Pronouncement of Judgment, No. 3
Great Father in Heaven, we are thankful to thee for
every opportunity that is ours to share with one another that which is
the Word of truth. We pray as we reach forward this
morning now to a portion of that Word, thou will give us understanding,
that God the Holy Spirit will take this truth, will enable us to use it to
develop our own personal spiritual maturity, in order that we may strengthen
ourselves against the wiles and devices of Satan, who is ever waiting to destroy
that which thou are ready to perform in us.
May our hearts be open to the personal confession of
sin. To this thy truth we pray in
Jesus’ name. Amen.
We continue to consider the pronouncements of divine
judgment upon Adam and Eve consequent to their sin in the Garden of
Eden. One thing that is becoming evident
is that Satan is a spoiler. It his deliberate
intention to ruin what God has prepared, and to ruin what God has for
each of us. In 2 Corinthians chapter 2, verse
11, we read, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us, for we
are not ignorant of his devices.” It is important
that you realize that Satan is a spoiler. In
Ephesians 6:11, we’re told to put on the whole armor of God,
“that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
This is to stand against his deceitful tricks.
It has been my experience many times
to see Christians who
have come to very noble decisions.
Sometimes I have been just amazed (and) awed by
something that someone
comes to me and says. “I have made
decision to do thus and so.” They’ve
made a decision on behalf of themselves.
They’ve made a decision on behalf of their
wife or their husband. They’ve made
a decision on behalf of their
children. They’ve made a decision on
behalf of their own personal life in business and in the Lord’s
service. They’ve made a decision of
a major nature
where they’re going to make a move, (make) a change, (or) take an
action. And I’ve been awed by it
because I could
sense that here was someone who was on positive volition to something
was leading and telling that person to do.
It’s always a delight to see Christians who
are on positive
But I have had the sad experience of
seeing these same
people, who made a noble decision of positive volition, find that the
which they set their hearts unto the direction of the spirit of God was
by Satan, because someplace upon the line where Satan observed these
moving off into the plan of God, into the realization of God’s
plan in their
life, Satan comes in with a device. He
comes in with a trick, and the person falls for it.
Ephesians says you have to put on the
whole armor of God or
you’ll not be able to stand against his tricks.
Along comes somebody with some advice.
Along comes some Christian with some influence. And by the very act of some Christian’s
influence, which was some influence on human good, and you bit on it,
lose the goal to which God was leading you.
Then suddenly your whole world is dissipated and
blown up in your face,
and you shake your head and say, “How did this happen? I know the Lord was leading me and I was
moving in the right direction. I could
see all the promise that that held, and now it’s all gone.”
Well, Satan pulled a trick on you. That’s why we’re studying this
passage. Right now we’re taking a
look at what has
happened to us. In theology, this is
called anthropology. We want to see what
man’s condition is. But remember
this was the result of a spoiling work on the part of Satan. As we see what he did at the beginning, and
as he’s done over the centuries, we can pick up clues to his
devices and to the
techniques by which he carries out his work of spoiling what God has
That’s the saddest thing in the
world, for a Christian to move
along and not to have grasped how important it is to develop
that he can get the right signals. That’s
the problem. We are so confident. And, of course, the longer you’ve been a
Christian, the more confident you are that you can pick up the right
God, and then nobody can tell you anything.
When the Word of God doesn’t sound right to
you, you resist it, but
since you never object to the Word, instead you start hitting at the
said it. You say, “He’s so
arrogant. He’s so proud. He’s so haughty.”
By this you mean, “He’s standing in my
Can you imagine the words that Balaam
had for that dumb
jackass that he was riding that wouldn’t let him counter on that
road when an
angel stood there with a sword in his hand?
And the angel stool there, and there was more brains
under Balaam than
there was up in his own head. Here’s
this donkey who’s resisting and saying, “No.”
You can imagine what Balaam said, the words he said
to this donkey, “You
arrogant proud no-good thing.” You
read what he said. There wasn’t
wrong with donkey. He’s the only one
that had any brains. What Balaam meant
was, “You’re stopping me. You’re
standing in my way, so I consider you arrogant and haughty,” and
Well this is another device of Satan. This is the biggest trick of all.
You will attack the source of your
information which doesn’t make any information if that source is
proud and has all kinds of frailties.
The information is what counts.
