So a long time ago, there was this woman. She was everything a man would want and every woman would want to be her. She was respectful, hardworking, responsible, neat, patient, understanding, loving, caring, obedient and intelligent. I could go on and on about her attributes but I wouldn’t be able to end now. All I can say is, every good characteristics of a woman that comes to mind, she possessed it. She had an amazing husband who adored her, he thought she was the most amazing woman in the world and frankly she was. She was submissive and supportive to his work; she was a ‘help meet’. She was prayerful and knew the mind of God concerning everything. He protected her and loved her like he would a rare gem (I’m sure you are waiting for the but). She had a father who adored her, who spent time with her to teach her how to be the best in her abilities and how to be the best wife she could ever be. He taught her how to excel in her calling and how to thrive in all areas of life. Being the woman that she was, she listened attentively, took notes and did exactly what her father told her. Her father is a very powerful and knowledgeable Person. He was the strongest and wisest in all the land so she knew that He was telling her good stuff thus she listened and practised His every word. True to her Father’s word, everything counsel she sought from Him proved useful and she saw it manifest greatly in her life. So here is a woman who had a great father and husband and a great life. I want to call her perfect! Look at the description above, isn’t that a perfect woman? It is! Lol it’s funny because we all know her, too well. We all know her story and I’m sure your mind is trying to figure out whom?
Well the woman I just described is Eve. Yes Eve, wife of Adam. This description is of her before the fall, before she disobeyed God and ate the fruit. I know that you had never looked at her as a perfect woman who God looked at and said ‘ it was good’. Eve before the fall was God’s intention and standard for a woman. She wasn’t a weakling and dumb like we make her seem like. She wasn’t a stubborn and selfish woman who has made all females suffer ( I still have some one or two questions if I see her though lol) Eve before the fruit was SPECTACULAR! She was ‘#GOALS’.
Eve before the fruit was SPECTACULAR! She was every Christian woman’s ‘#GOALS!!!!!!’ Lol
Why did I feel the need to describe Eve before the fall? With all that, the devil cornered her and deceived her. The devil broke her and gave her a different perspective of things and caused her to disobey God, whom she adored and lived for. If even God’s intent for woman, was caught off guard and tempted to betray Him, her husband and herself. How much more us? I know somewhere in our minds, we feel there are some things we cant be tempted to do. Why? Because we are morally stable, prayerful and God-conscious? Ha! Eve didn’t even have a taste of this corrupt and crazy world we live in. The world she lived in before eating the fruit was a perfect one where she and Adam had dominion over everything. I mean they had God taking strolls with them and talking to them. I am guilty of this myself; I think oh someone can tempt me to lie and steal but to kill someone? Oh how? To fornicate? Oh how! If we can think this for ourselves, you think Eve didn’t think that too?
Sin is created in the mind before it’s made manifest. So the devil targets your thinking. He comes by himself, he comes through ‘friends’, and he comes through music, books and movies. He plants the thoughts little by little until your thoughts fill your hearts and you do it. My pastor said something a week or two ago that got me thinking because I never looked at it like that. He said that the serpent didn’t tempt Eve in one day. He kept revisiting, working on her mind which works on her vision or perception, the idea took root in her heart then she actually ate the fruit. To me that makes a lot of sense, because I used to think that one day was too short a period to break down every single principle she’s known and stands for and that she was weak! But after he said that, then it started making sense. We need to fully understand the dangers of nursing ideas and voices in your mind and not properly dealing with it. Do you know when Eve sinned? When she looked at the fruit after being constantly spoken to by the devil and SAW that the fruit was desirable to make her ‘wise’. It wasn’t when she bit into it, it was when her vision of what God said was shifted and she saw the fruit in another light.I find it relatable when the devil was able to convince her that her own kind of wisdom was equal to God’s, I sometimes stick to my own wisdom and understanding instead of being dependent on God’s wisdom. The devil has made me believe so many times that my ways were just as God’s or sometimes even better for me than His would have been. I think that’s a post for another day: The dangers of independence from God. Anyway what you physically do is just a manifestation of a thought or desire you’ve harboured in your mind. So the sin takes place in the mind then heart before it comes out.
When you sweep evil desires and thoughts under the carpet instead of addressing and dealing with it, you’d end up pursuing it. It may take days or months, even years but it would show forth. That’s why most pastors would tell you to speak out when you are fighting thoughts and desires and you’ve tried to deal with it on your own but you can’t. Sometimes we can’t change our thinking on our own. Most times even. We need to seek counsel. Counsel I said, not advice. They are two different things but counsel is divine. The solution is already placed within you by God so it is only drawn out of you by a God-called person but advice is words a person gives you to show what he/ she would have done in your shoes or based on knowledge of the situation or the word. We need to see that temptation can happen to anyone that’s why we need to be alert, prayerful, constantly seeking God’s input because the small chance when we ‘take a break’, the devil swoops in. I don’t know why but the saying ‘the devil finds work for the idle’ just came to mind. When we take a break or lose guard, he would show up. We rebuke the thoughts and sometimes it’s gone forever but sometimes, we realize after a while, its back with further developments. I’d urge you to speak to a man of God about it. When I say man of God I don’t mean a male but a God-Called person graced with the resources and ability to help.
” Eve was a perfect woman who nursed temptation.”
Eve was a perfect woman who nursed temptation. We are supposed to learn from that. We don’t fall into lust…. We walk into it. It applies to all things anti-God, all sins. We don’t fall into it. It doesn’t just happen, we walk into it. Yes maybe at that very point, it seems like you weren’t conscious of what you were doing or weren’t planning to do it but truth is, you might have nursed the idea of it years ago but its now manifesting. So don’t think you are technically ‘all good’ or safe because you are doing everything right. So we need to be alert and not give chance to whisperings of the evil one. That’s why I keep saying that we should be careful of what and whom we let into our lives and system. Be true to yourself and voice out things you have processed in your mind that keep popping up especially after you’ve tried to deal with it on your own. Some things are more toxic than we see it. God knew we couldn’t deal with everything alone that’s why He placed certain support systems within our reach so we don’t have to deal with it alone.
Trust me nobody is more uncomfortable about talking about their issues and thoughts than I am. I absolutely used to hate it, it was uncomfortable and it made me vulnerable. I didn’t like to talk about my issues or voice them out to anyone but it’s not about what I think I WANT or what’s comfortable. It’s about what I NEED!! It’s about killing the voice of the enemy in my head that would fruit in my life sooner or later. We’d definitely jump into the million ways the whisperings of the enemy affect our lives and how to overcome them.
So until next time, Stay blessed loves.. xoxo