Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12
A few years ago I attended a judgment house with my daughter and her now husband. This was the second judgment house I had been to in my Christian walk. And let me tell you it has made me more aware of my surroundings.
We were greeted at the main entrance and once inside we were broken up into groups. One group would go followed by another group a few minutes later. Each room depicted a certain scenario and the consequences of the characters actions.
I remember this one man who stood out in the group-like he was trying to be seen. He was very polite, nice and well dressed. He had whispered conversations with members of the group including myself. I didn’t think anything about it when I didn’t see him among the group. I figured he stepped out to answer his cell phone. I saw him again in the last room we entered. He was surrounded by darkness, fire and loud screams of lost souls that were with him. Who was he? Satan. Welcome to hell.
The devil walks among us. He is evil by nature and his actions have influenced mankind from the beginning of creation. He tempts us with greed, pride, wealth, and riches. Our sinful nature began with a serpent leading Eve to question God’s goodness causing her to break God’s law?
Genesis 3:1-6 tells the story of a serpent (the devil) tricking Eve into eating the forbidden fruit and giving the forbidden fruit to Adam to eat. God told Adam not to eat from the tree (Genesis 2:16-17). He disobeyed God’s command.
Adam and Eve demonstrated willful sin. They knew what they were doing was wrong and they chose to do it anyway. They put their will above God’s. Before sinning the Garden of Eden was pleasant and happy. But after their sin, Adam and Eve felt guilt and fear. They were exposed and hid from God causing them to separate from the clarity of God.
1 John 3:4 says: Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. The penalty for death is sin. And as long as Adam– and his future offspring-remained obedient to God’s command, they would have no sin and would never have to taste death.
Adam’s disobedience brought sin and death into the world (Romans 5:12). But we serve a God of justice, mercy, and forgiveness that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross, as payment for our sins. He came to destroy the works of the devil and deliver us from the power, presence, and penalty of sin.
If you ever have doubts about God’s goodness in your life, look at what He was willing to give up to show you His goodness and love. (Romans 8:31-32).
You are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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