So as we go through these passages, I
want to alert you to
be watching for how Satan is a spoiler because this is what’s
going to wreck
your life. This is what’s going to
goals that you have that are right goals that God has placed upon you,
never realize them. Satan comes in and
spoils them through some Christian friend, through some Christian
or through somebody who warmed the cockles of your heart and won your
and often in some materialistic way.
This is the slimiest trick in the
world. You do something for somebody
physically. Did you ever notice that? You do something on a physical level, on a
material level for somebody, and they look upon you as a saint from
one from whom God speaks. There are more
people who get carried away, particularly if you’re kind of a
student maybe, or something like that, and somebody comes along and
something for you in a material way. Oh,
your heart goes out to them. Here is
person for me. And pretty soon you can
be picking up all kinds of signals. Why? And you never stop and ask yourself,
I so receptive to this person?” He
filled my stomach. He gave me a bed to
sleep in. He put gas in my car. You have to watch that. That’s
one of Satan’s spoiling tricks.
Now in Genesis 3:15, we have been
looking at the first
presentation of the gospel to Adam and Eve before God pronounces
them. This is an evidence again of how
God turns discipline into blessing. Both
Adam and Eve are now spiritually dead with an old sin nature. They have no fellowship with God.
Both are now in the slave market of sin under
Satan’s complete control. Out of
old sin nature they express their human good in the form of the fig
cloths created in order to cover the problem of their sin, and the loss
their light coverings. Since then all
who have been born into the human race inherit the old sin nature from
father, and they enter this slave market of sin automatically. God rejects all human good which comes from
the old sin nature, and He provides divine good through Jesus Christ to
mankind’s sin, and thereby to enable us to leave the slave market
of sin, and
leave Satan’s control and come under the control of God the Holy
In order to do this it was necessary
that some one person
was born outside of the slave market of sin so as to be free of the old
nature so that he could qualify as the savior.
For this reason, Jesus Christ was given a
supernatural virgin birth in
order to avoid the old sin nature which is inherited through the father. Genesis 3:15 therefore stresses, and gives
central emphasis to the fact of the virgin birth in the expression,
of the woman” which would “crush the head of Satan.”
Satan therefore seeks in our day to
discredit and to
belittle and to libel the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
The liberal minister presents this as a
fraud, he presents Christ as a prostitute’s son, and he presents
any number of
possible fathers, but it rejects the idea that He had no physical
father. This is Satan’s viewpoint,
and whether it
comes from a liberal minister or a conservative minister, it should be
and it should be exposed.
We found that Isaiah expanded upon
Genesis 3:15 in three
major passages. In Isaiah 7:14, the
savior would be virgin born. In Isaiah 9:6
we found that the savior would be a unique being. He
would be a God-man. He would be both a
human and a man. In Isaiah 53:9 we found
that the savior would
die two deaths. One of these was
spiritual and the other was physical, as He provided salvation for
everybody. Satan would crush the savior
temporarily on the cross, but Christ would permanently crush Satan in
The judgment on the woman was two-fold. One, because of her part in the sin, God
judged that henceforth the woman would bear children in pain. These are the labor pains of birth. Secondly, she was given an insatiable desire
for the man. This means she would run
after the man for fulfillment of her soul and of her body.
She needs him. This
fulfillment is realized completed
however only through her own particular man that God has designed for
was expressed in the Genesis passage with the words “thy
husband.” Her desire would be toward
her own particular
man, her husband. This is designed by
God in order to keep the woman from assuming the role of aggressor
what the problem was in the Garden of Eden—that she would have
the role of
responder for which she was designed, and that she would be maintained
role rather than assuming her husband’s role who is the aggressor.
However, a woman must be careful,
knowing this about
herself, that she not respond to the wrong aggressor.
There are plenty of men who will be
aggressive toward your daughters. They
must be taught that God has one particular man who is her aggressor. Any other man who is aggressive toward her is
a false aggressor, and he must be rejected and must be placed under
limitations. Only one man is her true
aggressor, and only through that man can she find complete fulfillment.
Multitudes of women never know what
they’re missing in life
because they have never been met and been related to their true
their own particular man. Discipline on
the woman, however, is turned into blessing, for it is the savior who
is to be
born through her labor pains, and her right man will fulfill her being.
