s going to begin to twist the truth. That’s what the Serpent does. He takes God’s truth and begins to twist it to lead you away from life. There are oftentimes so many “opinions” about the truth, but it’s not leading you to the ultimate truth. Satan begins to question the trustworthiness of God’s Word and lead people astray. That’s why we need to be certain of what God has said and what He hasn’t said. 

Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  John 8:31-32

Prayer Connect

Pray today for a desire to study and know God’s truth.   



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Tuesday

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Gen. 3:4   “No! You will not die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “In fact, God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Our eyes are great gifts from the Lord. With our eyes we see vibrant colors, beauty in creation, and the smiling faces of children and loved ones. Yet, our eyes are much more than biological tools that allow us to convert light into electrical impulses. Truly, our eyes our windows into the soul. Adam and Eve were provided with 20/20 vision when they were created good by the Lord. So the  desire to have “your eyes opened” was not a physical phenomena or a theoretical thirst for knowledge. Rather, Adam and Eve were not seeking information but hungering for power and authority. May we never thirst for power that is not from above. May the Lord give us kingdom eyes that are set upon the Author and Finisher of our faith. Remember: where you eyes go your heart will soon follow. 

Prayer Connect

Lord may I set my eyes upon paths of righteousness that I may fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith this week. Amen.  



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Wednesday

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6 Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Genesis opens with God proclaiming what is good (Gen. 1:31), but as we come to Genesis 3, we read that the woman decides what is good. She measured goodness based on the delightfulness of the fruit as opposed to what God had already defined as good. Were is your delight? Is your delight in the Lord, or is it in the things that appeal to our eyes?  

“I will meditate on Your precepts and will think about your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” Psalm 119:15, 16

Prayer Connect

Lord may my delight be in you. Give me the desire to seek after your goodness.  



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Thursday

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Gen. 3:8   Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 So the LORD God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 

Gen. 3:10   And he said, “I heard You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

Before sin, the sound of God was a joy to hear. Now, because of the shame of sin, they hid themselves. What God is looking for is for you to be honest with him about where you’re at. Not where you’re at in your circumstances, but where you are in your heart before Him. God is pursuing you, and He’s asking you to be honest with Him. What He’s looking for is an honest confession. We see God’s pursuit. In their nakedness, in their hiding, He sees them. You can’t hide from God; He sees. He sees you in your sin, and He’s saying, “Where are you?” When you feel shame, you should run to the only place that offers forgiveness.

“The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” – Timothy Keller 

Prayer Connect

Lord help me be quick to confess and repent of sin.  



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Friday

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Gen. 3:17   And He said to Adam, “Because you listened to your wife’s voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’:

The ground is cursed because of you. You will eat from it by means of painful labor all the days of your life.  18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 19 You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground, since you were taken from it. For you are dust, and you will return to dust.”

Genesis shows us in no uncertain terms the devastating effects of our sinful rebellions against a holy God. For Adam and Eve, the sin of eating forbidden fruit results in a curse related to their sin, the complicating of the production of food and fruit. We unfortunately live in a now broken world where we experience painful labor, thorns and thistles (which choke life and zap resources from the ground), and sweat. Sadly, the fall of man results in broken relationships with work. We now are prone to two extremes: working too much, or  working to little. Both laziness and overwork result in sinful attitudes and rebellion. But thanks to our God and Father, who sent His only Son to redeem us from ungodly behavior and restore our broken relationships. 

Prayer Connect

Lord give me a healthy attitude toward work. May my work be worship as I work unto the Lord and not for man. (Col. 3:23) 



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