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4) "But the serpent said to the woman, 'You shall 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 the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.'" Genesis 3:4-5

Why did the serpent lure Eve to focus on what she could see? The reasoning is because that mindset opposes having faith in God. We are never to put our trust in what we view but, instead, our faith should always and only be in God.

The temptation to do evil is ever present before us. If we’re not careful, we’ll allow a devil to fool us into thinking that just because we’d like to partake in a sin, we’ve become helplessly subjected to all the commands forcing us to indulge in the wrong. This falsity is just not the truth. Far too many of us believe and ascribe our lives to live according to fake IDs that we've had presented to us.

Just because our feelings may be attracted to wrongdoing, we should never assume (take on) the identity of the defiled act. Being tempted is not a sin. Yielding to the temptation is sinful. Jesus endured temptations but never sinned. (Matthew 4:1-11) Emotions that stir when we’re urged to confront ungodliness aren’t stable enough to be trusted during any of our decision-making processes.

Criminals issue fake IDs to those wanting to deceive others about their identity. Devils are deceivers who create, present and persuade us to use their fraudulent IDs, which disconnects us from fellowship with God and enables us to perform acts that are unlawful for Christians. God never wanted Eve and Adam to eat the fruit because He didn’t want them to discover evil. If we never knew we could do wrong, we would never have done it.

God didn't want us to know that something existed that differed from right-doing because knowing creates an identity, as is the purpose of education. The Bible declares in Romans 16:19, "For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil."

Opened eyes may very well cause us to act by whatever we’re shown, disregarding and ignoring the Godly truth of our original identity. When we live by the faith of who God says we are, we have a shield protecting us from being entertained by the deceitful offers we receive to change our identities into something less than God’s original plan for our lives.

Our true identity finds its strong base in God’s Word. We should not convince ourselves that we are somebody we’re not. When we identify ourselves by how we’re looking, we’ll cover up God’s will with our own, as Adam and Eve did by covering their bodies with fig leaves, symbolically speaking.

1 John 5:18 states, "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not." Therefore, we can be true to our nature, being born from God, and never be tempted to stray from our real identities.

Shane Wall is the senior pastor of The Feast of the Lord in Orangeburg.


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