The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
— Genesis 2:15-17 NLT
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.”
— Genesis 3: 1-5 NLT
• When the serpent went to Eve and tempted her about eating the fruit, in her reply, she incorrectly added to what God told her — she was in partial truth. The enemy was tripping her up. When we add to or change what God said, we will not have what God said. When you say what God said in His Word, when you believe what God said in His Word, you will have what God said.
• Satan was enticing Eve with the unknown.
• If the enemy can get you to question God, you will never obtain what God has for you.
But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.
— Romans 5:15 NLT
• Once you understand forgiveness, you walk in a new light.
• God made a conscious decision to forget our sins.
• As you put every doubt and unbelief under your feet, your faith will rise.
The more we learn about the forgiveness of God, the easier it is to lead others into that forgiveness.