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Devotional- Adam’s Guilt and Shame

Genesis 3

God gave Adam very specific instructions when he had his undivided attention in the Garden of Eden. Before God created woman– God was giving Adam the chance to live in full freedom through his obedience.

God saw that it was not good for man to be alone; He decided to create woman from one of man’s ribs to give man a partner or helper. Eve was what they called her. God blessed them for their perfect life together.

It was Adam’s responsibility to help Eve to understand God’s very specific direction’s regarding the Garden of Eden. (Do NOT eat from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil.) However, Eve was left susceptible and an easy target for the serpent to deceive– this is why ultimately Adam was held responsible for the sin that infected the human race.

Before Adam was confronted by God he already felt the inner feeling of awareness of wrongdoing. Adam was feeling guilty for having sinned and had a fear of his sin being exposed which made him feel shame.

These two key internal awareness’s were given to us by God as an internal corrective.

Some call this the still small voice inside telling you to do something or not to do something.

Instead of repenting and confessing his sin immediately Adam tried to cope with the feelings of guilt and shame on his own through denial (blaming Eve, who blamed the serpent) and avoidance (he tried to hide from God).

When we refuse to admit to our own wrong doing’s and confess our sins to God; we become bound by our sin–leading to excessive feelings of guilt and shame. The refusal to confess cuts us off from God’s redemptive healing and freedom.

Reflection

What do you feel God is speaking to you through the example of Adam’s guilt and shame?

Do you have a tendency to refuse to admit your wrong doing and take accountability for your actions?

What, if any, changes do you feel God is calling you to make?

Call to Action

Today is the day we stop avoiding and stop passing blame. Confess and own your sine to God and He is faithful and just to forgive! (1 John 1:9)

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord that you are a just and forgiving God. One who does not wish any of His children be bound by sin and stuck in their guilt and shame. Lord I confess that it is hard to confess and own up to the things we have done wrong, especially those things that have hurt others, but Lord through You I know I am forgiven. I pray that You would send Your Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and give us the courage to move forward towards healing, redemption, and true freedom. I pray Your guiding hand over each of us and ask that you expose any harbored feelings of guilt or shame, help us to lay each down at Your feet and move forward in victory.

I pray each person would seek to know Your truth, love, and forgiveness. I pray that each would rise above their sin and own their actions so that You may release the chains that bind them. I pray that each person who reads this will have open hearts, ears, and eyes for Your truth in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

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Devotional- Make Your Choice

In the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. He laid out clear boundaries and commanded Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16,17

Then the Lord said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Genesis 2:18

God took a rib from the man and created woman, and He brought her to Adam. They were both naked and not ashamed. Genesis 2:22

The story goes on and reveals that Eve was deceived by the serpent and ate the fruit from the forbidden tree; then she gave it to Adam to eat as well. Now man and woman were like God and had the knowledge of good and evil. They then knew they were naked and were ashamed– they hid from God and covered their nakedness with fig leaves. Genesis 3

Reflection

God provided an entire garden for Adam and Eve to eat from and placed ONE– yes, only ONE– tree in the midst and set a clear boundary to Adam. God gave Adam a clear choice when commanding him to not eat from the one forbidden tree.

In order for there to be a loving obedience to God there must be a choice for disobedience.

God gave Adam a clear boundary and a clear choice and told him the clear consequences for disobedience.

We are faced with these same choices on a daily basis. When we choose to obey God and trust in His plan, respecting His clear set boundaries, we show our love for Him.

Call to Action

Are you making choices that are clearly outside the boundaries of God? If so, what are they?

What do you feel God is telling you through the story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience?

What changes if any, do you feel God is telling you to make?

My Prayer for You

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Lord for giving us Your Word to inform us of the boundaries you have set for us, for our own protection. Thank you for Your promises to redeem us and transform us according to Your will.

Lord I pray for each person who reads this devotional. I lift each one up to You in the name of Jesus. I pray You would give them discernment over their life choices, expose to them the areas in their lives in which they are being disobedient. Open their hearts and minds to Your truth; give them wisdom through Your Word and courage and strength to commit to the changes You are showing them to make. Use the example of Adam and Eve to show each of us that there are clear choices, clear boundaries, and clear consequences. Guide us, redeem us, and transform us from the inside out.

We thank you for Your many blessings and claim Your will be done in each of our lives; it is in Jesus mighty name I pray.

Amen

Bible Stories

Adam, Eve and the Garden of Eden

God created man on the sixth day. (Genesis 1:26-31)  God then planted a garden east of Eden and placed the man he formed in it. God then made every tree grow in the garden including the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:8-9) God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (Genesis 2:15) God instructed the man the he may eat freely from all trees in the garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God commanded the man not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge or he would surely die.  (Genesis 2:16-17) God seen that the man needed a companion so that he would not be alone. (Gen 2:18) God created every living creature and brought it to Adam and whatever Adam called it, became its name. Adam named every animal/creature but did not find a helper comparable to himself. (Genesis 2:19-20) God then caused Adam to go into a deep rest and removed one of his ribs. God closed the wound on Adam and used his rib to created woman and then brought the woman to Adam. (Genesis 2:21-23) Both man and woman were naked and neither were ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)

The serpent was the sliest of all beasts on the land. He asked woman (Eve) of what trees she was aloud to eat. Woman told the serpent she could eat from all trees except for the one in the midst of the garden. She told the serpent that she could not eat from nor touch the tree or God said she would die. The serpent convinced Eve that God did not want her to know that the fruit from the tree would make her wise like Him, opening her eyes to knowing good and evil and that eating the fruit would not make her die. Even then saw the tree as good fruit that would make her wise and ate it. This is how the knowledge of good and evil and sin entered the world. She then gave the fruit to her husband and he ate it. Once they had eaten the fruit they knew they were naked and sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. (Genesis 3)

The Lord entered the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve hid among the trees from the presence of God. God called out to Adam asking him “Where are you?” Adam told God he was hiding as he was afraid because he was naked. God wanted to know how Adam knew he was naked and asked if he had eaten from the tree of knowledge that he commanded him not to eat from. Adam explained that his wife gave him the fruit. God asked the woman what she had done and the woman explained. She explained she had been deceived by the serpent into eating the fruit. (Genesis 3)

God cursed the serpent more than every other beast in the field. To the woman God said he would greatly multiply her sorrow and conception. To Adam God said the land is cursed for his sake because he did not listen to God when he commanded him not to eat the fruit. God then made clothes from tunics of skin to cloth the man and his wife. The Lord then said now man is like Him to know good and evil and now man MUST reach out to the tree of life and eat to live forever.  (Genesis 3)