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It All Began In The Garden of Eden

It All Began In The Garden of Eden


 

by Barbara Koory

It all began in the Garden of Eden…

All was in harmony. There was a direct hotline that Adam had with Our Heavenly Father. After the first 5 days of creation, God saw the beauty of creation and how good it was. “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the wild creatures that crawl on the ground.” –Genesis 1:26

I wonder how many days it took (or did it happen right away) temptation to create the conflict in the lives of Adam and Eve with God, their (Our) Creator? They were told not to eat of the one tree in the middle of the garden. The slithering, conniving serpent falsely encouraged and lied to Eve to “eat of the tree, and your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.”

So she did. This is when Adam and Eve’s eyes were truly opened—their eyes of the heart. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loin cloths for themselves. (And then) when they heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the garden……the man and his wife hid themselves from the Lord God among the trees….(Genesis 3:1-7 paraphrased). Adam and Eve felt shame in that moment and had to cover it in whatever way it could be covered. So they put on fig leaves and hid among the trees in the garden. Can you believe they actually thought they could hide from God? God knew what they had done. He knew where they were. However, he allowed them to respond.

The Lord God voiced His concern to Adam, opening a discussion with him, never turning His back on the couple nor using selective listening, never judging or pointing the finger at them. The dialogue continues…Adam says, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me the fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.” –Genesis 3:12. Is this where blame first entered? We now call that a scapegoat, or perhaps putting the blame on someone else instead of being responsible for his own part of the falling out with God.

True shame comes when we make a mistake and we feel guilty as Judith MacNutt describes it. It’s not about denying the shame or looking at it falsely. Her article continues to say, If we look at shame falsely, it becomes a tool of the enemy in the fear of being found out, exposed, rejected, abandoned, or deemed unworthy.

Did God present these characteristics in His dialogue with Adam? No, He listened 100%–He was “all ears.” There was no condemning Voice. God had given His ruling of what tree they could eat and what the consequences were. It was the part in Adam, it’s the part in us, that one fleeting moment when temptation enters—when the enemy falsely whispers, and suddenly we are put in a position of blame and (sometimes) shame.

As the oldest in the family of five (5) other siblings, my dad would say many times, “You are the oldest. You are the one that needs to set the example.” In other words, if something went wrong, I would get the blame. It took me many years to put a name to that. It was called false responsibility. But, I was able to take this to prayer and forgive my dad. I know now that I have a Heavenly Father who says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love so I have kept my mercy for you.” –Jeremiah 31:3

In summary, I encourage anyone to bring these vices to the Lord. As a prayer minister, the supplicant enters a quiet time with the Lord. When invited, the Lord enters that memory of where the blame and shame entered in your life. Then watch what happens…….It is brought to our attention that He has loved us from the beginning of time.
(the New American Bible (NAB) version unless otherwise noted)

Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

by kirsten aufhammmer

Sometimes, a visual representation of a concept makes things much clearer than just words.  Today’s blog post is visual devotional.  Take a few moments to really look at both sides of the picture individually.

Read:
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.   John 10:27 (NLT)

They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.  John 10:5

When he (the enemy) lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.  John 8:44

I originally created this artwork as two separate pieces.  I wanted to represent the emotional state that can happen depending on whose voice we are listening to on a day to day basis.  I then decided to combine the two pieces into one because often times we struggle with staying focused on listening to the Lord’s voice when we are overwhelmed by our circumstances.  When that happens, there can be a dissonant feeling of unrest, confusion, and frustration.  When I look at the two pieces side by side it is awkward, uncomfortable, and aggravating.

That is exactly how I feel when I listen to the enemy’s lies instead of God’s truth!

I spent years of my life miserable as I listened to the enemy’s lies (told to me by other people and told to me by my own inner dialogue).  As I turned back towards the Lord, I began to recognize that what was being said about me was not true.  What the Lord said about me in His word was the truth.  I began to listen to His voice and follow Him.  Each day I had to make a choice to listen to His voice and to ignore the lies.  I believe that each of us has that choice to make.  If you look at the picture above, I think most of us would much prefer to be the person on the right!

Whose voice are you going to choose to listen to?

 

 

Why I Am In The Healing Ministry

Why I Am In The Healing Ministry

by Pastor Steve Horrell

The heat of that summer evening was intense as the sun made its way St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kissimmee, Florida, where I knew that the door to that old white wooden chapel would be unlocked and the air conditioning would be on. I sat there in silence enjoying cool air and the faint scent of incense which lingered in the room. I felt no burdens, no problems; my prayer was silence. It was then and there when the Lord called me into the ordained ministry. The experience, which lasted several minutes ended with a vision of oh so many people.

He then told me, “Go. Tell my people I love them.”

Upon the end of the last class of my last day in seminary I went to my room, sat down, looked out the window over the rolling landscape toward the south of Rochester, New York and prayed, “what’s next, Lord?” Immediately I experienced a repeat of the call experience – the vision and the words “tell the people I love them.”

I believe that we are all created by God to be loved. We need to be loved in ways in which we ‘feel loved.’ I believe that to pray for someone ‘out loud, hands’ on in their presence is a profound way of loving them. I believe, and it has been my experience, that people feel loved, cared for, when they are prayed for in such a manner.

Why am in in the healing ministry? There are many reasons. I have witnessed numerous miraculous healings of physical problems when praying. It is just plain cool to see the Lord heal, especially heal quickly. Another reason is because when we pray for someone else (hands on, out loud) I experience some of what St. Francis of Assisi wrote in his famous prayer: “It is in giving that we receive.” Sometimes when I pray for someone I get in on and experience the Lord’s love and compassion for them and/or the Lord’s forgiveness for them. And how about this for a reason for prayer? Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” These are just a few reasons why I am in the healing ministry.

featured image from: bing.com

Brand New: Weekly Blog Posts

Brand New: Weekly Blog Posts

Starting the first week of September, we are excited to announce that we will be adding a weekly written, audio/video, or artwork blog post to our site!  The Inheritance House staff will be creating the content for these blog posts.  We will still be posting the Healing Service podcast each week, but wanted to add some variety to our posts!

Be sure to check back on Tuesday, September 4th to see our first weekly blog post…