CHAPTER TWO = The Power To CHOOSE!
It was in this setting, the Garden of Eden that God put Man to the test – to choose. What was he to choose? Very simply, God gave man the freedom to choose – freely choose whether he wants to live with God or not. Man had the freedom and ability to make this decision. God wanted to live with a being who will choose to know God, to know the goodness and grace of God; who will choose to obey and serve God; who will choose to love, worship and fellowship with God.
The nature of Man is revealed in that he has these qualities when God created him and placed him in the Garden of Eden.
– Man is seen to be highly intelligent and strong. He is made responsible for thinking, planning and cultivating the Garden. He was given dominion to rule over the Earth, God’s creation.
– Man is seen to have the ability to communicate with others. God is seen talking and sharing with Adam.
– Man is seen to have the ability to exercise his will and choose. He possessed freedom of will, to make his own decisions.
– Man is seen to have needs and drives that was to be met both by his environment and by God. His environment had to provide work, food and beauty for him. God was to provide instructions, directions, love, worship, fellowship, purpose, meaning and significance for him.
– Man is seen to be a spiritual being who requires spiritual direction and godly fellowship for his life.
– Man is seen to be a being who is very capable of responding to others, of loving and of expressing appreciation to others.
– Man is seen to have been a being of perfection, beauty and of immortality, a being who was morally perfect, physically perfect and spiritually perfect.
– Man was originally a being who was not corrupted and did not die and had never been separated from God.
– Man is seen to be a being who has desires and urges that push him toward that which appears to the flesh and which looks attractive and beneficial. The Two Trees in the Garden show this.
– Man is seen to be a being of curiosity or of an inquiring mind, a being who has the drive to know more and more, even if the knowledge leads to evil.
God did not want Man to know evil. God wanted Man to know only good. He wanted Man to know the goodness and grace of God. God wanted man to serve Him by working and taking care of the Garden of Eden and the Good Earth.
God wanted man :-
To choose life over death;
To choose Gods presence over alienation;
To choose eternity with God over separation
To choose peace over division;
To choose obedience over disobedience and rebellion;
To choose freedom over enslavement and bondage;
To choose righteousness over
To choose good over evil;
To choose purpose over uselessness;
To choose fulfillment over emptiness;
To choose perfection over corruption;
To choose God over self and Satan;
When God gave the Law, He gave them the opportunity to choose. In Deuteronomy 30: 19-20 God says, “I call Heaven and Earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendents may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…”
All that happens to us is the result of our own choices that we make in life. Everything is set by God. We have to choose and abide by what we have chosen. Good will come when we have chosen good and evil will come when we have chosen evil. What ever we sow, we will also reap. If we sow evil seeds, we will reap evil. If we sow good seeds, we will reap that which good. Every word we speak and also all our deeds are seeds that we sow. Therefore, one must be extremely careful what one says or does. Galatians 6: 7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” This principle does not change, it is an unchangeable law and it is constant.
The Lord is asking us to sow that which is good, choosing to obey Him in all that He has commanded.
To every man there openeth
Life is made up of decisions and it is important that we make the right decisions. Someone has said, “It may be true that there are two sides to every question, but it is also true that there are two sides to a sheet of flypaper, and it makes a big difference to the fly which side he chooses.”
I came across a poem several years ago by John Oxenham. It is a poem that never ceases to speak to my heart and I want you to listen to it very carefully:
To every man there openeth,
A way and ways and a way,
And the high soul takes the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low,
And in between on the misty flats
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.
Whether we take the high way or the low is determined by the decisions and choices that we make. Albert Camus said, “Life is the sum of all your choices.”
You could say that each day there are doors placed before us and as Flora Whittlemore said, “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”
Another has said, a successful journey does not depend on which way the wind blows but on the set of the sail.
Chapter Three – THE ORIGIN OF CURSES
The first book of the Bible is called Genesis or the Book of beginnings. One must read this first Book to know and understand the mystery of life and its purpose.
When God created Man, He made a covenant with him. We call it the Edenic Covenant. Under this covenant, God made Man the ruler of everything He created upon the Earth. God commanded Adam the Man to subdue the Earth; have dominion over all the Earth.
Man was to rule and master the Earth.
He was to look after and care for the Earth.
He was to investigate, research and discover the Earth’s beauty and resources.
He was to develop and use the Earth’s resources.
He was to manage the Earth with all its provisions and resources.
God gave the Earth to both Man and Woman. He put it under their care. The Earth was both a gift and a duty, both an inheritance and a responsibility, both an estate and an obligation, both a trust and a task.
God gave Man and Woman a meaningful purpose.
The Earth was now their estate, their home and property. But the Earth was also their responsibility. God placed them over the Earth and over His creation. Therefore, it was their duty to manage the Earth for God.
