The age-old battle between discretion and desire is as real now as at the beginning of time as you know it. The first man and woman were torn between desire and discretion (common sense) and desire won and they ended up losing everything. Today is no different, the same war continues in your body today, the war between the mind and desire.
Desire triumphed over common sense in Adam and Eve and both lost a lot. What is your battle today? What desire is trying to overcome and overpower your common sense this day? Friend, as much as God’s Word promises that God will give you the desires of your heart not all things your body desires are beneficial for you. Adam and Eve ate something the body desired, but which God, The Creator, very plainly told them to not partake of.
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Proverbs 2:16-17 NIV)
For many people this is just another verse which most people assume to not be relevant in this time and age, because they say: “There is no forbidden tree in our time, there is no forbidden fruit.” Friend, this Word of God is as relevant today as it was in the time of Adam and Eve. Wisdom will teach you that every Word of God is to be honoured and respected, since the life of man is dependent on the Word of God. If the Word of God says you will live, then you will live and if the Word of God says you will die then you will die. Adam and Eve were given God-given freedom to eat of all the other trees in the Garden of Eden, but they were commanded to not eat of that one tree. They had freedom to eat to their heart’s content of all the other fruits in the Garden and be satisfied, but they desired to eat of that which was not given to them by God. They succumbed to desire and ate of the forbidden tree, they ate the forbidden fruit and the consequences were that they lost all the other fruits they were free to eat.
I know you want to know, “What does that have to do with me?” You want to know if there is something which you are forbidden to eat from today. Friend if you are at all familiar with the Word of God you will also know the same kind of battle between mind and discretion(common sense) which Adam and Eve were confronted with. You also have come to a fork in the road, will you follow your desire or will you honour the knowledge of God? Will you eat the forbidden fruit and forfeit your life and die or will you honour the Word of God and restrain yourself and live? I know you think that if you were in Eve or Adam’s shoes today that you would “never” eat from that forbidden tree, because you believe you have enough common sense to do the right and sensible thing. After all, who in their right mind would reject life for a fruit?
Well, friend, today you are in Adam and Eve’s shoes, today you are standing at a fork in the road. Today you are told to not eat the forbidden fruit; you are free to eat of all the other fruits, except of the fruit of God.
“Honour the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” (Proverbs 3:9)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust in the LORD with “all” your heart, that includes trusting God when it comes to your wealth or money, for most people this portion of Scripture is their forbidden fruit, their money. They withhold the firstfruits or offering from God, The Creator, and eat it. Friend, God is saying that you are free to eat all of the money you have except the portion of your money that is due to God, your offering. Today you are at a fork in your road, desire or discretion, eat your offering or honour God with your wealth.
“Do not be wise be in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Proverbs 3:7)
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