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“Get away from that tree!”

Lesson 9 – Day by Day Bible Study Guide 2 by Pastor Ed Lapiz

PRAY

INTRO

  • Temptations are all around. CIte common examples.
  • Needed by believers: Grace/skill/capacity to recognize and resist tempatation.

READ: 

Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

Genesis 3:1-19  (NIV)

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock
and all wild animals!
You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring[a] and hers;
he will crush[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”

DISCUSS

A. THE COMMAND: Genesis 2:15-17

What was the command in Genesis 2:15-17? (Do not eat the forbidden fruit)

What was the punishment? (Death)

B. THE TEMPTATION: Genesis 3:1-6

  1. How did the temptation start? (with a question)
    • Why a question?
      • How does Satan start tempting most of us? (With a question or doubt, etc)
      • What is our protection from such questions/doubts? (Knowledge of God)
  2. What was Eve’s response?
    • Why did Eve add: v3 “and you must not touch it, or you will die?” (She wanted God to sound too strict – one excuse for her not to obey)
    • How do we rationalize/justify our own disobedience?
  3. How did the devil accelerate his temptation?
    • (v4 He directly challenged God’s word: “You will not die!”
    • v5 He gave additional persuassion.)
    • What accounted for the devil’s boldness? (Eve’s obvious desire for the fruit and weak stand for God.)
    • Note: When we do not take a strong stand, the enemy becomes bold!
  4. What were the appealing qualities of the fruit?
    • (v6 Good for food, delight to the eys,makes one wise.)
    • Note: Levels of needs:
      • basic – food, clothing , shelter
      • secondary – beauty/gadgets
      • luxury – prominence/honer
    • How does this happen today? What difference tempatations appeal to different levels of needs?
    • What is your “needs level” now?

C. THE GIVING IN: GENESIS 3:6

  1. How was the sin carried out? (3:6 She took, ate, and give to her husband.)
    • Did the serpent force her? (no!)
    • What’s basic truth about Satan’s power do we see here? (Satan can’t decide/act for us. )
  2. Why did Eve give some to her husband?
    • (sincere sharing
    • company
    • “damay”/shared responsibility
    • Why do sinners take others along?
    • Note: If only Christians were as committed to taking others along to the Lord as sinners are to taking others along to Satan….
  3. Why did Adam eat the fruit?
    • (Eve was irresistable.
    • “She’s renposible anyway.”
    • Adam liked it, too)
      • Why do we eat, too?
      • Who are our “Eves”?
      • What should we do to them?

D. RECKONING: GENESIS 3:7-10

  1. What were the results of sin?
    • Shame: They fathered fig leaves to hide to their nakedness.
    • Fear: V10
    • God’s presence became bad news
  2. Who’s responsible?
    • Who did Adam blame? (God and the woman also v12)
    • Who did the woman blame? (the serpent, v12)
    • The serpent: “The buck stops here.” The serpent could not blame anyone anymore!)
  3. Another result of sin? (Punishment)
    • to the serpent vv14-15 (Curse and judgement: on your belly… dust you shall eat… enmity… your head will be bruised….)
    • to the woman v16 (Pain in child bearing, pain in delivery, desire for husband)
    • to the man vv17-19 (Cursed is the ground, thorns, sweat for your food, physical death, spiritual death)

E. HINDSIGHT

What was Eve’s first mistake? (Getting near the tree.)

What does the tree symbolize? (Temptation)

  • What is/are your tree/trees, garden, orchard, plantations, forests, jungles?
  • How can we avoid temptation? (APPLICATION)

QUESTIONS/REACTIONS/REMARKS

CHALLENGE

PRAY

 

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Ch 9: The Crash from Within

There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity.  – Douglas MacArthur

There are three things from within us that must be constructively dealth with to bring inner peace and a wholesome attitude. If not, these could result to an attitude crash.

1. The Fear of Failue

Failure – we hide it,
deny it,
fear it,
ignore it, and
hate it.

We do everything but accept failure. Accepting failure in the positive sense becomes effective when you believe that the right to fail is as important as the right to succeed. It is impossible to succeed without suffering. If you are successful and have not suffered, someone has suffered for you and if you are suffering without suceeding, perhaps someone may suceed after you. But there is not success without suffering.

