death

In Genesis 1:16-17, God told Adam he could eat of any tree in the garden, with the exception of one. The consequence of such a choice would bring certain death. Those of us who have attended children’s church at some point in our lives know, that his wife Eve, was later tricked by the serpent to eat of it, and instead of covering her as a husband should, Adam not only didn’t stop her, but he chose to indulge with her. They both instantly felt shame, and it resulted in a broken relationship with God. BUT, they did not die.

At least not then…

In the New Testament, we are taught that all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. Through the grace of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are free to choose, but there are still long term, often inconspicuous and festering consequences to our choices, which long-term, result in death –

death to relationship…

emotional, relational or mental health…

stagnation of spiritual growth…

loss of stability..clouded vision of our purpose…

For whatever reason, human nature tends to draw us towards those things which are bad for us. We can choose 99 of the things, but the one we want is what inevitably brings death. Most likely it’s why so many turn from a life with God while others draw up their own list of rules – WE want to choose.

We become enslaved to our own free will.

To every action, there is a reaction, and while God is faithful to warn us of what is not good for us, He is also so gracious as to bail us out, without an “I told you so,” when we do choose the wrong path. Mistakes of long ago can echo into today, and sometimes we don’t even recognize that we are reaping a seed sown long ago.

What have you lost as a result of choice? Where are you struggling to find success? Even poor decision making in the wake of something another has inflicted upon you can bring with it consequence. Regardless of who is at fault, ALL things can be redeemed. Perhaps never returned to their prior state, but we CAN move forward when we accept the death, grieve, and then allow the Lord to pick up the pieces.

Be authentic in where you are, and allow yourself to walk in freedom today. Don’t allow pride or fear or an unwillingness to forgive, keep you from being all you are designed for. The liberty that comes from operating in safe spaces is infinitely more freeing than any choice made outside of the love of our God.

Shalom.

 

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