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"Take Time To Be Holy!"
Words of Encouragement from Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.

Servants of Christ, let us praise the Lord and not allow Satan to steal our praise.  God has been too good to us for us to show Him an ungrateful spirit.  Beloved, God created us; and, we owe it to Him to serve Him.  Having been giving the gift of life, we should not allow the adversary to move us with his venomous lies.  Satan is a liar and he will deceive us if we let him.  One way we can overcome his evil influence is by keeping our focus on the will of God and not allowing our flesh to focus on the things of this world.  Man -in the Garden of Eden- through concern with what he thought was good for himself introduced death into the world.  Children, we need to understand that whatever God says is for our good.  In other words, God has no evil in Him and when He gives us direction, we need to trust Him.  Remember- disobedience brings about negative consequences. 

Devotional reading for this weekGenesis 3:1-10 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of 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 hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.  (KJV)

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (KJV)

Devotional reflection for this week:  Is it prudent to give people that speak against God a listening ear?  How should we deal with deceivers?  Is it a ‘red flag’ when someone contradicts the word of God?  (Why?)  Why did the serpent attack the integrity of God?  Does sin negatively affect fellowship with God?  Does everyone who presents themselves to us in a benign way actually mean to do us good?

 

Devotional prayer:  Gracious Heavenly Father, let my heart only receive your will.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

May Jesus bless you as you honestly think through the questions raised in the devotional reflection for this week.

Love,

Pastor Patrick Neil Addison, Sr.

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