A Study on Discernment

Are You Serious God?

No more had God breathed His Spirit into the soul of man than man repaid Him with sinful pride, disobedience, lies, and murder. We tend to think our modern culture has evolved to the point of bearing no resemblance to the men and women of the bible. The truth is, if we’re paying attention, we can’t even get out of the third chapter of Genesis without realizing that nothing has really changed at all.

Read Genesis Chapter 3

In Genesis 2 God gave Adam clear and detailed instruction on what he was to do and what would happen if he disobeyed. While we aren’t specifically told that Adam passed along the information to Eve, based on her subsequent conversation with the serpent, we can surmise that he did.

So what happened? The same thing that happens to us all – out of pride or selfish desires – we choose to believe the lies. We doubt God. We trust our own thoughts over God’s word. We may not ask the question “did God really say…”? but when God’s word doesn’t line up with our mindset, don’t we question “does God really mean…?”

Points to Ponder

  • John explains for us the source of original sin “all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world”. (1 John 2:16)
  • Sin not only brought physical death, it also brought spiritual death
  • Has there ever been a time when you ignored God’s word? What were the consequences?
  • Why is God so serious about sin?

Something to Think About

When we measure ourselves against the world, we look pretty good. But ask yourself, before a holy God, how do I measure up?

© 2012 Sandra Bivens Smith

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