Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Don't Give Up!

Qualities of Godly People #1
GENESIS 2:7-8, 15-25; 3:17-24

 “George Washington fought nine major battles in the Revolutionary War. He lost six of these battles but won the war.”

“The man who cannot survive bad times will not see good times.”

The struggles that Adam faced are far from numbered or recorded. Yet, the ones we know are astounding for example,

1. His feelings of Failure, as a spiritual leader, when Eve was enticed and sinned (Ge 3:6)

Ge 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Ge 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

2. His own personal spiritual failure (Ge 3:6 & 11)

Ge 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3. His disqualification and lost opportunity to serve God in a very unique way

Ge 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

4. His personal feelings of being duped by the Devil

Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

5. His feelings of failure and inadequacy as a parent

Ge 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

6. His brokeness over the death and loss of a godly son & a rebellious son

(He had to find his son’s dead, bludgeoned & bloody body and then he had to dig the grave and bury his son)

Ge 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

7. The consequences of a sin cursed world and its toll on his and Eve’s bodies

Ge 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

“By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.” -Spurgeon

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through perseverance.”

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20thJulie Andrews

Pr 24:16 For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

“Fortitude and the power of fixing attention are the two marks of a great mind.”

So, the question must come to mind how did he continue his life with all the heart aches and disappointments he faced and experienced? I believe he learned three important eternal & unchanging truths about God that Satan could not duplicate or cover up. He learned about:

I. THE GOODNESS OF GOD Gen 2:8 “man became a living soul”

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

Ps 145:9 The LORD [is] good to all: and his tender mercies [are] over all his works.

He gave him:

A. Life Gen 2:7

Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

B. Paradise Gen 2:8

Ge 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

C. Authority Gen 1:26

Ge 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
1Sa 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

Ps 75:7 But God [is] the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

D. Favor

Ge 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

E. A Wife

Ge 2:20-25 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

II. THE GRACE OF GOD Gen 3:21 “...God make coats of skins, and clothed them”

1Co 15:21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.

Ge 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Ge 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ro 5:15 But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

A. The Endowment of it is the exercise of God’s wisdom

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

B. The Essence of it is the expression of unmerited love

Ge 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Ge 3:8-9 And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?

C. The Effect of it is the experience of empowering strength

Ge 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Ge 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

2Co 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

III. THE GREATNESS OF GOD Gen 1:27 “God created man”

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

De 3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

Ps 77:13 Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God?

Ps 135:5 For I know that the LORD [is] great, and [that] our Lord [is] above all gods.

Ps 145:3 Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.

A. Superiority

B. Authority

C. Worthiness

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