Could any picture any movie be more perfect more beautiful more romantic than this ….
God creates the earth and everything in it from the fish of the sea to the fowls of the air all the vegetation plants trees etc. Then for the grand finale he creates his most prize creation, MAN in his own image and gives him complete delegated authority over his whole creation he has perfect fellowship with his man in the cool of the day. Adam was truly the man and if that was not enough God had a surprise for his man. God caused a deep sleep to come over Adam and out of his own side he created Eve. God's woman a partner a friend a wife and a lover created especially for him to be the perfect compliment bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, together having complete dominion over all of God's creation. Now talk about a power couple Adam and Eve where the ultimate first and greatest power couple forget about a multiple mansions and houses is various locations a dozen automobiles a few yachts and a G6…..(okay that is impressive) BUT........
Adam and Eve literally ruled the entire world it was ALL theirs.They had dominion over everything...a handsome man and beautiful woman in their prime running around naked and NOT ashamed.
Now this is the good life, correction the GOD life and all sponsored orchestrated and created by their heavenly Father that's loved them with a perfect unconditional love.
This is a synopsis of the first 2 Chapters in the Bibles account of creation how awesome is this. BUT then something happens starting in the 3rd chapter something that tries to unravel the very plan of God and it all starts with the first 3 words of chapter 3.
Now The Serpent
Genesis 3 (ESV)
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?" 2And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" 4But the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
FROM JIMMY EVANS:
For me, the realization that I was in a real war with a real enemy came at the precise point in time when Karen and I came closest to divorce.
We were attending a small discipleship group in the church I now pastor. At the time, we were just rank-and-file members. And, though our marriage was in the early stages of being healed, we were still dealing with serious issues and fighting a lot.
We had been engaged in a running argument about something - I couldn't even tell you what ? for about two weeks. That week, when it came time for the Bible study, I told Karen I was staying at home. I was letting her know that wherever she was going that night, I was making it a point to be going another direction.
But when Karen came home from that meeting, she uttered some words that would turn our marriage, and our very lives, around.
"I need to tell you what Sarah told me," Karen said as she walked in the door. Sarah and her husband were the leaders of the Bible study.
"As soon as I walked into the house, Sarah said, 'Karen I have to tell you something. I've been praying for you and Jimmy. As I prayed, the Lord gave me a vision of a lion's head in your living room…roaring. It was the devil trying to split you and Jimmy up.'"
The instant Karen repeated that vision, I knew in my heart that it was the truth. The devil had been camped in our home for two weeks, trying to break us up.
When we started going to that church, I didn't know I would one day be pastoring it! But the devil knew that was where my destiny lay. He knew that out of that church would come a marriage ministry that would impact hundreds-of-thousands ? perhaps even millions ? of lives. There was a lot at stake. So, he had a tremendous interest in breaking us up.
Our enemy has a great interest in breaking your marriage up, too. We have a mortal enemy who didn't just attack a man and a woman in the Garden of Eden - he attacked marriage in the Garden of Eden.
It's Worth Fighting For
For a number of reasons, marriage is Satan's ultimate enemy except for Jesus Himself. First Peter 5:8 says:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
As I once did, you may think you don't want to have anything to do with that spiritual warfare stuff. But you have no choice in this. You do have something to do with spiritual warfare because you have an adversary who is trying to kill you.
You can tuck tail and run, but if you do, you'll live the rest of your life defeated. Or you can stand up and fight and live in paradise for the rest of your life.
When Karen came home and told me about that vision of the lion's head, for maybe the first time in our married life we joined hands and took authority over the devil in our marriage and in our home.
Instantly, as if you had sprayed air freshener and placed roses all over the house, the whole aroma changed. The atmosphere in our home changed. We stopped fighting and started relating the way we should.
What had finally grabbed our attention was the reality of an invisible presence in our home with an agenda to destroy us. We weren't each other's enemy - Satan was our enemy.
From that day to this, when Karen and I wake up and pray together, we take authority over certain elements that we understand are out there. We don't fear the devil; we reverence God and take authority over an enemy already defeated at the Cross. We just actively enforce that defeat.
Today we live in a marriage that is blessed because we have waged spiritual war for that marriage.
You will not have the marriage that God wants you to have unless you are willing to stand and fight for it, because you are born into a world at war - and marriage is Satan's special enemy.
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