God our Creator loves Man – all of us. He showed Adam His love by providing the Tree of Life – the opportunity to live forever. But Adam the Man was to make that choice. When God planted the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, that Tree was to keep Man from dying. Adam and his race were to eat of the fruit of that Tree and live forever. But Adam, the first Man never ate of the Tree of Life.
God also, planted another tree, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (or the Tree of Death). He planted this other tree for Man to exercise his free-will, his ability to make choices or the power to choose. God had already provided sufficient warnings of the danger of eating from this tree. He was warned of the consequences that would follow should he choose to eat of the forbidden tree. It was one of the two Trees planted in the Garden of Eden to allow Man to exercise his right of choice – between life and death. He would know what it is to be disobedient, experience evil personally and die, which is, to be separated from God His Creator spiritually, physically and eternally.
Eve and then Adam chose to disobey God their Creator and ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the forbidden tree. They totally disregarded the commandment of God.
Genesis 2:17, “But of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Adam and Eve made their choice. The result was catastrophic. Man was expelled from the Garden of Eden, his home, and not allowed to eat of the Tree of Life.
This is the account of Adam and Eve’s disobedience and fall.
Genesis 3:1-6, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the Garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of all the trees of the Garden : but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the Garden, God hath said, Ye shall eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall surely not die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 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; and he did eat.”
Most people understand how the sins of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden brought about a curse upon the human race and the world in which they lived. The Lord pronounced specific curses that were related to the serpent, the woman, the man and the earth. The curse of God is God’s righteous judgment
The first judgment or curse came upon the tempter, the serpent, also the Devil.
Genesis 3:14-15 – “And the Lord said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life; And I will put enmity between thee and the woman and thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shall bruise his heel.”
The serpent (Satan) was cursed above all creatures. Satan used the serpent to tempt Eve. He was a beautiful creature – for all things created by God were beautiful and perfect. He could have been a creature that was upright and could walk and talk. The curse on the serpent was symbolic of the curse upon Satan the Tempter and Deceiver. He was to crawl upon his belly to be detested, degraded and miserable always. He was to eat dust; to be defeated. Hiding and always humiliated. He was to be the object of enmity between him and the woman and her seed. He was to be crushed by one particular seed or descendent of the woman (Jesus Christ).
The second judgment or curse came upon the woman.
Genesis 3:16 – “Unto the woman He said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee.”
The woman was to experience many forms of pain. She will have a yearning desire for a husband. She lost her freedom and was placed under the authority of her husband. All her life, she was to live in subjection to her husband. The perfect body that God had given her would now suffer trouble, sorrow and pain. Women suffer more pain because she was created more tender, delicate and of greater sensitivity than man. She usually experiences sorrow more than man. She usually feels for others, having more understanding of the feelings, needs, troubles, sorrow and pain of others more than man. This trait and tendency inherent in women causes much sorrow, trouble and pain for her physically, mentally and emotionally. History records terrible atrocities done to women, exploited and treated no better than slaves in many societies. When women come into Christ, the curse is broken.Praise the Lord! She once again regains and enjoys the freedom that was hers originally. If the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed. Freed from the curse, freed from the judgment.
The third judgment or curse came upon the MAN :
Genesis 3:17-19 “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened to 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; Thorns and thistles shalt it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return to the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.”
The curse upon man and the earth was pronounced simultaneously. Man was condemned to struggle for survival. He was condemned to struggle against nature for the most basic necessity of life and food. He was condemned to die. Both he and his wife were driven out of the Garden of Eden that was once their perfect home.
The fourth judgment came upon the earth.
* Genesis 3:17 – “……cursed is the ground…”
Genesis 3:18 – “Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee…..”
The perfect earth now suffers corruption. All of creation whether plant, mineral or animal suffers as man does. There is so much hurt, damage: pests, loss, deterioration, erosion, disease and the list goes on and on. All of creation is struggling for life. The Man was cursed right along with the Earth. The Earth is reeling due to earthquakes, tornadoes, storms, diseases, famines, starvation and of the myriad happenings that show the corruption of the world.
Man was condemned to suffer sorrow all the days of his sojourn on the earth.
* a strange thing happened before Jesus was crucified. A soldier wove a crown of thorns and pressed it upon the head of Jesus. Everything that happened to Jesus had a divine purpose. It was not an accidental thought that made the soldier to do this.
Thorns are a sign of the curse. God was in fact placing the curse that was upon the earth and laid it upon the head of Jesus. Jesus carried the curse. The Book of Galatians says that Christ became a curse for us.
Once, someone asked me to pray over a property where none of the trees were fruiting. After the curse of barrenness was broken over the ground, all the trees began to fruit.
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WRITTEN BY MY MENTOR AND TEACHER.
FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST.
WITH LOVE : BRO CHIM TS – NOV 2015
Source : JESUS CHRIST – THE CURSE BREAKER.
A Deliverance Manual
By REV. DR. SAMUEL KURIAN THOMAS
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