Genesis 3:1-4 NKJV 1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
God is not a God of confusion (1 Cor 14:33). The story of Adam and Eve in the garden comes to mind for some reason (Gen 2&3). I thought about how these two blessed people of God living in the midst of His high favor didn't have any issue understanding God or each other until the serpent--a covetous low life with not much to lose--showed up. When you are living out the harvest of a manifested destiny, low lifers most definitely see and covet the lush fruit they watch you enjoying--the prosperity of it all. The serpent has no reverence at all for the grace of God that positioned you so that you didn't have to work so hard to live in the state of prosperity that you simply know as your life (Deut 6:10-12, Josh 24:11-13). The crafty and covetous serpent does not care about the high things of God. In the words of the music artist Future, he's representing for that Low Life. The serpent wants to see you fall down to his level--of thinking, living, and unbelieving.
I just want to remind you today that because of the destiny plan for our lives we have too much at stake to be chit chatting with and heeding advice from the snakes in our gardens (Ephesians 1:11). People who don't live by your level of reverence for God or operate with fortitude for the plan of God in your life can only advise you from their low life perspective. (i.e. "Mannnnn if I had all that height and some arms to pick it I would eat from every tree in the garden, especially that one God said don't eat from. That must be the good fruit he wants to keep for himself (Genesis 3:1-4).)
You know what God has given you and revealed to you (Deuteronomy 8:3). You know what your destiny is set on. Through your experiences of being blessed you know what God requires of you because of how those blessings came about. Anybody talking against that, causing you to make moves that contradict the fundamentals of your destiny so you will do it their way is going to cause you to fall if you allow their influence to guide your direction. Make it a habit of asking yourself, "What did God say? What has he shown me?" Believe in your heart that God meant what He said.
"So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11 AMP
God did not intend to prosper the serpent with His word in the Garden of Eden. His instructions were intended to prosper humanity. So don't let the low life serpent who doesn't revere God's calling on your life plant a word of counter instruction or pervert your understanding of God's instructions for your life. Be wise and discerning so that you may live the high calling of God for your life (Hosea 14:9)
I invite you to hold Philippians 3:14 in your heart today as you press past voices and vices in your life seeking to cause you to stumble and fall to a level beneath God's desire for your life.
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil 3:14
Be Blessed! ~Nina
Declaration: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.