The right voice and the right focus
The serpent was more cunning/subtle than any beast in the field that God made. To be cunning means not to be plain. God is plain, clear, in Him, there is no variableness or shadow of turning. The challenge with cunning people is that they realise you have something they need; they come to you like a friend, appear as though they are helping you but they have an agenda. Similarly, the serpent (the devil) is cunning, his main agenda is to steal/kill/destroy; he is incapable to speak the truth; he lives in total darkness and is capable to minimise the truth.
The serpent spirit/cunning nature/voice/spirit always seeks to minimise who and what you are and have in God. That spirit that is always talking you down and making you feel less than what you have in Christ. It always speaks of lack, pointing to your limitations, saying “what is this amongst so many”.
Praise is only possible after appreciation (thanksgiving) has gone ahead. Praise is the beginning of the fulfillment of purpose. The cunning spirit makes you lose appreciation for what you have in spite of your “circumstances”.
There is a difference between generic gratitude and when you count your blessings. To count your blessings is an intentional act. There are so many things you take for granted. Count your blessings because it is only the things that you count that will grow. Godliness with contentment is great gain meaning without contentment, there would be no gain.
God’s perspective; what God makes available should be the focus of your eating/feeding. What He has made unavailable should be what draws you to His presence.
What you don’t have is what draws Him into your space. You access God with your lack. Without the deficits in your life, you cannot access grace because God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. Help is for people that don’t have everything.
We ignore what is available and long focus on what is unavailable. Growth and progress is in what is available.
What you are praying for is already in what you have, pay attention to what you have.
Humans exaggerate. Your exaggeration cannot help God, be careful. Every exaggeration of the gospel is not true gospel.
Every suggestion that makes you doubt God’s word and lead you to compromise, is the voice of the serpent (the devil). When people tell you to apply “wisdom” contrary to the word of God saying sin has no consequence is a lie and the voice of the serpent.
The voice of the serpent amplifies what is not available. That feeling makes you feel that you are disadvantaged until you acquire that missing thing. The truth is Adam and Eve were already like God, they did not have to eat the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as they were already in the image and likeness of God. To remain in that image, they needed to stay focused and dependent on God and not independent of God.
The devil is such a deceitful being. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is that thinking that makes you feel that your lack is your limitation. The voice of regret is not the voice of God. God always uses what is available, He never stresses what is not available. Stop coveting that which belongs to another, you are complete as God made you. Pay attention to what is available. You are never without!
Right focus – what is available will deliver that which you desire (seek).
The wrong voice attaches what God gives to what is in a tree. Wisdom does not come from trees, trees don’t make you wise; this is a lie from the devil. Wisdom comes only from God. The moment you replace what God can give to another, you have made that thing your idol.
Jobs/status/money/houses do not guarantee wisdom. You don’t need these to be like God.
The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden but Adam and Eve ignored it and focused on the unavailable i.e. the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
It is the voice of the serpent that makes you believe that what you don’t have is the reason for not being complete. This is a lie.
A little with God is joy and peace, a lot without God is nakedness and void of joy and peace. Stop chasing what you don’t have and start celebrating what is available.
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