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The Worthless Trade

  • He said to the woman, "Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?" The woman said to the serpent, "Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die." The serpent said to the woman, "You won't surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:1'5 WEB.

    For a while, Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. It was a literal paradise on earth where it had never rained. A mist went up from the ground and watered the plants (Genesis 2:6). There was plenty to eat, and life there was very good.

    Adam and Eve enjoyed good clean living in the garden and never knew shame, guilt, suffering, sickness, or lack. There was only one commandment to obey: "Don't eat fruit from this particular tree in the middle of the garden."

    Eventually, a test came. The serpent (satan) convinced Eve that the forbidden fruit, the one thing that God said she shouldn't have, was desirable. He tempted her, insinuating that life would be so much better if she could only have a bite of that fruit. She was missing out, and God was keeping the best from her.

    The more Eve thought about it, the more that she did want it. She drew closer to it, examined it, saw that it was "a delight to the eyes." Before long, she was eating it. Then she gave some to Adam, and he ate some with her as well. The serpent was merely fishing, and they took his bait, hook, line, and sinker.

    It was a worthless trade. Adam and Eve traded heaven on earth for failure, disappointment, and shame. They lost everything and eventually died where they would have lived forever in paradise. They already had every good thing, but the serpent made them feel that God was holding something back, and they desperately needed it.

    Adam and Eve already had the knowledge of good, so all they gained was the knowledge of evil. Through that trade, we learned sickness, death, and wickedness. The enemy tricked them into thinking that the knowledge of evil was something to be desired. There are traps like that set up by the enemy for your life as well. So be wary of the things you lust for. They are never as good as you think.

    Temptation always ends in a worthless trade. It will look good but turn out bad. We have free will and get to make our own choices. Yet, we reap what we have sown. Don't fall for the enemy's worthless trade. Don't trade your integrity for a short-term reward. In the end, you will feel ashamed for having fallen for it, just like Adam and Eve.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you lead me away from temptation and deliver me from the evil one. Help me be aware of the tricks of the enemy. Show me the traps in my path, and help me avoid them. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, here is this week's theme from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" ~ Our next fun-filled theme will be 'October Colors' and is wide open for creative interpretation! We also encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos today reflect some of the beautiful fall colors we see in Northern California. Can't wait to see your posts! Have a blessed week, everyone! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for reminding what satan’s evil ways is and how Loving God is……keep protecting us from the bad path! Amen ❤️
Oct 5
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen! Glory hallelujah!

Oct 5
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father please keep us from all evil and lead us away from all temptations. Amen 

Oct 5
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Oct 5
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Oct 5
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Oct 5
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15. Amen!

Oct 5
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father,  Thank you for guiding me away from evil. You are all I need.  Amen. 

Oct 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen.  Your Will be done in my life LORD. 

Oct 5
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen !!!

Oct 5
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

IF WE PAY ATTENTION, GODS PROTECTION WILL FOLLOW US...WE NEED TO STAY IN HIS PRESENCE...IT'S HARD TO LIVING WITH ALL THE PUSH AND PULLS IN OUR LIVES...

LOVE YOU ALL

SHARON

Oct 5
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for helping me always. Amen 

Oct 5
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes Lord, you are all I need.  Thank you Pastor Dion, well said.  Have a blessed day.

Oct 5
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Oct 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Oct 5
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for a fresh reminder of satan's trickery and God's goodness! Lord, show me the traps in my path and help me avoid them. Thank you. In Jesus' name, Amen

Oct 5
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for keeping me from the snares of the enemy found in my path of life, help me to avoid the enemy tricks that only lead us to perversion. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Excellent way to explain it Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen 

Oct 5
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for your protection and love

Oct 5
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Madalyn Myers
Madalyn Myers

Thank You Pastor Dion for the lovely Devotional Reading. Thank you Lord for protecting me from the enemy.

Oct 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Oct 5
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

Oct 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Oct 5

Amen!!!   Oh Lord, my God, please open my eyes that I may see You more clearly, that I may see others through Your eyes and look on with compassion, in the holy name of Jesus, the Christ, I ask and pray, Amen!!!

Oct 5
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Oct 5