Hebrews 10:26-27 (KJV) For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
God placed Adam in a garden (Gen 2:15), gave him instructions (Gen 2:15-17), and later, his wife whom he called woman (Gen 2: 21-24). In the space of time, the devil came to the woman and eventually deceived her so that she disobeyed God and ate the fruit she should not have eaten. Eve gave the forbidden fruit to her husband, he ate it and their eyes were “opened”. They now knew shame and nakedness (Gen 3:7).
The woman ate the fruit first and was normal but as soon as Adam ate the same fruit, they both knew that they were naked and were ashamed. Why did the knowledge of nakedness and shame have to wait for Adam?
1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Simply put, Adam sinned willfully not because he was deceived like the woman.
Whenever a child of God continues to sin willfully, he is daring the wrath of God, and like Adam, such a one is in the danger of suffering nakedness, shame and banishment from the presence of God. See Gen 3.22-34.
The more you grow in the knowledge of God, the more you should hate sin because every sin has the same aim of sending you out of God’s presence.
Go into today making up your mind to always hate sin. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you with this.
Prayer: Lord, help me grow in faithfulness to you. Lead me not into temptation, and deliver me from [doing] evil. Amen.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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