The month of February we are focusing attention on our relationship with God. We want to everyone who attends Freedom to have communion with the living God. To help facilitate this we are providing you with exercises that you can do during the week. This week we are focusing on personal defense mechanisms = the things that keep us from hearing, responding and relating to God in a humble, submissive and obedient way. Genesis 3 is an excellent example of how we can fall into and use defense mechanisms. Before you read the passage below pray and ask God to open your eyes, ears, heart and mind to receive what the Spirit of God wants to show you. Read the passage twice.
Genesis 1:1-13: 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'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.' " 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" 10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." 11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
What did God show you when you read these verses?
What defense mechanisms did you see Adam and Eve use?
Ask the Spirit of God to help you identify your defense mechanisms, write down all He shows you without justifying, arguing or defending and then ask God to show you what triggers move you into these behaviors.
What is God calling you to do with what He’s shown you?