Re: Vitalise | Lost our Position in Righteousness
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
THE NATURE OF MAN -BEFORE THE FALL OF ADAM
1. When God created Man, he had the life of God in him, he was an eternal spirit being with an eternal human body created to live forever
2. God gave Man dominion over the whole earth (Genesis 1:26-28) and when God created Man as his companion and under his ruler (Psalm 8:3-9)
3. Adam had such complete authority over creation that he had in his hands the legal right to deliver that dominion another human being (Luke 4:1-6)
4.God created Man to with the responsibilities was to give birth to His children, eternal spirits, and to educate them and train them to love and to serve God (Genesis 1:28
THE FALL OF MAN
Adam created the highest treason against his creator ( Genesis 3:1-13).
The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman,
”Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the LORD God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Genesis 3:1-13 NLT
Satan has no new tricks, he has been around since the beginning of creation and he has been the downfall of many great people.
THREE TEMPTATIONS OF SIN : LUST OF THE FLESH, LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE
What is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life? Simply stated, these are the three temptations to sin that every human will experience. Now let’s examine these three temptations to sin that every human will experience. We read about these three temptations in First John: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16).
Here, John gives us three temptations that are of the world. Every adult human in history has been tempted with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. It is important to beware of these three areas of temptation that we will all face, for every sin we commit will be preceded by at least one of these temptations.
WHAT IS THE LUST OF THE FLESH?
The lust of the flesh is that temptation to feel physical pleasure from some sinful activity—to do something to make the flesh feel satisfied. It can involve any type of sinful activity that will bring pleasure to the body. Examples of the “lust of the flesh” include the following:
Drug use (marijuana, pills, cocaine, alcohol, etc.)
The Apostle Paul gives us a nice example of the “works of the flesh,” many of which are works we do when we succumb to the lust of the flesh: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).
WHAT IS THE LUST OF THE EYES?
The lust of the eyes is that temptation to look upon things we shouldn’t look upon, or to have things that we shouldn’t have. In other words, it is to cast our eyes upon something with desire or pleasure, even though God has told us not to look upon those things.
The sin of coveting is a prime example of the result of succumbing to the lust of the eyes.
We rarely hear of the sin of coveting in today’s time, but “thou shalt not covet” was the 10th commandment that God gave to the Israelites.
To covet means to have a yearning or a strong desire to have something that rightfully belongs to someone else. “That’s not fair that he has such a beautiful wife. I want her as my wife,” is a prime example. Other examples of the lust of the eyes include looking at pornography, desiring others’ material possessions, status, appearance, etc. It’s the recognition that something sinful has visual appeal, and then wanting it for the sake of it’s visual appeal.
Consider this passage in Second Samuel with regards to King David and Bathsheba, the woman with whom David would soon commit adultery:
“And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon” (2 Samuel 11:2; emphasis mine).
WHAT IS THE PRIDE OF LIFE?
The pride of life is that sinful temptation for excess greatness or power that we all feel the temptation to attain. Pride itself is one of the sins that God hates most. It is the sin that made Lucifer (the beautiful angel) turn into Satan (the adversary). Some examples of this sin include the following:
Desiring to get credit or glory for things that others (or God) did
Desiring for others to worship us or hold us in excess esteem, “to make a name for ourselves”
Desiring to feel valued or more important than others around us
Desiring to have positions of power over others in a way that puffs up our own ego for the sake of bragging rights (Jesus said that those who desire to be great should be the greatest servant)
Consider the words of Satan himself, who was so filled with pride that he wanted to be God: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:14). Looking at These Three Temptations in Action Every sin we commit will involve at least one of these three temptations, but it may include all three. Notice how Satan used all three temptations with Eve in the Garden of Eden, and with Jesus in the New Testament. Eve succumbed to the temptations, yet Jesus resisted them:
Eve’s Temptation by Satan And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food [lust of the flesh], and that it was pleasant to the eyes [lust of the eyes], and a tree to be desired to make one wise [the pride of life], she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” (Genesis 3:6).
Jesus’ Temptation by Satan
Jesus was tempted on all three temptations and he overcame everyone. (Matthew 4: 1-11, Hebrews 2: 18 )
Jesus did not use His sonship as a weapon against Satan, He used the Word of God and declared, " It is written'
And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread [lust of the flesh]. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone [the pride of life]. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them [the lust of the eyes]; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:3-10). It’s important to note that it is not a sin to enjoy physical pleasure in things in which God allows us to feel pleasure.
For example, God created food to taste delicious. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious meal (we have to eat to live), but gluttony is a sin. God also created sex. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying intimacy with our spouses, but adultery or fornication is sin.
There is nothing wrong with looking at beautiful things. There are many beautiful paintings, materials, and even creation itself is breathtaking. Is there anything more beautiful than a rainbow, a mountain landscape, the ocean, or the stars?
But when we lustfully look upon things God has commanded us to avoid, such as pornography, other people’s spouses, or other people’s possessions, it becomes sin.
Finally, there is nothing wrong with having ambition or desiring to work hard. However, when we fail to give glory to God, when we desire to be praised for other’s efforts, or when we desire power or knowledge for the sake of puffing ourselves up, we become entangled in the pride of life.
What defeated Satan 2000 years ago was the Word, and what will continue to keep him defeated today is the Word.
THE 12 SPIRITUAL EFFECTS OF THE NATURE OF MAN AFTER THE FALL
2. Man was separated from God- he lost God's consciousness and gained self consciousness (Isa. 59:2)
3. Man became ignorant and blind ( Eph 4:18)
4.Man became corrupt and deceitful in his heart (Jer 17: 9 )
5. Man became servants to sin ( John 8:34)
6. Man became dominated by Satan (Eph 2:2 ; Rom 6:20)
7. Man became a child of the devil ( John 8:44)
8. Man was doomed to hell ( Rev 20: 11-15)
9. Man was without a covenant, without hope without God (Eph 2:12)
10. Man became to subject to sickness, disease, pain and all the evil in this world. (John 10:10 ; John 5:19)
11. Man had no fellowship with God ( Gen 3:7-10 ; Isa. 59:2)
12. Man lost his right standing with God ( Gen 3: 22-24)
Written by Ama Ghana @seekyefirstjesus
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
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#Christianity is the life of #God (the Creator) in human beings (that's us). What this means, practically, is that each day, you take steps to get to know this God, through His Word, the Bible (https://classic.biblegateway.com) ,by building a relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ.
In the same way, as soon as your baby is born, in fact from the moment you "know" that you are pregnant, you spend time getting to know the baby, letting them know that each day
I ask you, then, would you like to be in a relationship with #God, the God of the Bible, the God that made this beautiful earth, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:
This the WHAT
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."**
And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse.
This is the WHY
"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**
In exchange for following Jesus you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again.
Read this prayer along with me:
This is your YES
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right.
Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**
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