Summary: Improving your relationship with God
SAILING @ LIFE Part 4
Improving Your Relationship With God Part 2
Pastor Jeff Seaman
We are continuing in the series called Sailing @ Life, and we are on the part call “Improving Your Relationship With God.”
Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
When we read Jer 29:11, I know that we all want see this come to pass in our life. In order to see that we sail @ life I believe we must always be improving our relationship with God. Last week we talked about our enemy the devil, and how he is trying to come against our relationship with God, and we learned that the Bible tells us that we are not to be ignorant of his schemes. So lets do an over view before we start.
Read Overview of last week:
So today we are going to look at another scheme the devil uses to come against are relationship with God.
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, Did God really say, you must not eat from any tree in the garden? The woman said to the serpent, we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, you must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.
Vs. 4 - You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, where are you?
He answered, I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked so I hid. And he said, who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?
The man said, the woman you put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.
The Lord God said to the woman, what is it you have done? The woman said, the serpent deceived me, and I ate.
So the Lord God said to the serpent, because you have done this, cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
To the woman he said, I will greatly increase your pain in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.
To Adam he said, because of you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, you must not eat of it, cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thrones and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
The devil was right there in the garden using his schemes to try to break down the relationship that Adam and Eve had with the Lord God. From this scripture we can see many insights of sin and the result it can have with us.
Let me tell you the devil has been at this for a long time and he knows our weaknesses better than we do so let learn more about his schemes so we can guard our selves.
We will talk about three things concerning sin.