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IS THE GRASS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE?

By: Gary L. Rodgers

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Doesn’t the grass look greener on the other side of the fence? Look at it over there; a beautiful thick blanket of plush green. I’ve never seen grass that green anywhere.

For some people it looks that way, and unfortunately it is that way for many of them as well. They stare and they covet what others have. Always wanting to have but seldom willing to work for it.

TWO PLOTS

Consider if you will two plots of ground next to each other. The one is plush and green, neatly kept and free of weeds.  The other plot of ground started out looking the same but in time it became overgrown with weeds, crabgrass and dandelion. The once beautiful flower beds are mere mounds of dead plants. The shrubs are a tangled mess of new growth. Old toys and debris is strewn all over the yard. The owner of this plot of ground looks at his neighbors beautiful yard and wishes that his looked the same. Why can’t I have a yard like that, he wonders. They don’t stop to consider that their neighbor’s yard didn’t just start growing that way. It took time, patience, money and some hard work to get it looking like that.

PRINCIPLE OF HARD WORK, MONEY, PATIENCE AND TIME

The principle of hard work, money, patience and time is not a new concept. These principles have been around since the Garden of Eden. And they need to be applied to every aspect of our lives. These principles are just as important in your business and family life as they are in everything thing else from sports, exercise, your home and even learning to play an instrument. It’s really quite simple when you think about it. If you don’t put anything into it then you don’t get anything out of it. Nothing comes free and easy. So often people imagine that if they only had a million dollars life would be so much easier, no it wouldn’t! It takes work to hold onto a million dollars just like it takes work to hold onto every penny that you earn now. With a million dollars it would be important for you to speak to financial advisers and accountants to know what to do to keep your money growing and protected from thieves and market loss. There’s no free ride here! You may be able to afford things a little easier than before but it still takes effort on your part to keep a budget and keep your operating costs down. People are always looking on the other side of the fence to see what someone else has. Always trying to keep up with the Jones’; you can look at it and say that’s nice; or you can look and hope for and desire and become jealous and envious of others. Jealousy is a very destructive force that will bring you to ruin if you let it. Be content with what you have and you will live a much happier life. You don’t need a million dollars to be happy, what you really need is a right heart attitude toward what you do have.

WE OWN THEM

Well my husband use to be this way and my wife use to be that way. Interesting, what do you mean use to be? What’s wrong with keeping at it, or better yet what is wrong with improving upon who we are? Oh how hard we work to get the attention of that boy or girl. We bathe twice as much as before; put every hair neatly in place. We put on the best perfume or aftershave. Our clothes are clean and neatly pressed and we have the most pleasant voice and charming smile imaginable. Then after the wedding bells stop ringing and the joy of the honeymoon is far spent we get into this lackadaisical syndrome that seems to overtake us. We begin to walk around with a two-day growth of beard on our face, we dress less becoming than before, our hair may be brushed or combed or it may not. Our manners aren’t as nice as they use to be and now we begin to get lazy. Why? Because we got him or we got her, they are locked in to us and they are now our possession. We own them!

And so what’s wrong with all of this? We let down our guard, we change our view as to what is important to us and we have a tendency to feel smug in our marriage, business and other relationships and we become lazy in our thinking and in our efforts to make some things better than they were before. We begin to look at and desire to have what other people have. We begin to focus our interests in people and things where they should not be; and if we don’t do something to correct it we will find in time that our little world will begin to crumble and fall apart.

If you don’t like the way that your husband looks, acts or dresses then help him to change by giving him a reason to improve. You flirted with him and made yourself the apple of his eye before you got married, so what’s wrong with doing that now?