Now we want to look at the curse on
the man. Genesis 3, beginning at verse 17
to Adam he said, ‘Because thou hast harkened unto thy wife and
hast eaten of
the tree of which I commanded thee saying ‘Thou shalt not eat of
it,’ cursed is
the ground for thy sake. In sorrow shalt
thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to
thee, and thou shall
eat the herb of the field. By the sweat
of thy face shalt thou eat bread, until thou shalt return unto the
out of it was thou thy taken, for dust thou art and unto dust shalt
Adam’s sin had, first of all,
upon it the judgment that he
lost dominion over creation. He lost his
place of superiority over all creation which, up to that point, had
his control and direction. He had
violated God’s plan by accepting the role of responder to his
wife. He should have immediately rejected
role. Any man today whose wife ever
tries to give him the role of responder should immediately reject it. You can spot these women.
We’ve already gone over various signals of a
woman who is an aggressor, and she is not very feminine, and she is not
and she is unresponsive because she is in that wrong role.
This man Adam chose to listen to his
wife instead of to
God. That’s what it amounted to, and
proved disastrous to both of them. It
always does when a man chooses to listen to his wife instead of to God. Adam thereby repudiated his superiority over
creation so that God said, “Henceforth all of creation will
resist your will.” If there ever was
a man who had a green
thumb, it was Adam, until the fall, and after that, all of nature was
The second judgment was that the earth
would be cursed, so
it would resist him. Up to now it had
produced fool spontaneously for man without any effort on his part. Now man was to get his food only in
sorrow. His wife was to experience labor
pains, and he was to experience pain of labor.
Henceforth there would be no natural products of the
earth that he could
simply enjoy. Instead, the natural
products of the earth would be thorns and thistles.
In Romans chapter 8 verses 19-22 you
have this description
of creation being under this judgment, and creation itself looking
the day of the millennium when it is released from this kind of bondage
judgment brought upon it by the sin of man.
The Lord Jesus Christ wore a crown of thorns,
symbolizing this very
curse which was upon the earth, bearing its thorns.
Animals became ferocious, and
carnivorous. Now they were meat-eaters. They were to continue as such until the
millennium where again they are going to be tamed. Isaiah
11:6-9 and Isaiah 65:25 tell you about
the change of animals in the millennial period.
“All the days of thy life,” this would
continue for Adam, which
indicated there would be a termination for his physical life, and that
he was 930 years old. His physical death
was a result of his spiritual death.
Life span since Adam’s time has gradually been
shortened. In the millennium, it will
again be extended
(Isaiah 65:20), where people will live literally for centuries during
Once Adam ate freely of every tree of
the garden. Now he’s scrounging for
herbs in the fields,
trying to stay alive from an earth that will no longer produce for him. Verse 19 indicates that he would return to
the ground from whence he came, this discipline of physical death. Food was necessary to sustain life. Now it was going to be secured by strenuous
and the sweat of his face. One day his
body was going to die. He was to return
to the chemicals of the ground from which he was originally made. “Out of it was thou taken” refers
to his body,
of course, not to his spirit or his soul.
The body is simply a house that God designed for the
soul. It’s a tent.
It’s a tabernacle. That’s
its value. The real person is the spirit
and soul that
lives inside of your body. The spirit
and soul never die, contrary to (the teaching of) some of the cults. The spirit and soul never die.
It is only your body that dies.
Death is summarized in the word
“separation.” Physical death
is the spirit and soul leaving
So after a person dies, what do we
have left? Well we have left chemicals of
ground. That’s what we have left. We have somebody who has a certain shape and
feature of someone you once knew in life.
But what you are looking at when you look at that
dead person, is a pile
of chemicals. In time, that’s all it
will be. There is nothing sacred about a
dead human body. Until you understand
some Bible doctrine, you’re going to act like a pagan at funeral
of someone who
is a loved on to you. You will be making
over a dead body. I think it’s
monstrous practice to have funerals where the casket is open. I think when people finally come to a certain
point of spiritual maturity, they move that body from its deathbed into
hospital, into the mortician’s establishment, he does his job,
that body is
placed within that casket, and it’s closed, and it’s not
opened again. It doesn’t fly open
until resurrection day,
if there’s anything to fly out of it then.
But it remains closed. The
image you have of that person is the image you had in life.
It is a paganistic custom that
we’ve inherited from pagan
practices to make over a dead body at a funeral service.
You (may) have been in the presence of people
who stood before dead bodies and have screamed and thrown themselves on
floor and carried on, You (may) have
been in the presence of funeral services where the preacher is enough
professional to know that people’s emotions are on edge, and all
he has to do
is do a little exciting of those emotions with the right words, and he
really throw them overboard into a lot of emotional expression so he
that he gave a wonderful funeral sermon.
