July 19, 2012

Guarding the Garden

Don't worry about anything, instead pray about everything ~ Philippians 4:6
Philippians 4:6 not only tells us what not to do when we are scared, but also what we should do: Don't worry about anything - instead pray about everything!  Jesus came and gave us a gift.  The gift was His life so that we could have "his mind".  His mind is peace, a place of rest.  We have to receive his gift, fully take it, in order to live the Zoe life Christ lived here on earth. 

Adam had this Zoe life, as did Eve, before they chose a life filled with knowledge of good and evil instead. When they made this choice they were allowed to have it.  But the life of good ad evil didn't exist in the land of rest. God had to show them where it was, open the gate of their choosing and uproot them from where He had placed them.  He did not force them to go...He gave them their choice.  They were allowed to sojourn and learn all the knowledge of good and evil.  It wasn't all that they were lead to believe it would be, was it?

But we know God selected a plan and carried it through victoriously.  We now have the opportunity, as did they; will we choose to take life or will we pick the knowledge of good and evil?  He wants us to step through the threshold and enter a new realm of living.  When we enter in, we must trust that He wants to share all things with us as He relates with us. 

When we fear that God will withhold knowledge from us, we become anxious.  As we give room to fear, it takes the opportunity it has been afforded to plant it's seed in order for them to take root. Most of the time  we are not even unaware of the switch from dependency to seeking through our own strength. 

Soon our minds, ears and eyes become hyper vigilant in pulling from every source around us.  This is when the serpent can slither in, enticing us with many tantalizing morsels; and we do not disappoint Him.  We gorge on all the good, the bad and the tasteless attempting to gain more information, discern true life but instead of prevailing through all God has extended for our needs we travail and soon flail.

This is where His grace, through Christ, saves us from the curse which Adam and Eve experienced.  His love prevails every time we choose fearful thoughts.  He will stay with us, walk and talk us through each shameful, guilt ridden step until we have successfully cast down all the lies which distort the truth about his perfect creation.

I think about it this way, Satan has a great poker face and a very weak hand.  As long as we believe that we are incapable of passing back through the threshold being guarded by cherubim and flaming swords turning every which way Satan will win the hand.  But Christ has won the keys to the passageway of life and death.  The guarding of the garden isn't for you and I, it is for Satan. 

So don't fall for his bluff and if you get afraid don't worry; instead pray and tightly grip they key to freedoms door.  Here is a key of truth for you to meditate on in just such a case:

When you go through the sea, I am with you.  When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, neither shall the flame scorch you.  Isaiah 43:2
No amount of cards in Satan's hand can trump that!  So gird up girls and let's enter in!

With Love,
©Candace Huffmaster, 2012 All Copy Rights Reserved
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