For years now, my first week of January involves keeping close tabs on one of the most influential Christian conferences in the world that takes place near me in Atlanta, Georgia. Passion 2018 has ended, but each talk is posted on YouTube. I have been making my way through each session in chronological order and have the links below in case you want listen to any of them. Some of the world’s finest speakers hold the rapt attention of this year’s 55,000 attendees, ages 18-25, filling three arenas. The messages are amazing.
Today I will spotlight ONE and then let you enjoy the others if you wish. Christine Caine didn’t know it, but she happened to speak on one of the chapters of the bible that I have studied most, Genesis 3. I know the Bible is unsearchable, so I expect to learn something every time I study it, but it’s getting more difficult to find something new in this chapter so I was eagerly waiting for a new insight or application. Anything. She did not disappoint!
God asks the first question.
After Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and hid from God in the Garden, He called out “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). These are the first words recorded in the Bible that God spoke directly to man.
Where are you?
But after God found Adam and Eve hiding in the bushes and Adam explained, I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked. Who told you that you were naked? (Genesis 3:10,11)
God asks the second question.
Who told you? In other words, God wanted Adam to name the source of the lie he believed. The serpent had told Eve that God’s motives were not pure, so His words could not be trusted.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
That is a lie! But Eve believed, and so did Adam. They ate the fruit from the tree.
What lies are we believing? We need to find them. We need to rustle them right out of the bushes. Then we need to ask the same question God did,
Who told you?
Because in order to rid of lies we need to pull them out at the roots, or like a bad weed, they grow back. It’s at the source of the lie where healing is found. Once identified, we get to name it, talk to God about it specifically, then throw it away in Jesus’ name.
As you start 2018, find those lies. Let’s be love and live truth.
Here are all the links to the sessions of you are interested.
Session 1: Levi Lusko (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnMPHnWBHo4)
Session 2: John Piper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df5Q6ShuaZU)
Session 3: Christine Caine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPAkOZlA0ww)
Session 4: Tim Tebow, Atlanta, GA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACIJ9ArPu34)
Session 4, Sadie Robertson, Washington D.C. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2UThx7k76s)
Session 5: Louie Giglio (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lForJTc-FY)
Session 6: Priscilla Shirer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57dh8gZ0BTs)
Picture Explanation: I had a wonderful Pennsylvania Christmas with family. One afternoon I took a nostalgic spin around my old hometown and stopped to snap this picture. This is the house in which I lived from kindergarten through college. See that front door on the left? That is where I sat 44 years ago on a Thursday night and placed my faith in Jesus as my personal Savior. What a sacred spot on the globe.
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