The body is going to die someday, and when
it’s dead, it has no value
The believer, when he’s
resurrected, he’s going to get a new
body. He’s not going to get that old
body back. He’s going to get a new
that’s made like unto the Lord Jesus Christ’s body. He’s going to get a body that is free of
and space, and has all the dramatic qualities of a resurrection body. As we were telling you in prayer meeting last
week, some of the people from last Sunday night wanted to know,
“Will I be able
to enjoy the millennium in my body?.
Here I have a resurrection body.
Can I enjoy the millennium? They’re
a little envious of the people who are going to be here in natural
because the millennium is going to be a time (with) no sickness, no
no hunger, no labor management problems, the perfect work situations,
recreation—recreation of the most fantastic kind.
Will you be able to enjoy it?
Yes, I think you’ll be able to
enjoy it. We said you’ll be able to
water ski, and when
you fall, you’ll be able to just walk on the water back to the
shore. And all of the mortals will stand
punch one another and say, “Look at that.”
You’ll be the envy of the universe.
You’ll move as you please.
you fly, and your airplane stops—the engine conks out up
there—you just get out
and spin the prop up there and you get going again, and there’s
problem. It’s all very exciting. You can just look forward to all the things
that you enjoy now, but you’re going to enjoy on a much more
but you’re going to do it in a resurrection body.
It’s going to be a totally different body
from what you have.
The body in life gives evidence of the
stamp of death upon
it. Have some of you noticed that you
don’t look as good now as you did a few years ago?
I’ve been around long enough to have seen some
of you over quite a long
expanse of time. One of the things
been doing around here for years is taking movies.
We’ve taken movies as far back as the first
Bible School of 1951. Every now and
then, on some Sunday night, as a special feature, I pull in a movie
16, or 17 years ago, and let you see yourself as you once were, and it
riot. Everybody goes home crying. How good it used to be. You
notice that the body deteriorates.
When you’re young, and
you’re energetic, and you’re all
smooth looking, and you have all that vitality, and you look good, you
can be a
real rat on the inside. You can be the
biggest louse there is, and your youthful outward appearance covers it
up. But … as you get older, and the
begins to bear the effects of death that is stamped upon it, and (it)
deteriorates. If you’re a louse on
the outside then, it’s
going to show up more and more because the outside isn’t going to
you. Many a person who is a very
unpalatable personality covers it up with his youth.
But when you get older, you can’t cover it
up, and the real you is what stands out in striking contrast to any
may have cast before then. So it is the
course of wisdom, and this is what we mean by inner beauty. Peter speaks of a woman’s inner beauty. This is the course of wisdom to start
building up the spiritual maturity structure in your soul because
makes you beautiful. No matter how
wrinkled and prunish-looking you are on the outside, if you have a
maturity structure on the inside, you are indeed a beautiful person.
So Adam was told that there would be
upon him this judgment
that he would die, and that he would return to the chemicals of the
he has lost his dominion over the earth, (and) he’s no longer in
control. Satan is in control.
The earth is now cursed so it will no longer
produce for him. His ultimate end is to
Then in verses 20 and 21, we have the
which God has offered to them in Genesis 3:15.
“And Adam called his wife’s name
It looks like this in the Hebrew: “chauah.”
It means, “giver of life.”
was to be the channel providing the Lord Jesus Christ who would come as
giver of eternal life. Adam calling his
wife by this name, the giver of life, the giver particularly of
through the savior who would come as her seed, indicated that he had
the promise concerning the woman’s seed, and that he was now born
again. He had accepted what God had
promised. Adam was the first person to be
saved. His faith was based upon the virgin
provision and promise.
Adam said, “She is to be the
mother of all living,” which
meant that all the human race was descent from her.
Adam is the father of all the dead (Romans
5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:22a). Eve is the
mother of all living, and Adam is the father of all dead.
In verse 21 we have an application of
symbolized. Their salvation is
symbolized. “For Adam also and for
wife did the Lord God make coats of skin and clothed them.” Coats of skin, of course, animal skins, had
to be obtained by the shedding of life of blood, taking the life of an
animal in order to provide this covering, which was God’s divine
for their sin, in place of that ridiculous loincloth of fig leaves that
had woven for themselves. This act, of
course, symbolized the death of the savior who was promised, and of the
which would come through him.
