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How To Know When You’re Near Forbidden Fruit

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How To Know When You’re Near Forbidden Fruit

Bible Text: “Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” – Prov.9 v17 (NKJV)

 

My love to you all from around the world!  I pray for you as I do myself that we all are being mightily used by God wherever we are (2 Cor.2 v 14-15), witnessing in His power that Christ is the way, the truth and the life and none equates nor is comparable to Him (Acts1 v 8; John 14 v 6).

 

Selah! I trust u all doing not only good but great, for great is His love towards us that we are called the children of God (1 John 3 v 1). We are of a great value in the sight of God, always remember your value is great and let no one sway you away from this truth.

 

Okay, I have been on a roller-coaster experience over the past few weeks, which God has imparted some sincere truths within my spirit which I always love sharing with my family.

 

That being said, let’s get to the chase, shall we!

 

 

It is amazing that immediately after God led Adam to his wife, Eve (Gen 2 v 24), the crafty enemy came into the picture as seen in Gen.3. This reminds me of  Mark 10 v 9 (NKJV) which says therefore what God has joined together let no man separate (put asunder) and 1 Cor.16 v 9 (NKJV) which says

“For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries

which connotes the truth that as God opens the doors of marriage unto you, you would face many adversaries that would seek to put asunder to your “effective door” being opened. Furthermore, as affirmed within my heart that although Satan in Gen.3 may not have appeared as a man, we are implored to be watchful and prayerful of individuals who would be used by the enemy to put asunder to that beautiful union which God had intended in the fullness of time, for you to be gloriously joined together in.

 

Firstly, no matter the joyous feel, either having a partner or being in a relationship leading to marriage, beware that the enemy is on the constant prowl day and night to find subtle ways of enticing you into becoming unfaithful to your spouse or wife to be, by eating the forbidden fruit.  The man, Joseph is brought to mind in Gen. 39 v 9b (NKJV) which says

“because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

in relation to Matt.13 v 25 (NKJV) which says

“but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way”

revealed the alertness of the man, Joseph to averting the tares that the enemy would have sown in His heart and like a hireling flee away at the sight of consequences arising.

 

Secondly, as Prov.1 v 10 says

“My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent.”

is a clear indication of the truth that men or women would entice you into a dishonourable act that would drive away the presence of God and His peace over your life, and your family. We are to be sensitive of the craftiness we would be revealed unto of friends, family even fellow “so-called brethren” who might wish you indulge into such acts.

 

They might deceive you by saying “you will not surely die” as the enemy did in Gen.3, but your act of infidelity either with someone or actions fulfilled via tempting thoughts of the enemy would be naked before God and your conscience stained before His sight. The Bible says

Flee away every form of evil” and “to put under subjection every vain thought under the obedience of God” (1 Thessalonians 5:22; 2 Corinthians 10:5).

 

Reflection:  It is a great wickedness to God and dishonor to your spouse to be indulged in forbidden acts before or in marriage. The Joy of intimacy between a man and woman is to be shared within the boundary of their marriage. This is covenant is not just for your personal gain, but for the glory of God to be revealed in the plans He has for you, your partner and your futures. Let us be intentional in the pursuit and not in the reality of the world we live in that will comfort our wrongdoings with grace. 

 

Yours Sincerely,

Michael Ihenacho

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