Did you know that sin is a direct inroad for Satan to work in your life?
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
If you yield to sin, you are opening the door to Satan.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Satan will not bring anything good when he steps through the open door we’ve provided through disobedience to God’s Word. Jesus tells us that his sole goal is to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy”.
Mercy is the nature of God. People misuse His mercy and lose their perspective of right and wrong.
God sent the Law as a means of preserving the human race to maintain a bloodline through which He could send Jesus. The Law brought judgment and wrath. For two thousand years prior to its arrival humanity operated under God’s mercy.
Abraham lived before the Law and is the only person called the “friend of God” in Scripture. He did some severely wrong things but he believed God.
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
God dealt with humanity in grace and mercy prior to Jesus’ arrival. From our perspective this may not always be clear but it is the truth.
The real nature of God is goodness.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
God has a plan for every person who will walk this earth. This included Adam and Eve whom He continued to fellowship with even after their fall.
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them. And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
It would have been possible for God to have just kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden as they were. He made sure they were clothed and supplied before sending them out.
We see mercy show after the Garden exit. Genesis 4 provides an account of the first murder. After Cain killed his brother, God put a mark of protection. This was an act of mercy.
Unfortunately mercy became an opportunity for sin to permeate the human race. God sent the Law to restrain sin from becoming so rampant that there would be no bloodline through which to send Jesus.
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The whole earth was destroyed by the flood because sin had become so rampant. Only eight people were saved. Jesus said that it will become like this just before His return for His Church.
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