In 1 John 1:7, John says, “But
if we walk in the light as He
is in the light, we have fellowship, one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleansed us from all sin.”
In Hebrews 9:22, “And almost all things are
by the law, purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood (the
an innocent life for a guilty life) is no remission.” In 1 Peter 1:18, “For as much as ye know
ye were not redeemed with corruptible things like silver and gold from
vain manner of life received by tradition from your fathers, but with
precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without
So what God was doing when He gave
them these skins for
clothing, was demonstrating to them what He was going to do in the
providing a death in their behalf to cover their sins.
They who had died spiritually would have
someone else who would die spiritually for them. They
who had suffered the consequences of
spiritual death in physical death would have that physical death
through resurrection because of what Christ was going to provide.
So the coats, the clothing that He
provided, spoke of imputation
of divine righteousness at the point of their salvation.
Both Adam and Eve accepted the promise.
Both were born again. So
grace provided the divine covering in
place of their legalism and their human good of fig leaf loincloths.
You and I face God the same way. You can either face God with your fig leaf
clothing of your human good, or you can and face Him on what He has
provided. You’ll never be at ease in
presence of God in your loincloth of fig leaves, but you’ll be
ease in the covering which He has provided for you.
So Adam and Eve are born again. Today the issue is not sin.
Jesus Christ has removed that. This
issue is human good versus divine. God is
perfect. His provision therefore is
perfect. He has perfectly provided for our
sins. Man is imperfect, and the only thing
provide for his sin is also imperfect.
Genesis 3:15 is the gospel presented, and the gospel
Then in verse 22 of Genesis 3, God
takes one more action in
His judgment against them. They are
expelled from the Garden of Eden. In
Genesis 3:22, “And the Lord said, ‘Behold the man has
become as one of us (that
is one of the Trinity), to know good and evil.
And now lest he put forth his hand and take also of
the tree of life and
eat, and live forever,’ therefore the Lord God sent him forth
from the Garden
of Eden, to till the ground from where he was taken.
So he drove out the man, and He placed at the
east of the Garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned
to guard the way to the tree of life.”
Remember that there was another tree
in that garden—not only
the special tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but there was a
life. Apparently, man up to this point
man had not eaten of the tree of life.
Man knew good and evil now by experience, as God
knows good and evil by
omniscience. This knowledge had
contaminated man’s nature. Now he
sinner (with an) old sin nature, unfit for heaven.
He could walk over to the other part of the
garden and, in that condition, eat from the tree of life.
And if he did, a very disastrous thing would
have taken place. For had he eaten of the
tree of life, he would have then lived forever in the condition of
death with an old sin nature. There
could never have been a savior provided through the human race. Nobody could have been saved.
Salvation would not have even been an
issue. Man would have lived forever
from God in the misery of sin.
So at this point God had to take some
action. The man had not yet eaten from the
life, as is indicated by the word “also.”
“He has become one of us lest he put forth his
hand and take also of the
tree of life.” He hasn’t done
so God is going to take action to keep him from doing that. The tree of life could never provide
forgiveness of sins, or absolute righteousness.
It just would perpetuate him in his state of sin. Only exercise of positive volition toward the
tree of the cross is going to give him righteousness and forgiveness. There was no chance for his posterity if he
ate of this tree. His posterity would
have no chance of selecting eternal life.
They would be born in this state where they would
have their sin nature
So the cross would bring eternal life. It was another tree that God
of the cross. This one … would give
a resurrection body free of the old sin nature.
So we’re told that He drove man
out. In the Hebrew, this is in the
which means that man was somewhat loathed to leave, naturally, this
God was determined to drive him out of (the) perfect environment, and
did. And He provided him with a defense
against going back into the garden. What’s
to keep man from turning right around and going back into the Garden of
Eden? Well, God put an angel, and he
gave Him a flaming sword that went in all directions surrounding this
protecting this garden, and the angel’s wielding this flaming
man from ever returning to the Garden of Eden.
For all we know, it may still be there, and the
angel’s still guarding
By removing man from the garden in
this way, God removed him
with his volition intact. Man could
still choose now (between) the tree of the cross or he could reject it. If he had eaten of the tree of life, his
volition would have been gone. There
could have been nothing he could have chosen after that.
