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December 17, 2017 10:57 pm

History Redefined

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This is an excerpt from Chapter 2.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then God created man out of boredom. When man screwed up God became pissed and kicked man out of the garden. Thus were the days of Adam. You read those first sentences and I am willing to bet that you were not happy. However, on some level you probably believe them. I know I did. I use to think the creation story started out as a love story and then ended as we were punished for being stupid. The truth is God’s grace is sufficient for me, even for my stupidity.

History is kind to us because God is the author; however, our perspective on history can be skewed. Let’s redefine history. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Everything God created, He spoke into existence. That is everything but man. The planets, the stars, the oceans, and more were created by God merely uttering the words. But..when it came time to make man, God came down to the planet, that He just spoke into existence, and formed man with His own two hands. “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis. 2:7) The fact that God formed man with His own two hands is a value statement for man. “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth…” (Psalm 139: 14-15) God created us with His hands. We are His masterpiece. We are not merely a rough draft or prototype that God wanted to try out. We were created out of and for love. The love story continues as God and Adam make-out.

“I’m in love with God, and God’s in love with me.” Misty Edwards continues with, “This is who I am and this is who I’ll be and that settles it…completely.” The moment Adam breathed his first breath, all Adam knew was love. “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis. 2:7) Adam had just been formed as God leaned over to breath life into the lifeless body. With mouths pressed against each other, life flowed into Adam. The first thing that man saw was the loving eyes of a loving God. The first experience that man had was the kiss of a loving Father.

The inevitable happened. With free choice given to man. Man made the wrong decision. God had to give us free choice. Love is a choice. When choice is absent there is no love. The Father loves us unconditionally meaning that we are free to be us. We have free will and God loves us regardless of what we choose. In the garden we were living in paradise, there was no darkness, and yet we choose darkness over God’s light. Even so, God never loved us less.

Two chooses were before Eve; the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The enemy only has power when we come into agreement with him. In the garden the enemy was powerless, he was merely crafty. Satan knew that to become the ruler of this world he needed the agreement of man. His first question to Eve caused her to question God. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) With doubt released, Satan then planted the lie. “The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3: 4-5) The enemy loves to mix lies with truth. It makes it easier to believe the lie. When you believe the lie you empower the liar. The truth is that we were never meant to know evil and we were already like God. Satan hated us because God loved us.

When Satan fell it was because He wanted to be like God. Now here are these humans who are made in the image of God and loved by God. Using his two tactics, causing us to question God and planting lies, Satan persuaded Eve to eat the fruit. God never turned His back on us. The moment we fell, He put a plan to redeem us into motion.  Satan with one third of the angels fell and God does nothing. When; however, one hundred percent of man kind sinned against God, God choose to die so that we might again receive His embrace.

We must never come into agreement with what the enemy is saying. Satan hates us because we are loved by the Father. “…for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” (Zechariah 2:8) We are the apple of His eye! When Satan hits you, he hits God in the eye. Do not fear though, God stacked the deck. He not only defeated Satan; God became like us and defeated Satan. That punched Satan in the face. A human defeated the enemy. Jesus did not just keep His human body while He was on earth. He became a human and now has a glorified body like we will have. That is where my hope lies and where my faith is rooted. You cannot have faith without agreement. Agreement is the birthplace of faith. We must agree with what God says about us and not agree with what Satan says about us. This is why it’s important to know the heart of the Father, to be art appraisers. God says you’re freaking awesome and Satan says you suck. Pick one.

Now comes the moment in history where God gets angry and gives us the boot, or does He? Genesis 3 is when God made man leave the garden. This is the most misunderstood section of scripture. Memorize this sentence, “God’s in a good mood.” We do not love an angry God. “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:22-24) People tend to forget that there are two trees in the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. One brought death and the other life, eternal life. Why did God kick man out of the garden?

  God did not want man to eat from the tree of life after they had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Why? Because we were now sinful and if we ate of the tree of life we would live forever in our sinful state. Meaning that Jesus could have done nothing! With tears in His eyes God sent man from the garden. Not because God was angry but because He loved us. If we did not leave the garden then we could never be with God again. That broke God’s heart. God asked us to leave and then set a redemption plan into motion. A plan that would bring us back to the arms of a loving Father, forever. Why did God not allowed Adam and Eve to stay in the garden and just not eat of the tree of life? Yea, because that worked so well the first time.

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4 responses to History Redefined

  1. Thanks for posting! As a leader in the youth group at church, I was able to incorporate this into our True Love Project lesson plan!

  2. I had never heard it put that way, thank you. Awesome thoughts

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