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  • Rev. Kathryn Gore

Eve- Obedience over Desire

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Many of us women have strong desires. We see things, we visualize things and we start to become convinced that what we saw may work out for us. We start to make plans to achieve the visual thing that we saw but at times, it comes back to bite us. Why? Why does this happen? Our own desires can get in the way of God’s perfect will.


Ladies, this is BIG! This is big because it happens to a lot of us and we wonder why?

Let’s talk about Eve, the Mother of all Living things. In (Genesis 3:20) it says that Adam named Eve this name for this particular reason and if she is considered the Mother of all living things, a mother gives birth right? Keep that thought in mind as we learn about Eve. We're going to review how she was blessed from the very beginning, how she had Freewill just like we all do, and how she choose to fall for the trap the enemy set up before.

How many of you know that many of us women are being tricked and deceived everyday by the enemy? It can be in our personal lives, what we think about others, just how we view life in general.


Deception


Deception is real and when we fall into deception most times it’s because we have our own desire at play, we live out a thought within our own understanding and this is why we need to cry out for discernment, wisdom and the ask for the Holy Spirit to continual speak truth, or show us the truth in the matter.


Freewill


Now with Eve, her story is much like many of our stories today. Eve’s story is all based off of Freewill. Her, Adam, you and me, we all have freewill. This is a part of God’s plan for each and every one of us individually and freewill is such a blessing because without it, we would be enslaved and we would not be able to grow. Our whole entire life would be totally different than what it is today and when you think about this, isn’t God good? The enemy wants to enslave you, but not God.



Blessed by God from the Beginning


When God created Adam and Eve, He created them in his own image and he blessed them.

This is the true heart of God, God had good intentions for them and we are no different than Adam and Eve.


In Genesis 1:28

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.


God was pleased with how he created them and how he established them to live. He wanted them to be productive, he wanted them to increase in number, he wanted them to fill the earth, and have full dominion and authority over all things.

So this is what God spoke over them but when God created Adam and placed him in the Garden, God made one request.


Genesis 2:15

15 Then the Lord God took [d]the man and put him in the garden of Eden to [e]tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you[f] shall surely die.”

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”


Eve was not created when God gave Adam this commandment but still, God understood Adam needed someone even more comparable to him and so God created Eve out of the rib of Adam.

Now God created Eve, they become one, they became husband and wife, they were both naked and unashamed.

Now, God’s heart was for them to live as one, freely, not one being Lord over the other but something happened that caused their whole entire destiny to change.


Temptation


How many of you understand the enemy knows how to tempt you? How many of you know that he studies you, he watches you and then at that perfect time, he’ll come and tempt you, just to see if you’ll take the bait.


James 1:14

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.


Genesis 3 New King James Version (NKJV)


The Temptation and Fall of Man

3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”


I want you to think about this, if scriptures say, “but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed, this would imply what? That Eve's flesh was week and she had fleshly d desires that the enemy could tempt her with and at this point, she didn’t understand that she was being set up because she had no knowledge of good and evil. But what she did have was a commandment from God to not eat from the Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil.


Her response:

2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’


Now, the enemy knew he had her, why? Because God didn’t say that, she added the part “nor shall you touch it” and the enemy knew what God said, that’s why he asked her the question first, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?


4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Ladies, here’s free will, Eve had the word of God, even if she didn’t know about good vs evil, the serpent wasn’t God, he was a snake, but she had a choice to make, was she going to be obedient unto God, or was she going be led astray by her own desire?


6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was[a]pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves [b]coverings.


I find this to be interesting…


From the very beginning, it was known that God made all the trees to be beautiful and fruitful, but what God Eve is the thought that serpent placed in her mind to become wise. That was her desire, and that was also her downfall. When confronted, she said the serpent deceived me, remember I said she is the mother of all living things, you will find after eve falls into this trap, or goes through this door the enemy set before her, deception is spoken about all throughout the bible.


In 2 Corinthians 11:1 New International Version (NIV)

The Apostle Paul said -

11 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.


Eve’s mind was led astray due to her own desire.When I say her own desire, it was a desire that was born of the flesh, it was not a desire that God placed upon Eve.


Galatians 5:17

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.


Romans 8:5-9

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God;


The enemy is a master of developing desires outside of God. That’s been his whole thing since before he was kicked out of heaven, so know that he knows his fate, he’s become so very skilled in setting open traps for us to fall into, so that we can become disobedient towards God.


Obedience


God wants us to have true obedience unto him. He’s not going to set us up in traps for us to fall like the enemy does, he wants us to succeed.


When you are obedient, there are rewards, promises, blessings.


Deuteronomy 11:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Rewards of Obedience

11 “Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His precepts, and His commandments [it is your obligation to Him].


Deuteronomy 7:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Promises of God

12 “Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the [steadfast] lovingkindness which He swore to your fathers.


Deuteronomy 28:1 New King James Version (NKJV)

Blessings on Obedience

28 “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.


Because Eve fell into disobedience, she had to pay a heavy price.


Join me next week as we go forth to talk about the great price Eve had to endure for her disobedience, but through it all, God still was still with her. He still blessed and when she gave him honor and glory.


See you next week!



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