“Did God actually SAY…?”

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made.
    He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”—Genesis 3:1 ESV

Contemplating a resolution for the New Year?  Perhaps setting  goal to read through your Bible this year? Ponder a few points from our Bible reading in Genesis 3.

The serpent’s first point of attack was to cast doubt on God’s word.  “Did God actually say…??” One way to counterattack is to be reading your Bible each day, learning what God REALLY says and getting to know Him through the Word He has given to us! Dig in daily and delight in God!

When God comes to Adam and Eve, their first responses are to hide and to shift the blame from themselves onto others.  We do this in hundreds of ways each day.  Even when it comes to reading our Bible, we can rationalize and blame others or our busy lives that we do not make the time each day for God.

That’s why I appreciated reading Paul Tripp’s “Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones” (click here).  Here is a portion of what he wrote at the Desiring God Blog:

You see, the character of a life is not set in two or three dramatic moments, but in 10,000 little moments. The character that was formed in those little moments is what shapes how you respond to the big moments of life.

What leads to significant personal change?

  • 10,000 moments of personal insight and conviction
  • 10,000 moments of humble submission
  • 10,000 moments of foolishness exposed and wisdom gained
  • 10,000 moments of sin confessed and sin forsaken
  • 10,000 moments of courageous faith
  • 10,000 choice points of obedience
  • 10,000 times of forsaking the kingdom of self and running toward the kingdom of God
  • 10,000 moments where we abandon worship of the creation and give ourselves to worship of the Creator.

And what makes all of this possible? Relentless, transforming, little-moment grace. You see, Jesus is Emmanuel not just because he came to earth, but because he makes you the place where he dwells. This means he is present and active in all the mundane moments of your daily life.

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