September 05:2018

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. 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. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
Genesis 3:6-13 (NIV)


From the account above, we see that God approached Adam after he had disobeyed Him and eaten of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and he blamed Eve, who in turn blamed the serpent. The results were curses! God dislikes disobedience.

In the past, we may have likewise pointed a finger at someone else instead of taking the fall. Some play the blame game and refuse to take responsibility for their actions. They may say, “It was the devil!”

Brethren, the word of God is available to help us make the right choices in life. This is why being led by the Spirit cannot be over-emphasized. We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in the right path and if we make mistakes along the way by reason of our disobedience or inattentiveness, we should take responsibility for our actions, confess our sins and genuinely repent from them.

He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Happy is the man who is always reverent, but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity (Proverbs 28:13-14)

Beloved, God is always ready to receive us back to Him. At the same time, we must realize that we are responsible for our own actions because he has given us the Holy Spirit and His Word to lead us in the right directions.

Additional Scripture Reference(s): James 5:16 Galatians 6:5

Prayer & Confession of Faith

From today onward, I will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. I will heed His guidance and not be distracted by anything along the way. Amen!

One Year Bible Reading: Genesis 29

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