So this was again a discipline that was a
kindness that God exercised upon man.
Regeneration actually gives man a much higher
position than he had
before he fell.
So here’s a summary: An interesting
comparison man’s curse and the
work of Christ on the cross. As we
compare the two, we find that the ground was cursed, though it was
innocent. Jesus Christ was cursed for
sin, though He was innocent. In Galatians
3:13, Paul writes, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
made a curse for us, for it is written, ‘cursed is everyone that
hangs on a
tree.” The ground was cursed though
was innocent. Jesus Christ was cursed on
our account though he was innocent.
Secondly, the earth brings forth
thorns. We read that the Lord Jesus Christ
crown of thorns because of our sin.
Number three, man earns bread by the
sweat of his face. Jesus Christ in
Gethsemane, for our salvation
sweat great drops of blood. In Luke
22:44, we read, “And being in agony, he prayed more earnestly. And the sweat was as it were great drops of
blood falling to the ground.”
Number four, man returns to dust in
death, and Jesus Christ
was brought out of the dust in resurrection.
Psalm 22:15 says, “My strength is dried up
like a potsherd. My tongue cleaves to my
jaws. Thou hast brought me into the dust
Number five, man by sin died
spiritually. Jesus Christ, by bearing our
spiritually on the Cross. Isaiah 53:9
says, “And He made his grave with the wicked and the rich in His
because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His
mouth.” He died spiritually. In Matthew 27:46, we read, “And about
ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama
that is to say, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken
me?’” So He is separated from
God in His spiritual
And finally, man died twice.
He died spiritually at once (Genesis 3:6). Adam died physically at 930 years of age
(Genesis 5:5). His physical death was a
result of his spiritual death. Jesus
Christ also died twice. He died
spiritually during the last three hours on the cross (Psalm 22:1, 2
5:21). Then He died physically when He
said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
When His sin-bearing mission was completed, He
dismissed His spirit.
So man is born physically alive but
spiritually dead. Every baby is born
physically alive but
spiritually dead. But a man who is born
again is spiritually alive with eternal life for his physical body. It amounts to this: A
man who is born once, will die twice. But
a man who is born twice, will only die
once, unless the rapture takes place. A
man who is once: If this is your
condition this morning, and you have nothing but a physical birth, then
going to die twice. You will someday die
physically, and you will die spiritually.
You’ll be separated from your soul and spirit,
and you’ll forever be
separated from God in your soul and spirit.
If you have only been born once, you will die twice. If you have been born twice, that is, you
have been born physically, and you have received Christ as your savior,
therefore you have been born spiritually, then you’re only going
once. The only way you can die is
physically, unless the rapture takes place, and then you won’t
So as you look at the grim story in
those opening verses
here in Genesis 3, of man’s fall into sin, it’s a kind of
picture. But it’s against the
background of the fact that God changes discipline into blessing. This is how He did it, because out of that,
we are elevated to a position far above angels.
All of us positionally now are seated in heaven. We are above all angels. We
are seated with Jesus Christ. We are in
Him. We are superior to every angel that
I hope that if you have not accepted
Christ as your savior,
so that all you have is one physical birth, that you do something about
today. It is a hazardous position. If you die with that one birth, you will die
twice. There will be no return from
it. Whereas if you come alive
spiritually, you have nothing to fear—maybe not even physical
itself. Shall we pray?
Heavenly father, we thank thee for
this thy Word. Again we ask thee to give
and gratefulness to thee. Help us to
appreciate the fact that Satan is a spoiler.
Help us to see clearly what thou has done for us
through thy Son, and to
realize what it is that Satan is trying to spoil. Help
us to realize that once we have accepted
thy Son, we enter thy salvation and we enter thy plan.
And from then on, our functioning under thy
care and direction. Help us to realize
that this is what Satan seeks to spoil in those who are
of thy plan in our lives. So we pray, oh
God, that thou will help us to have a great respect toward what we have
over these recent months concerning growing up in spiritual things as a
Christian, and that each of us may review again and again that area of
study so that we may examine ourselves in these facets of the pentagon
spiritual maturity, and be aware of how Satan is seeking to restrain
discourage and to cause us to take this so indifferently so that we are
prepared for his devices, we are not prepared for his tricks, and he is
spoil that which we could be in thy hands.
Oh, God, protect us from human good.
Make us Christians who function on thy divine good. We pray in Christ’s name.
John E. Danish, 1971
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