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Topic: WILD (11/16/17)
- TITLE: Out of Control
By Lisa Enqvist
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A fork-tongued serpent entered the perfect paradise and promised Adam and Eve a new type of control through a fascinating fruit from a forbidden tree. “… God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Instead of finding something better than they already had, Adam and Eve became slaves to sin. The fascinating fruit only brought temptation, suspicion, conflict, accusation, bondage, and death.
Adam lost control. By following the twisted message in the fork-tongued serpent’s lies, he also lost control of his own tongue. He blamed Eve for his own sin. Since then, the only living thing in creation that cannot be controlled by man is his tongue. James 3:6-8
The chaos in nature, among nations, and between people everywhere shows that man is out of control. He gave over his right to rule over the earth the moment he accepted Satan’s lies. Genesis 3:17-19.
There is still hope for every person who believes in Jesus Christ the Son of God. Jesus lived and died to redeem all that Adam and his descendants – we too – lost through our belief in the deceiver. Jesus bore all the suffering caused by Adam’s and our disobedience.
He also set an example for us on how to train ourselves to control our tongue. 1 Peter 2:21-24 (TLB)
James chapter three shows the ideal – which often seems impossible for anyone to attain by their own will-power. “If people never said anything wrong [did not stumble in speech/teaching/word], they would be perfect and able to control their entire selves, too [bridle their whole body also].” James 3:2 (EXB)
By the redemption Jesus brought us by his death and resurrection, he also gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“You are controlled by your new nature if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9.
Every resource of his power is available to us if we remain in him. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16.
We are to be bearers of a new kind of fruit – not of the knowledge of good and evil – but the fruit of the spirit, which includes self-control.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
King David’s prayer for his son Solomon is also a prophecy about the kingdom of God. “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” Psalm 72:8. May this be our prayer for the control of our tongues and of our lives when we pray the Lord’ prayer:
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth (in my life) as it is in heaven.”
We can begin to see how God’s original plan of control brings creativity out of the chaos both in our lives and also in the lives of others.
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