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I have a wonderful friend who treats me like a queen (Love ya, Holly!) and yesterday she invited me to lunch. As we were driving along, we began talking about situations where our emotions can almost push us “over the edge”. If you are a woman, you can understand what we were talking about. It’s where you end up over-thinking events and even have arguments with others, especially your spouses, IN YOUR HEAD, then actually get mad at them for a few days when they haven’t even been a part of the argument. (This may help some of you men who have been wondering for ages, “What in the world is she mad about this time?”)

As we tried to figure out why we women do this, we thought perhaps it is because we are more emotional beings, more sensitive to spiritual things (good and evil), and this causes us to really play out events in our minds before anything actually happens. (I apologize to any women I’ve already offended. I’ll just say my friend and I are like this, how’s that?) Anyway, we started thinking about Eve in the Garden of Eden and why she listened to the serpent.

As most of you know, the story goes like this. Genesis 3:1-7 tells us how the serpent approached Eve in the garden and said, “Did G-d really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’”. In verse 3, Eve replied, “but G-d 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.’”

Now, my husband and I have had some discussions about who told the first lie in the Bible (or perhaps a better way of putting it is the first man-made law) and it centers around the “and you must not touch it” comment. Did G-d actually say this to Adam and Eve during their evening strolls in the Garden? Did Adam tell Eve this just to make sure she wouldn’t go near the tree (adding to G-d’s word is a no-no)? Did Eve come up with this all by herself, thinking, “Well, if we can’t eat it, we must not be able to touch it either." (A woman’s over-thinking something in action.)

When the serpent questioned Eve’s statement, did her thought process go something like this? “Ok. God said not to eat this fruit and so did Adam. As a matter of fact, Adam told me not to even touch it. I wonder why he said that. It looks just as good as all the other fruit here in the garden. And Adam knows so much. He named all the animals and seems to know about everything that’s going on. I certainly want to be that intelligent. He and G-d have these deep discussions. And the serpent said this fruit will make me like G-d. Wow, He is so awesome. It would be fabulous to be like Him. When I touched the fruit, I didn’t die, whatever that means (there had been no death at this point in creation). Oh well, what can it hurt.” (famous last words)

And you know the rest of the story. So, here we are today, still listening to the serpent, satan, as he plants thoughts in our head wanting to make us angry, offended, defiant, depressed, fearful, self-righteous, controlling, etc., etc. Our plan of action to keep from falling into his trap is to pray for discernment from the Holy Spirit. When these types of thoughts start showing up in your thinking, ask the Spirit to reveal the source to you so you can shut them down and get your thinking straight again. Saying, “Holy Spirit, I know these thoughts are not from G-d, but from satan. And satan I command you to shut up and leave me alone in the name of Jesus. I repent for having these thoughts. Father, I thank you that I have the mind of Christ and you will lead me into all truth.” It doesn’t have to be these exact words, but I’m sure you get the idea. And remember, the men in your life will be very appreciative!


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