Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Do Not Touch!


Do not touch!

If the command paid financial dividends, parents would be wealthy.

I find no evidence of the heavenly Father voicing the command to Adam and Eve.

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’

And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’

Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings (Genesis 3:1-7 NKJV).”

Seeds of doubt quickly bore fruit; both Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit.

What did God say?

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV).”

Maybe, just maybe… Adam added the ‘Do not touch’ when instructing Eve.

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Call of the Wild



If my memory serves me, I believe there was both a book and movie titled “Call of the Wild.” Wilderness adventures make great stories but in reality, many people get lost in the wilderness when hiking. If they survive, they will undoubtedly have a story to tell but they will not likely describe the experience as an adventure.  If we embark on a spiritual wilderness journey and experience temptations, we should stay alert. The devil calls in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11)

His call might surprise you; he quotes Scripture. “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone (Matthew 4:6b HCS).” His call can be tempting; it is always deceptive and deadly. Jesus though tempted did not sin or waver. “Jesus told him, ‘It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God (Matthew 4:7 HCS).”  

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Persistence Pays

“I’ll say this much for him; he’s persistent!” At times, all of us are simply not suited for a task. Yet, with persistence, we not only finish what we start, but we do it well. I’m more likely to give in to discouragement, give way to feelings of inadequacy, and give Satan the accuser, the upper hand. He knows discouragement is detrimental to my spiritual health. I have no valid reason for lack of persistence in resistance. The devil is persistent in his spiritual attacks; I must resist him!

“So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7 Living Bible).”  Persist and resist! “Be careful-watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks (2 Peter 5:8-9a Living Bible).” Resist and keep resisting! “So use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy whenever he attacks, and when it is over, you will still be standing up (Ephesians 6:13 Living Bible).” Don’t give up; don’t give in! Persistence pays high dividends!