“Lord, what about 2023?”
Two Trees … Two Choices
“And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)
“Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 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.’ ”
In The Beginning…The Test
“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.” (Genesis 3:1-5)
Eve not only misstated the commandment of God but also believed that knowing good and evil would make her wise. (Genesis 3:6)
So she ate and then “gave to her husband with her, and he ate.”
Definition of Deceive: to persuade someone that something false is the truth, or to keep the truth hidden from someone for your own advantage
And so her belief infected all her children with the sin nature. Untold sorrow and wickedness were released when Adam and Eve could have eaten from the tree of life!
Jesus! The Savior of the World
Jesus, born of the virgin Mary through the power of the Holy Spirit, had a sin nature as well; but He chose not to sin throughout His life!
His divine calling and His love for Father were always first place. He came to redeem man! Even when in the desert for forty days, Jesus always chose scripture against the lies of His enemy, satan. (Matthew 4:1-11) What about born again Christians? Shouldn’t we be like Jesus as well?
“… knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him…” (Romans 6:6-8)
What about 2023?
Revival and Judgment!
Just like Adam and Eve, every day we will have choices to make. Eat from the Tree of Life, your Bible! Don’t seek after the glitter of the world: the knowledge of good and the knowledge of evil.
Watch out for distractions that come to steal your time with the Lord.
That will eventually steal your anointing and hinder your race. Praying in tongues will drop off too. For an Intercessor that may mean souls will not be reached!
And, if you are a Pastor, your spoken words will become ineffective and the church will not get their battery charged up! The power of Holy Spirit at work in the Body of Christ must not be lost from the local church. The thief opposes the Kingdom of God and desires to start with Pastors…
Daily Choices Matter
From the moment we wake up till the time we to go to bed, we have many choices to make, especially now that we have become so attached to technology. What are we reading, watching, and listening to? The gap between good and evil should be widening as we get closer to Jesus’ return in the air. We do not want to be left behind!
Recently, my husband and I began watching a drama series based on a true story of a deaf woman who was hired to help the FBI with criminal cases. Her ability to read lips helped them many times to solve difficult cases. The actress, so good, kind, and knowledgeable, once in awhile spoke of God. But I began to realize that as the series was continuing, the stories were becoming darker and more disturbing, showing the underground wickedness of terrorist and cell groups kidnapping and killing people, trying to blow up our cities. Holy Spirit inside me was saying this is not for me. So we stopped watching it.
Why? We were eating from the wrong tree, the one called, “The tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Yes, the FBI was doing their job, but as an Intercessor, I need to be more watchful over my heart and what I put before my eyes and allow into my ears…especially before bedtime.
I don’t want the Word and peace of God planted in my heart every morning to become stolen at night. That will affect my armor and effective praying. (Ephesians 6:10-19) Thank God there’s so much anointed teaching to watch on YouTube. Or perhaps something like Andy Griffith once in a while would be okay…haha.
Jesus and The Kingdom of God: 2023
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
These things keep coming up to me like a billboard sign for 2023:
- Our prayers are being answered. Yes, revival is here!
- So is extreme wickedness. As it was in the days of Noah…
- Separation! The Parable of the Tares and the Wheat is taking place. Separation and dividing in the political realm and also in churches is taking place. Imagine churches embracing homosexuality! Are we to take Romans, Chapter One, out of the Bible? Saints, everything is being separated by the Lord for a reason. Read Mark 4:10-20 often.
- The Great Apostasy: a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection. In Christianity, apostasy is a withdrawal from faith and trust in God. Some who once walked with Jesus, will walk with Him no more…(2 Thessalonians 2:3)
“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)
Beloved, we were chosen to live in the last days: “A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…” (1 Peter 2:9)