Come As You Are
Written by: Vaché King
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And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool [afternoon breeze] of the day, so the man and his wife hid and kept themselves hidden from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
- Genesis 3:8 (AMP)
How loving of God to create Adam in His own image. How loving of God to give him authority over the fish of the sea and the bird of the air. How loving of God to reign over the entire earth and everything that creeps within. How loving of God to cause Adam to sleep and form “woman” whom He allowed Adam to name. How loving of God to leave Adam and Eve free reign of the Garden of Eden.
If man seemingly had everything, to include the overwhelming love of God, then why would he be so easily persuaded by satan to sin? Why is it that God has given us free will, but yet we are easily persuaded by satan’s tactics? I mean after all, the serpent is cunning, manipulative, the craftiest of all the animals God made (Genesis 3:1). So how does he creep in, if he is the father of lies and half-truths (John 8:44).
Satan tempted Eve, causing the original fall of man, and he continues his ways even today. When we don’t submit unto the Lord, we open ourselves up for the prowling attack of satan (1 Peter 5:8). He takes God’s Word and presents it in a suggestive manner that can cause us to doubt what God has said.
The secret service spends their time training on what real, authentic money looks like. So when someone presents counterfeit dollars, it is easily detected because they have spent much time studying the real thing. The way we guard ourselves against the ways of the enemy is not necessarily studying the enemy (although not a bad idea), but it is submerging ourselves in the Word of God. It is by abiding in the truth of God’s Word (John 15). This truth sets you free (John 8:32), giving you the free will to make the decision in alignment with His direction.
Sin has a tendency to bring about shame, which is another tactic of the enemy. His goal is to keep us stifled, buried down, depressed, and entangled with the belief that we have to cover ourselves. This is what led Adam and Eve to cover themselves. It wasn’t until their eyes were opened, from eating the fruit from the tree God explicitly told Adam to avoid, when they realized they were naked. Instead of focusing on God, His love, and goodness of all the things He had done, Adam and Eve chose to focus on the decision they made leading to covering themselves.
God’s love does not relieve us from consequences from our sin...recall, Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden. He loves us despite our sins. In fact, he loved us knowing we would sin (Romans 5:8) and yet still sent His only Son to die in our place. We are forever forgiven in Christ. Not a license to sin; however, we can come to Him with heartfelt repentance and He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9). Uncovered, blemished, flaws and all, He wants us to come to Him just as we are. No one has greater love than to lay down His own life for His friends (John 15:33).
1. What prevents you from coming bare before the Lord?
2. Is anything too hard for God?
Thank You, Lord, that I can come to You just as I am. Thank You for seeing and loving me in spite of me. In my sin and shame, You sought me out… thank You! Thank You for covering me and relieving me of covering myself. In Jesus' precious name I pray, Amen.
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