God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. —Genesis 1:31

The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” —Genesis 2:15-17

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. —Genesis 3:2-5

He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. —Genesis 3:24

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. —Psalm 1:1-2

            The choice to trust the lie of Satan instead of the Truth of God has led us to where we are.  In the beginning when God first created everything “it was very good.”  The world is a mess today and it is getting closer and closer to the days of Noah when man’s “inclination of the thoughts of his heart was altogether evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5).  Death and all that causes death comes from man’s rebellion,

            Paradise was lost because of disobedience.  Continued disobedience today will keep people out of the coming Paradise— Heaven.  Those who understand that God’s ways truly are the best ways and desire to follow Him and His ways will be with Him one day forever and ever.  There everything will be right and good.  That is not the case now, nor ever will be in this present state of our world.  The wicked acts of man are increasing.  Just as Satan influence Adam and Eve to rebel, so Satan is doing the same today and they need to “come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26).

            No only does man need to escape from the trap of Satan, but then he needs to “delight in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”  Man needs to switch from Satan’s will to God’s will— the will and “work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).  The starting place is to call on Jesus (Romans 10:13) and then do what He designed you to be and do (Ephesians 2:10).  Man was driven from Paradise in the Garden of Eden, but God is drawing men to Himself to in Paradise once again!

Dear Father I thank You for the life to come in Paradise/Heaven with all who love Jesus.  May I be faithful until then by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So be it.

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