“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes…she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…” Genesis 3:6 KJV
Mistake #3 – Eve focused on the fruit’s appearance which led her to partake of it.
Unfortunately, Eve allowed herself to be lured into sin through lust.
Lust of the eyes to be specific. “…for man looketh on the outward appearance…” 1 Samuel 16:7 KJV
In her eyes, the fruit looked ssssooooooo good!
And it was.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” Genesis 1:29, 31 KJV
God didn’t create something that wasn’t good. He just said don’t eat it.
Sadly, mankind hasn’t changed much since then.
Forbid someone from doing something and suddenly, that thing becomes the most attractive thing in the world.
But we are cautioned in 1 John 2:15-16, “Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world…everything that belongs to the world…what people see and want…none of this comes from the Father; it all comes from the world.”
God designed the human body, and he knows how it works. This is why He encourages us to, ” Above all else, guard your heart [mind], for everything you do flows from it.”
Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Consequently, we ought to be careful what we see because it cannot be un-seen.
One of the ways we absorb information is through our eyes, and whatever we feast our eyes on impacts us.
It enters our mind, and we ruminate on it until we find ourselves making decisions based on our feelings.
Because how we think is how we feel.
In Proverbs 23:7 we are told, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Eve looked at the fruit and did not see the consequences waiting just past its beautiful appearance. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Proverbs 14:12 KJV
Likewise, we can’t always see past temptations that feel oh so good in the moment.
But we are told, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know.”
Proverbs 3:5 GNB
Remember, God sees the big picture; we don’t.
We have no idea what may be waiting for us around the bend.
Therefore, we ought to trust His word and do what He says; especially when He doesn’t tell us why.
Now that my friends is what you call faith!
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