Eyes Pleased
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“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was…pleasing to the eye…she took…it” (Genesis 3:6) 

     Have you ever gone to the Mall and found nothing you wished you can have. Hardly, I am sure. Department stores employ marketing experts who make sure their display attracts your eyes and arouse your desire to want to own the products they sell. And weak as we all are, after our eyes have been pleased, we do our best to obtain those that caught our attention. This started in the Garden. Eve was deceived so that what was presented to her was pleasing to her eyes she couldn’t resist having it. From then, materialism crept into man’s heart to the point that avarice, one of the seven deadly sins, became the measure of success. God was placed in the backseat in man’s life and the effort to pursue God became a boring activity. What product have you seen in lately?

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Who Dwells In You?
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Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” (Mark 1:23-24) 

     Do you say you believe and even tell others that you believe in Christ? Then your deeds in private should resemble those of Christ‘s. If not, you are nowhere near Christ , much less believe in Christ. If you are into adultery, uncleanness, idolatry, hatred, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, envy, drunkenness, revelries, and the like mentioned in Galatians 5:19, you simply don’t have Christ. You could argue that you go to church and often surround yourself with other believers, but so does the devil. Christ and the devil cannot dwell in the same place. You must decide who dwells in you. Christ or Satan?


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Lust of The Flesh
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“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food…she took some and ate it” (Genesis 3:6)

Satan deceives by enticing you where you are most vulnerable, your appetite for food and your desire for sexual pleasure. The Apostle John unmasked this by simply stating, “…the lust of the flesh is not of the Father but is of this world.” (1 John 2:16). The insatiable appetite for food brings serious health issues while the desire for illicit sexual pleasure not only hurts and separates you from God but also hurts other people. Jesus is very particular on the latter. He says you have to nip the bud from the heart. In Matthew 5:28 He says, “But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” No doubt, this applies to women as well. Therefore, whenever Satan passes by with an irresistible offer, do not just say “No” but also say, “It is written…” Of course, you need to be able to say Matthew 5:28.


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Fisher
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“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, HE SAW Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen…When he had gone a little farther, HE SAW James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets…” (Mark 1:16, 19).

     Whatever you are, male or female, young or old, married or single, rich or poor; whatever you are doing, idle or unemployed, a servant or a master, in high or low position; whatever state you are in, healthy or sick, distressed or at peace, famous or obscure; wherever you are, in the city or in the jungle, in the plain or in the mountain, in the desert or near a river; whoever you are with, with friends or acquaintances, with someone or alone; in whatever season, day, or hour, God is calling you through His Son to work for His kingdom in the hearts of others. Just like how Jesus saw and called the fishermen, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mark 1:17) He saw you and is calling you to be a fisher of men just by simply telling others about Him in words and in deed. Have you told someone about Him lately?


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Doubt
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“Now the serpent…said… ‘Has God indeed said,…?’” (Genesis 3:1)

     “Doubt” is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as: to suspect that somebody is not sincere or trustworthy, or that something is not true, likely, or genuine. From the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the present time, Satan has continuously did what he is good at, to convince you that the Word of God cannot be trusted and God lies all the time. He starts his deception by slowly questioning your faith. He encourages you to use your intelligence to find out that God’s intentions are self-serving. He also stimulates your senses by showing you that you can have more pleasure and you can be greater than you are now without obeying God. Thus, Satan feeds your pride. Since his only intention is to destroy you, he then leaves you alone to suffer the consequences once the momentary pleasure is gone. Do you currently doubt God? Stand firm and don’t let Satan fool you.


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He Delivers
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“It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "‘I will…’” (Mark 1:2)

      There at least a thousand promises of God through the Bible that you can personally claim. If you believe these promises from God as an answer to your appropriate situation, and you take it in its biblical context, they are yours to claim. You can rest your faith on them and you are guaranteed that God will deliver them to you. The delivery is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” meaning, they will surely come in God’s time. Seasons may change and significant events may occur but, when God says “I will…” He will. You can hold these promises in your heart as you go on with your life while remaining faithful to Him. Has God given you a personal promise from the Bible lately? Share the verse here to bless others.


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My Fault
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The man said, ‘The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.’" (Genesis 3:12)

     These days people blame others even for damages or injuries that they themselves have caused. Criminals who are caught red handed committing heinous crimes do not admit to anything. Instead, they blame their parents, their exposures to certain environments, the social system that they said shaped their personalities, or anything, just anything to avoid admitting their fault. The finger pointing attitude of man started way back in the Garden of Eden. When God inquired Adam of his fault, Adam pointed to Eve who in turn pointed to the serpent. Going back to Adam’s response, he was in fact blaming God for bringing to him Eve. At first glance, the serpent started it all because the serpent offered, Eve was tempted, and Adam consented. End of the story. It was the serpent‘s fault. Or was it? Wasn’t it Eve who tried the fruit? Or was it God who created Eve? None of these. It was all Adam’s fault. Read Genesis 2-3. What do you think?


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Woman
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“Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22)

     God created the woman out of the man’s rib. The man’s rib is at his side. I believe there is something important that God wanted the man to remember if not always bear in mind: That the woman is God’s gift for the man to respect just how man respects his own self. She wasn’t created from his foot to be stepped on, not from his index finger to be told what to do or where to go or to come at his pleasure, not from his back to be a back-up and be neglected or ignored, not from his head to be outsmarted, or not from his eyes to be watched for her mistakes. The woman is the man’s companion, friend, a help at his side who must be helped, loved, and cared for.


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Nazareth
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“It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth…” (Mark 1:9)


      The Bible’s Old Testament never mentions the town of Nazareth. In the New Testament, Nathael sarcastically joked about the town by saying, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). These give me the feeling that the town of Nazareth must have been synonymous with crime, prostitution, poverty, lawlessness, addiction, you name it. It must have been a very bad neighborhood so that it would rather be forgotten, not to be mentioned at all. And yet, Jesus, the Son of God who came down as man, came from such an obscure town. Nazareth was placed on the map when He appeared. Why is that? I can only think of one reason. Jesus cares so much for people like you and me, obscure, no reputation, irrelevant, poor, no good, sinful, and forgotten. Rejoice that Jesus identified Himself with us and replaced our shameful reputation with His salvation. He began by choosing to come from an unknown town with forgotten people - Nazareth.


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Fruitful
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So God created man …and God said to them, “Be fruitful…” (Genesis 1:27-28)

     Right after God created man (male and female), it is interesting to note that God’s first order of the day is to inform them of their mission - to be fruitful. What does this mean? Aside from its literal meaning of physically reproducing, the Hebrew word used here also means “to show fruitfulness.” This meaning makes every man’s responsibility to bring out and exercise God’s character in dealing with his fellow man. In the process, if every one does this to each other, the image of God is multiplied endlessly thereby saturating the whole earth. Now, there are sweet fruits that satisfy the heart. However, there are also bitter fruits and they hurt. Which one are you?


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