[Message from Pastor Pete Wilson at Cross Point Church.]
Genesis 3:1-3 Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day the snake said to the woman, "Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?" The woman answered the snake, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But God told us, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden. You must not even touch it, or you will die.'"
Sin's strategy: To believe that God is withholding something good from you.
Innocence is the absence of sin, but it's not yet the presence of character.
The most important thing about you is who you're becoming. Your character - Christ growing in you.
Genesis 3:4-6 But the snake said to the woman, "You will not die. God knows that if you eat the fruit from that tree, you will learn about good and evil and you will be like God!" The woman saw that the tree was beautiful, that its fruit was good to eat, and that it would make her wise. So she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of the fruit to her husband who was with her, and he ate it.
Combat sin and temptation by acknowledging that God is great, God is good. He wants only the best for you.
Temptation only works if the inevitable future you're headed for is somehow concealed.
Sin is a fatal disease that impacts everything. Every living thing dies. God judges sin. But, he is gracious too.
Genesis 3:7-13 Then, it was if their eyes were opened. They realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made something to cover themselves. Then they heard the Lord God walking in the garden during the cool part of the day, and the man and his wife hid from the Lord God among the trees in the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said, "Where are you?" The man answered, "I heard you walking in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid." God asked, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?" The man said, "You gave this woman to me and she gave me fruit from the tree, so I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "How could you have done such a thing?" She answered, "The snake tricked me, so I ate the fruit."
Adam blames God and doesn't take responsibility. He genuinely sees himself as a victim. A victim of God.
Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Sin blinds our conscience. Our lives now are filled with joy...and pain. God didn't give up - he became a tailor and covered Adam and Eve's nakedness and shame.
The root of our world problem today is a spiritual problem. Everything has been stained with sin.