Knowledge is one of the benefits that are available for everyone who seeks GOD's Wisdom (information)...
We choose which information system we shall feed from and graft into our thinking and actions. Feeding from the correct source has the potential of keeping sin out of our life. "Thy word have I hid in my (spiritual) heart, that I may not sin against Thee" Proverbs 23.7
You Will Receive the Knowledge of GOD
"To give to the young man knowledge and discretion."
GOD or Satan?
Each has a information system that we can plug into.
Which one we ultimately, as individuals decide to go with - determines our success here on the earth and our future eternal destiny.
Actually, it's a lot worse than that...
Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, you and I are automatically locked into Satan's information system.
We are all locked out of GOD's informational system - "ever wondered why you don't have to teach your baby to say "no"?
Yep! It's automatic.
We have no choice at this point...until we are "born again" of the Holy Spirit.
That is pretty heavy stuff, isn't it?
Let go back and see what happened and why we are in this mess...
Looks good, doesn't it? It was.
GOD had set up a system to release information that man would live by. A tree of life. It was a paradise without stress and sin.
But GOD's relationships have to be established based on choices made and love flourishes only out of those choices...
If Adam and Eve had rebuffed the voice of Satan (the serpent) just as Jesus did, then sin would have been kept out of the world. Period.
Adam and Eve were supposed to refuse the invitation to participate in an informational system that would be destructive to their lives and future. Man had to retain his relationship on the basis of "free choice" - so GOD allowed the test of obedience
Just as Jesus was tempted.
His choice was the same as our choice - what information source will you trust?
Jesus responded correctly. Adam and Eve did not. They were tricked. They were deceived.
It's all about, "who is speaking?" "Whose voice am I going to listen to and be persuaded by? It really is that simple!
Information comes from one of two sources. From GOD, or from Satan. All information from the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" moves people away from the information that comes from the "tree of life." They are opposites. They do NOT create the same results.
Adam and Eve made the wrong choice, believing the serpent's accusation that GOD was holding benefits from them...
Once the choice was made - "the tree of life" was out of play...
Adam and Eve are immediately driven out of the garden in Eden
Angels with flaming swords guarded the "tree of life." Access to the tree of life was revoked and man was not allowed to go near the tree
The serpent still operates every minute of every day in the same tree...that's the office he works out of day and night.
Deceiving everyone he can.
This didn't happen just to Eve.
It happens to each individual, every day of their lives
Satan's whole purpose was to drive man off GOD's information (wisdom) system...
Revelation 12.9 "This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving (leading astray) the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels."
Was the serpent actually Satan talking to Eve?
But, the question I have is - why did Eve even go near that tree?
Why did she not stay far enough away from the tree of the "knowledge of good and evil?" - so it would not be a issue at all.
Why was she not content just to enjoy the "tree of life!"
Eve was tempted.
She should have stayed away and not engaged in a conversation with the serpent...
In other words...they got too close! Remember that old saying, "Get too close to the fire, you'll get burnt!"
Any time we get into a seductive conversation with Satan, we lose.
Adam and Eve opened the door to an information source that was, and is contrary and competitive to information previously available through the tree of life.
Now the "tree of life" is cut off from man. Thanks for the misery!
Why did GOD immediately shut access down to the tree of life?
If Adam and Eve had approached and touched the "tree of life" while in a state of sin and disobedience, they would have immediately died. Therefore, access was denied, and ONLY becomes available through the shed blood of Jesus Christ...
The results were immediate...
Adam and Eve had two sons. Cain and Abel. What did information and motivation from the serpent-occupied tree produce?
Cain gets jealous, kills Abel...in the first generation of Adam
It did not take long for the "information" and guidance to manifest itself and it has only become worse as words, thoughts, ideas and attitudes flow out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 6.5 " The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6 So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 7 And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”
verse 17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die."
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil has delivered exactly what Satan promised, and does so every day to feed into people thoughts, ideas, concepts that are always hostile to the principles of the Kingdom of GOD.
Be assured that feeding off information from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil can never lead a person into the Kingdom of GOD.
It is impossible to arrive at the Kingdom of GOD with information that flows out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The occupant of that tree in the garden of Eden - Satan - is still there.
Do you really want to live by his advice?
We live or die spiritually by what source of information we feed on.
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