My Belief Determine My Behavior!
Do you really believe what you say you believe? If you do, then it will follow with a change in behavior. Too often we try to change our behavior to reach an outcome when what we really should be challenging is our belief.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
From the following pairs, which unhealthy food is more tempting to you: chocolate cake or french fries? Pizza or ice cream? Potato chips or a smoothie? Chips and queso or donuts and coffee?
Think about the progression of your mind when you are tempted by unhealthy foods. What does that show you about the nature of temptation? How does it work?
What are some things that help you overcome the temptation to eat those foods? Do these principles apply to other kinds of temptation as well? Why or why not?
Compare Genesis 2:16-17 with this passage. What did God really say? What did Eve change? What contradictions and lies did the serpent make?
Name one example of a way we change or redefine God’s commands today. Have you ever considered those detours from God’s Word as a ploy of Satan? Why or why not?
Do you think it is fair to say the aim of every temptation is to make you think you should “be like God” (v. 5)? Why or why not?
Pray that God RE-BOOTS your belief in Him and helps you to trust Him in every area of your life.
In your own life, where might you be tempted to blur the lines of sin, to downgrade the issue, or even redefine it as something other than sin?
How will you arm yourself in advance to meet those temptations? How can we help each other?
The woman’s claim goes beyond anything recorded in God’s instructions to Adam. Therefore it seems that Adam had given his wife an additional command beyond what God said, or else Eve herself exaggerated the command as Satan tempted her to view God as selfish and overly restrictive. The serpent, recognizing the woman’s confusion, found a point of attack. Knowing that the woman would not die by merely touching the fruit, he boldly contradicted what she had reported to be God’s command. He then skillfully lied by distorting God’s word, implying that God had prohibited people from eating the fruit only to keep them from becoming as knowledgeable as He. The woman was now fully deceived.
Since the woman did not die when she touched the fruit—in contradiction to what she had thought God said (v. 3.)—she ate it. Though Adam was with her at the time, he did nothing to stop her. Perhaps he wanted to eat of it as much as the woman did, but fearing the consequences, used his wife as a “guinea pig” to make sure it would not cause instant death. As the serpent had indicated, the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew, but instead of producing godlike power, the knowledge brought only a sense of human inadequacy, fear, and shame.
God took the initiative in reaching out to sinful humanity. This pattern—humanity sinning, then God seeking out sinners—becomes the primary theme of the rest of the Bible. Its ultimate expression is found in Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save people alienated from God because of their sin; in Him God once again walked on the earth in search of sinners.