At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
Genesis 3:7-10 NLT
It is interesting to note that prior to that moment, there was no shame or guilt in God’s creation. Because man and woman were living without sin, they had no shame. They had a perfect relationship with each other and with God. Nothing hindered them from enjoying the presence of God.
Then came temptation from Satan and sin. Man exercised his free will and rebelled against God. “At that moment their eyes were opened”—what a statement. They understood the consequences of sin. They felt shame and wanted to hide from the presence of God.
Man was created to have unbroken fellowship with God. But when we allow sin in our lives, that fellowship is broken. Our natural tendency is to hide from God. We avoid church, avoid other believers, and find excuses not to read the Bible or pray.
Years ago, I was told sin will keep you from prayer, or prayer will keep you from sin. The more we are intentional about spending time with God the less we struggle with sin.
The way to overcome sin is to have a stronger love for something else—a love for the righteousness that God offers. When we can lay our head on our pillow and feel at peace because we are right with God. Not perfect but forgiven and living without known sin.
Holy Spirit, today I confess that I am a sinner, and I can’t save myself. I believe Jesus died for my sins, and I ask Jesus to forgive me and cleanse me from the consequence and control of sin. I want to please You. I declare Jesus is Lord in my life.
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