Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Putting the Pieces

Together

“… say to this people,’Thus says the Lord,

“Behold, I set before you the way of life and

the way of death.”’” Jer 21:8

We have several puzzle pieces on the table now, so let's put them together into a coherent picture: In the beginning the eternal God who is the Source of all Love and all Life, created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them; He created human beings with His nature and as we are filled with His life energy and love, we reflect His nature to the rest of creation as we rule over it and care for it, being representatives of His warm lovingkindness, life-giving goodness, and enduring faithfulness. We are designed to draw life and love from God through an intimate relationship with Him; getting to know Him and His character in ever deeper ways, and drinking from His well of sweet, crystal-clear wisdom. But this kind of relationship must be a choice, and for true freedom, there must be an alternative from which to choose. To this end God provided two specific trees in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life representing a feeding off of God, drawing life from Him. Jesus said: “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:48)  He also said, "This is eternal life, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent." (John 17:3) The Tree of the experiential knowledge of good and evil represents living to please the lusts of the flesh, as opposed to living to please God. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of this tree or they would begin a process of death in which they would die. This was not the command of a dictator, but the command of a loving parent instructing their child not to get into a stranger’s car. Effectively we have here, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Death, and for many years Adam and Eve did not eat of either of these trees. Then the day dawned when Satan confronted Eve and cast a different light upon the words that God used for that tree. He cast doubt upon God’s character, bringing confusion and instability to Eve's mind, while telling her how the fruit will be of benefit to her, denying it's consequence of death. As Eve gazed at the fruit and thought of the benefits, lust and covetousness were birthed within her, both of which create a complelling force of control upon the flesh. She eats the fruit and also gives to Adam. The first thing they now experience, is shame, leading to a felt need to hide from God. Evil flows from a choice to disbelieve and disobey God, and death is the fruit of evil. This choice of life versus death is stated many times and in various ways throughout Scripture, as well as in our daily lives: "I place before you life and prosperity, and death and adversity.” (Deut 30:15) “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life…” (John 3:36) "The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace." (Rom 8:6) Life and prosperity, death and adversity, are set before you daily ... The choice is yours, and depends upon that on which your gaze rests. Choose life.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

Putting the Pieces

Together

“… say to this people,’Thus says

the Lord, “Behold, I set before you

the way of life and the way of

death.”’” Jer 21:8

We have several puzzle pieces on the table now, so let's put them together into a coherent picture: In the beginning the eternal God who is the Source of all Love and all Life, created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them; He created human beings with His nature and as we are filled with His life energy and love, we reflect His nature to the rest of creation as we rule over it and care for it, being representatives of His warm lovingkindness, life-giving goodness, and enduring faithfulness. We are designed to draw life and love from God through an intimate relationship with Him; getting to know Him and His character in ever deeper ways, and drinking from His well of sweet, crystal-clear wisdom. But this kind of relationship must be a choice, and for true freedom, there must be an alternative from which to choose. To this end God provided two specific trees in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of Life representing a feeding off of God, drawing life from Him. Jesus said: “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:48)  He also said, "This is eternal life, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent." (John 17:3) The Tree of the experiential knowledge of good and evil represents living to please the lusts of the flesh, as opposed to living to please God. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of this tree or they would begin a process of death in which they would die. This was not the command of a dictator, but the command of a loving parent instructing their child not to get into a stranger’s car. Effectively we have here, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Death, and for many years Adam and Eve did not eat of either of these trees. Then the day dawned when Satan confronted Eve and cast a different light upon the words that God used for that tree. He cast doubt upon God’s character, bringing confusion and instability to Eve's mind, while telling her how the fruit will be of benefit to her, denying it's consequence of death. As Eve gazed at the fruit and thought of the benefits, lust and covetousness were birthed within her, both of which create a complelling force of control upon the flesh. She eats the fruit and also gives to Adam. The first thing they now experience, is shame, leading to a felt need to hide from God. Evil flows from a choice to disbelieve and disobey God, and death is the fruit of evil. This choice of life versus death is stated many times and in various ways throughout Scripture, as well as in our daily lives: "I place before you life and prosperity, and death and adversity.” (Deut 30:15) “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life…” (John 3:36) "The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace." (Rom 8:6) Life and prosperity, death and adversity, are set before you daily ... The choice is yours, and depends upon that on which your gaze rests. Choose life.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next