Thursday, August 9th
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
The key to a successful Christian life is focus. What you pay the most attention to is what you’ll gravitate toward. When you’re behind the wheel of a car and you put your focus on something on the side of the road that is very likely where you’ll end up. This was the case with Eve when the serpent approached her. She had her focus on the wrong tree. If you’ll notice in today’s scripture reference she said the tree ‘in the midst’, or middle, of the garden was the one they were not to eat from. However, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not the one in the middle of the garden according to what God said Genesis 2:9, the tree of life was. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil wasn’t in the middle of the garden but it was the center of Eve’s focus. The serpent simply took notice of what Eve’s attention was on and took advantage of it. The devil cannot make you do anything, he has no authority over you, but he is very opportunistic. He knows when you’re having a bad day or a weak moment and he will try to capitalize on it. When you catch yourself getting weak or distracted you must do what it takes to reclaim a proper focus so you won’t be pulled off into the ditch. If life and it’s circumstances are distracting you, make a conscious decision to put your attention back on the One who can keep you from falling. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff