OVERVIEW: Genesis three details the most tragic chapter in the Bible: the fall of humanity.
BIG IDEA: Many voices will compete for our attention, but listen for and obey God’s.
KEY VERSE: Genesis 3:1 (The serpent’s question)
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I’m not a harsh God or one that tries to limit your fun. I love fun. I created it. But I am a loving father who provides boundaries and instructions so that you can live an abundant, fruitful life. Every rule or limit I offer has a purpose. More than that, my heart is behind each one. Obedience may not appear fun, but it is wise, and I will bless you through it.
But even when you fail, don’t run from me. Run to me. I am here and always will be. My love will not increase when you obey or decrease when you don’t. My love for you is complete and constant—it does not change because I do not change. So run to me, walk with me, and sit with me. I love you. Think about my limits, and seek to understand them. Talk about them with me and others. And then practice them because you know I love you and do what is best for you.
Has someone deceived you, or have you been disobedient? Stop and thank God for his love, ask for his forgiveness, and then thank him for forgiving you. If you feel guilty later in the day, remind yourself that God has already forgiven you and thank him again for his love.