John 12:24-25 NIV
Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. [25] Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

Jesus said that dying, not living, was the key to effectiveness. The Lord became a visual example at the cross in Calvary of His words “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends – John 15:3. ” Apostle Paul understood this teaching.

Galatians 2:20 NIV
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, grow, feel, change, love, live.

Attitude is the determining factor of whether our failures make or break us. The persistence of a person who encounters failure is one sign of healthy attitude. Winners don’t quit.

In times of failure a key is to look at our Creator and chief motivator. There will be times that only yourself and God will stand by you – everybody else will desert you.

 

2. The Dread of Discouragement

In 1 Kings 18 Elijah demonstrated boldness, faith, power, & effective prayers as he stood with the worshippers of Baal but his attitude turned sour into blaming God for his troubles in 1 Kings 19 Elijah.  Observes the four thoughts of discouragements in 1 Kings 19 that affected Elijah’s attitude.

A. Discouragement hurts our self-image (v4)
while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”

B. Discouragement causes us to evade our responsibilities (v9)
There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

C. Discouragement causes us to blame others for our difficulties (v10).
He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

D. Discouragement causes us to blur the facts (v18). From 1 follower of God to 7000?
Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Don’t be discouraged. Think that God is always in control.

Romans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

3. The Struggle of Sin

Knowing what is good and failing to do it brings sadness to many believers.

Romans 7:15-25 NIV
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. [16] And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. [17] As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. [18] For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. [19] For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. [20] Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. [21] So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. [22] For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; [23] but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. [24] What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? [25] Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 8:1-2 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Paul writes about a conflict between the flesh and the spiritual nature. There is hope in Jesus Christ as there is no more condemnation if anyone is in Christ.

Forgiveness is one thing; however, overcoming sin is another. David prays for purifyng power in Psalms 51:5-13 after he committed adultery and murder.

Psalm 51:1-13 NIV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. [3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. [5] Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. [6] Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. [7] Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. [8] Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. [9] Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. [10] Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. [11] Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. [12] Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. [13] Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

David’s prayer reveals the eight steps to have deliverance over the power of sin.

  1. v6 – “Help me understand the turth about myself.”
  2. v7 – “Allow the blood sacrifice to be applied to my heart.”
  3. v8 – “Fill me with joy and gladness.”
  4. v9 – “God, remember my sins no more. I can’t always have them thrown up to me.”
  5. v10 – “Give a new heart which naturally does good.”
  6. v11 – “Assure me of Your presence.”
  7. v12 – “Give me a will that wants to do what You want me to do.”
  8. v13 – “Allow me to teach others what I have experienced.”

If your attitude is threatening to crash, see if you are afraid of failure, dealing with discouragement or struggling with sin.

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 Sin of Familiarity

Mark 6:1-6 NIV[1] … Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. [2] When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? [3] Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. [4] Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” [5] He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. [6] He was amazed at their lack of faith. …

SINS TO AVOID:

  1. Sin of familiarity. Because Jesus grew up in Galilee, people in that place assumes that this Jesus was the same boy who used to play around. He was the carpenter that they knew and they can’t understand where did Jesus get His wisdom nor His miracles. In our walk in Christ, sometimes newer converts mature faster than us and might present new ideas how to serve God better. Listen carefully, and pray for wisdom to discern whether this is from God or not.  
  2. Unbelief despite overwhelming evidence of miracles and uncunning wisdom. 

PROMISES TO CLAIM :

  1. A prophet or any God’s worker will be honored at the right place. Working for God is a noble profession. 

EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Like Jesus, continue to minister to others despite opposition and disbelief. Focus on your calling, do it joyfully no matter what and God will bless your work. 
  2. Follow Jesus everywhere He leads you. The disciples followed Jesus even in a place when the Lord is not so popular. Serving God is not based on popularity or convenience but rather doing God’s will by fulfilling the mission He put on your heart. 

COMMANDMENTS TO OBEY :

SOME OTHER TEACHINGS:

MY REFLECTION:

Serving God should be based on your “calling” because although it will be fun & satisfying, sometimes it will be rough. 

God called me to be a pastor and to equip people becomes effective in the ministry and have victory in their lives. Christians should be living a victorious life(spiritual, relationship, physical, financial,social) and bear fruit for the kingdom of God.