Devotional Guide, Today’s Message – Monday, December 24, 2018

Theme: GREED

Text: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” –  Genesis 3:1.

Comment: God Almighty had given Adam the law that they should not eat of the tree which was in the midst of the garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16-17) But the devil who came to her in the form of a serpent told her that when they eat the fruit, their eyes would be opened, and they would be as gods, knowing good and evil. This appealed to her sense of greed, – an overwhelming desire to have more of something, than is actually needed. The lies from the devil bowled her over; it captivated her. “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat…” – Genesis 3:1-6.

The devil tried to tempt Christ with inducements that would appeal to human pride and vanity or greed but failed woefully. He resisted the devil and the devil fled from him. We should also resist the evil one with faith in the word of God. – Matthew 4:1-11; James 4:7.

Apostle John exhorted us thus, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17.

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