Have you ever wanted something that God already told you wasn't for you? Despite hearing God's voice, you tired to rationalize and justify why it might be ok for you to have it. This is what I like to call your "Forbidden fruit.” It's that one fruit in the middle of the garden that God instructed you not to eat.
Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17 NLT
“Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.””
Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17 NLT
When I realized that my "Forbidden fruit" was indeed just that, I said to God, "I know that this isn't what you have for me but sometimes it gets hard to prevent myself from going after it because I constantly see it. If only you could take it away from my eye sight, I would be ok.” That's when God whispered to me, "Forbidden fruit." I was instantly reminded of the same issue that Adam and Eve faced. The thing is, if the forbidden fruit wasn't in the garden, how would Adam and Eve have the opportunity to freely choose to obey God. I applied this same concept to my situation. If I only denied my flesh when its desires weren't present or accessible, would I really be making a conscious decision to obey God or would it be an unconscious result of not having the option to eat the fruit.
I began to realize that many times I had the attitude of "If I can't have it, I don't want to see it.” God wants us to see it and still be ok not having it.
As I thought about what made the forbidden fruit bad for Adam and Eve, God showed me that it wasn't anything in the fruit itself but rather the instruction that was tied to it. It was bad for them because God instructed them not to eat it.
Think about that as you attempt to justify how that forbidden fruit isn't bad. It may very well not be bad in itself. It may come in the form of a job offer, a house, a relationship, a piece of clothing or even a plate of food. What makes it bad for you is the instruction that God gave you about it.
So, I encourage you not to follow after our dear Adam and his lovely wife. Don't eat the forbidden fruit. Choose to obey God and His instructions in the mist of the garden. Feast your eyes on all of the delicious fruit that God has given you permission to indulge in.
Your sister in Christ,