Where are You? ~ the Great Question

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  BY FRANCESROGERS

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Gen. 3:9

I remember as a young child crouching in the corner of a small coat closet. I don’t recall why except that I wanted to be alone. I had either done something wrong and dreaded facing the consequences or at the worst, been chastised already. I don’t remember how long it took my parents to find me. It was usually my dad who chastised me and knew where I was.

We can ask many questions in this life ~ “Who am I?” “Why am I here?
What is the purpose of life? “How did we get here? “Will there be an end?”, etc.

God asked the great question at the beginning of His creation to settle the consequences of our disobedience. When we know where we are, we know where to find the answer to all other questions.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

The Lord was not looking for or calling Eve, but Adam, because it was to Adam He gave the commandment, “Do not eat…..”. 

So Adam said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” 

Adam was not lost to the Lord, the Creator. He was hiding because of his shame and guilt. His disobedience separated Him from the Lord. Sin robs us of His presence with us.

11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

Adam shifted the blame for his sin to his wife, so the Lord turns to her to deal with her sin.

13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord then turns to address the action of the serpent.

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” Gen. 3:14-16

That done, He comes back to Eve to settle her account in the matter.
As the mother of all flesh, women fall under the same condemnation. 

But let’s remember the first promise of a Savior is made through the punishment of the serpent which applies to all creatures in future generations.

“He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
The serpent’s seed is the power and spirit of the evil one and her Seed is the power and Spirit of the promised Messiah, the Son, Jesus Christ. Though Jesus’ heel was bruised as He hung on the cross, the head of the enemy, his power and rebellion were overcome. “Death, (the punishment for sin,) was swallowed up in victory” through Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection.

“To the woman He said:“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

We will not venture through all these verses, but focus on women’s “sorrow and conception,” and the pain of childbearing. We have seen how far the enemy has deceived so that women seem to have delivered themselves from the consequences of Eve’s sin. Refusing to bear children has come to pass by many forms of birth control, the most brutal of which we know as abortion.

“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it? “Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” Gen 3: 17-19

No longer would he have the joy of tending the Garden over which he had been given control, but to force it to produce what he needed to live. He became dependent on the earth instead of the Lord God who created him. That relationship was severed until the coming of the Redeemer who would bring reconciliation and restoration.

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
21 Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.

The Lord sacrificed the animals to cover them – another significant sign of His mercy and promise of care and restoration.

The question remains for all His creatures, “Where are you?”

We have many reasons and many places for hiding from the Lord our Creator.

We sometimes can be found  behind someone who has deceived us.
There are a lot of hiding places in this world.
The past has many closets, corners, holes, and crevices where we live our own lives independent of our Father who wants to bless us in our relationship with Him. 

The most common is our sin and guilt. From these, fear makes our hiding place much broader and makes us harder to find.

In this age, parents no longer call or text their children to ask, “Where are you?’ The tracking devices on their phones make it easy to know where they are.

Have you ever wondered how God our Father knows where we are and how to get in touch with us? 
He has His own tracking system.

“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.” Proverbs 20:27

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [c]hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
Psalm 139:1, 7-10

Samuel and Isaiah
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Sam. 3:10

And the call came to Isaiah.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Our Father is calling us today. Will we remain in hiding, or answer His call as Samuel, and Isaiah did?

Dear Father, open our ears to hear your voice, and know your holy, high, and heavenly calling and to answer, for such a time as this. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Fran

https://godsgracegodsglory.com/2021/07/08/where-are-you-the-great-question/

4 branches of the River in the Garden of Eden

4 Branches in Eden’s River

January 25, 2021Author: hephzibahgarden

The Garden of Eden had a river flowing through it that had 4 branches. The Lord God had kept the river to nourish the entire garden.

Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it flows around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 The gold of that land is good; the bdellium and the onyx stone are there as well. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it flows around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris; it flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Genesis 2:10-14. NASB

The Anointing of the Holy Spirit is like the experience of being in a river. Eden is compared to the Presence of God and the Garden to the Church. From this we gather that the river of the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Presence of God and nourishes the Church.

The 4 branches of the river in the Garden of Eden were:

  • Pison
  • Gihon
  • Hiddekel/Tigris
  • Euphrates

Pison

The meaning of Pison is God’s strength. Jesus was filled with the strength and power of God during His time on earth. With the help of God’s strength, Jesus went about doing good in every place He went to. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Acts 10:38.

Gihon

The meaning of Gihon is the Grace of God. The grace of God helps us to move forward in our spiritual lives. The Scripture teaches us that God grants His grace to those who are humble. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6. It is a gift of God to mankind.

Hiddekkel/Tigris

The meaning of Hiddekkel is wisdom of God. What do I mean by this? It means God in his wisdom made it impossible for people to know Him by means of their own wisdom. Instead, it pleased Him by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. But, for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24.

Euphrates

The meaning of Euphrates is the holiness of God. Peace and holiness run in parallels. We grow in God’s holiness when we follow peace with one another. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14. God has called us unto holiness and not to uncleanness. and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation]. Ephesians 4:24.

May the Lord help us.

Be Blessed.

VIDEO Living Wisely or Foolishly

In this message, Dr. Stanley explains the difference between godly and human wisdom. Godly wisdom is the capacity to see things from God’s viewpoint and respond according to the principles of Scripture. On the other hand, human wisdom is earthly, natural and demonic—it has no place in the believer’s life.

Key Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:19-23

Supporting Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 2:14 | Hebrews 9:27 | James 3:13-17

Introduction

We all make countless decisions during a lifetime, and as a whole, they determine whether we live wisely or foolishly. The most important factor is whether or not we seek the Lord’s guidance in our choices. Those who base their decisions on their own reasoning, feelings, and desires, or on other people’s advice will live foolishly because they’ve ignored the only true source of wisdom—almighty God. Too many people forget that choices have consequences. Our culture wants to live in the here and now, without regard for the eventual outcome of their choices. But beginning in the Garden of Eden, God has clearly told us that negative consequences always follow foolish, self-willed decisions.

Sermon Notes

God should have priority in our decision-making process.

  • Ask yourself: What is the wise thing to do?
  • There are two types of wisdom: worldly wisdom and godly wisdom.
  • Scripture teaches us wisdom by illustration.
  • It is possible to be smart about many things and unwise about others.

True wisdom is seeing life from God’s viewpoint and responding on the basis of what He says in His Word.

  • Those who have no time for the Bible have automatically chosen a foolish lifestyle.
  • Jesus is omniscient—He has infinite knowledge about everything.
  • Man’s wisdom is based on what he sees, feels, hears, or thinks.
  • Those who choose to live apart from God must rely on themselves for their own security.
  • As we let Jesus live His life through us, He faithfully guides in every decision.

Worldly wisdom sees life from man’s perspective.

  • Some people think happiness is found in position, intellect, talent, and possessions.
  • James uses three adjectives to describe world wisdom: earthy, natural, and demonic.

What is the wise way?

  • Never base your decision on what others think is best.
  • God will provide instructions if we listen and wait.
  • Earthly wisdom is full of jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and evil.

Summary

There are really only two choices in life. We are either living in God’s wisdom or foolishly relying on human understanding. Since we were endowed with God’s gift of free will, we have the option to choose what is wise or what is unwise. The world offers us jealousy, selfish ambition, disorder, and evil; Scripture gives us guidance toward a full and free life. Choose wisely.

https://www.intouch.org/watch/wisdom-from-above/living-wisely-or-foolishly