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Summary: The spiritual condition and spiritual location of the children of God in the world.

Began, birth, commence, start; these are all words that are refreshing and optimistic. Whether, they are used to refer to the beginning of a new day, the birth of a child, the commencement of a long awaited vacation, or the start of a symphony, these words are full of promise and free of problems. They stir hopes and awaken visions of the future. Genesis means beginning or origin, and it unfolds the record of the beginning of the world, human history, family, civilization, and salvation.

In the book of Genesis, we are told the story of God’s divine purpose and righteous plan for His creation, His creatures, and man. In the book of Genesis, the person and nature of God is revealed. In the book of Genesis, the position and characteristics of men are shown. Accordingly, the consequences of sin are revealed forcing the promise and assurance of salvation to come forth.

The book of Genesis begins with God. It begins with God creating the world in a majestic and awe inspiring display of power and purpose. This brought about the birth of man and woman in the Garden of Eden. God had specifically created them in His image and likeness. Nevertheless, sin enters the world and man is hurled into meeting Lucifer. Because of this, creation is soon shattered and man’s fellowship with God is torn apart.

Although Genesis is full of intriguing stories, let us examine the characters and events of the most dramatic love story ever written. Cast in the position of leading man and woman is none other than Adam and Eve. God had created them to tend the garden, care for one another, and to have dominion over everything God had created. Cast in the role, as villain of this story is none other than Lucifer. However, he disguises himself as a snake in the grass. This same Lucifer played a major role in trying to overthrow God.

There is something needing to be mentioned before we continue with this story. We need not fear Lucifer because the Scriptures inform us that he has already been defeated. Nevertheless, we must respect who he was, is, and what he stands for now. Lucifer is a spirit. He is an angel made by God. Because he turned against God, there is nothing good or nice about him. Lucifer is a jealous, crafty, and very dangerous spirit. He is also a very intelligent spirit.

Lucifer knew if he came as himself, he would be recognized and his plans spoiled. The Scriptures informs us that Lucifer can be a roaring lion or an angel of light. However, this time he came as a simply snake in the grass. Lucifer used something familiar to man to get to man. Lucifer knew that man had named the snake in Genesis 2: 19-22. He knew the snake would not scare them away, because they knew the snake. Today, he is getting to us in the same way.

He uses things, ideals, thoughts, and people we are familiar with, use to, and know to get to us. He talked Judas into selling Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Lucifer uses the ideal of racial superiority to kill millions of innocent people. He uses the concept of the right to bear arms and the practice of more firepower, more peace to destroy our peace and make this world a dangerous place to live.

Nevertheless, Eve was familiar with the snake and she allowed herself to take the first step into sin. Sin does not just happen. A process happens. This process begins with listening. Listening in itself is not a sin, but the sin was conceived when Eve listened to words that was not of God. Up to that point, the only voice that she had heard in the garden other than Adam’s was the voice of God. She knew that voice coming from the snake was not the voice of Adam and it was not the voice of God. She knew the voice coming from the snake was not the snake’s voice, because snakes just do not talk. However, she listened anyway.

We still are falling for the same trick of Lucifer, today. We know what the Scriptures say. Nevertheless, we still listen to the untrue words of Lucifer and his many deceiving prophets. We know the Scriptures instructs us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, nevertheless we seek first our own prosperity and riches. The Scriptures says that by His stripes we are healed, nevertheless we seek first the doctor and his bags of pills. The Scriptures tells us to discipline our children, however we listen to Dr. this and Dr. that and our children are running wild. We know the Scriptures instructs us to bring our tithes in to God’s storehouse, however, we rather take our money to Bally’s, The Creek Nation, and Million Dollar Elm casinos and return home broke, disgusted, and deceived. Lucifer is deceiving us each day because we are acting like Eve. We know what the word of God says, but we rather listen to Lucifer, instead.

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