THE CHARM SCHOOL

 A family member of mine once owned a charm school a number of years ago. Their school taught people how to dress, how to wear makeup and a host of other things to help people improve upon their looks and character. They were taught poise and how to carry themselves with good manners and speech. I recall the story of a woman that came to the school in tears because she was a simple plain wall flower. She was afraid of losing her husband and asked for help. People were brought in to help this woman learn how to dress, wear makeup, walk with dignity and speak gently with a flow of elegance that soon changed her whole life for the better. I read a letter that this lady’s husband wrote to the charm school. He couldn’t thank the school enough for what they had done to help his wife. Their marriage improved greatly and they as a couple were very happy and looked forward to the coming years with one another.

RABBIT SAUSAGE

I once heard a preacher speak on the balance of marriage and I liked what he said. He said that a 50/50 marriage is a bad marriage. All it means is that you put 50% of your effort into it and nothing more. And if your partner doesn’t put in their 50% then you have a failed marriage. Truth of the matter is that the marriage failed way back when you decided on this 50/50 effort. Marriage is 100% effort on your part at all times or else it is a failed marriage. When you said I will, your promise to your mate was that you would always give it your best. There are days when we feel tired and we can’t give it 100%. We get sick and we can’t give it a 100%. We get moody and depressed and our emotions run hot and cold and we can’t give it 100%. So what else is new? None of us always feel like giving it a 100% effort every minute of every day. But that’s not to say that we should not try. Give it the best that you can and if you only make the 75% margin for that day and your partner makes it to 100 then be happy and know that you still have a far better marriage than the so-called 50/50.

That 50/50 marriage is like the guy that was traveling through a small country town where he happened to spot a sign in the window of the local Butcher Shop that read “Rabbit Sausage for Sale”. He thought to himself that he liked the taste of rabbit meat and this might be something worthwhile trying. So he went in and bought two pounds of it and took it home and began to cook it up. As he cooked it he thought to himself that this doesn’t smell right. Doesn’t smell like cooked rabbit to me. And when he tasted it he was certain that some other type of meat was added to the rabbit. So he sent it out and had it tested for contamination. The results came back showing that there was horse meat mixed in with the rabbit sausage. The man then decided to take the Butcher to court for false advertising.

As the proceeding started the Judge said to the Butcher, “Sir I understand that you were advertising in the widow of your Butcher Shop that you were selling rabbit sausage. Is this true?”

BUTCHER – Yes your Honor that is true!

JUDGE – I further understand that horse meat was found in the mixture of rabbit sausage. Is that true?

BUTCHER – Yes your Honor that is true!

JUDGE – May I ask what was the ratio of the mixture?

BUTCHER – Aw, it was about 50/50 your Honor.

JUDGE – What do you call 50/50

BUTCHER – I put in one rabbit and one horse!!!

So you see that 50/50 does not necessarily mean half and half. A 50/50 marriage is no better than the 50/50 rabbit sausage. If you want to have a good marriage, if you want to have a good business, if you want to be good at playing sports or playing an instrument, then it will take a 100% effort on your part. It might not always come out perfect but it will come out far better than little or no effort at all.

COMMITMENT

When you put forth only a small amount of effort then you can expect the other side of the fence to look greener than your side. And if you decide to cross over and take it whether it is someone else’s husband, wife, business or career. Then you are a thief and a robber. And if you did it once then chances are that you will jump the fence and do it again later in life. The only way to stop being a thief is to take the initiative to work hard at earning what you get and keep working at it honestly to keep it. It takes commitment! (Proverbs 6:6-11Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 7Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.)

If your mind’s eye is on things that others have, then the other side of the fence will always look greener to you. You will never be satisfied with what you have. If you would like a Cadillac but can’t afford one then be content with what you have. Why desire something that is out of your reach. Be sure that what you desire is right for you and more importantly that you can morally and ethically afford it. If you have to steal it to get it then in time you will lose it anyway.

The best apple pie is one that is made from scratch rather than one that was produced in bulk by a manufacturer. Put forth the effort to things that you have and can achieve, and in time you will have your own plush green yard on what other people call the other side of the fence.

CLOSING REMARKS

I hope that this little booklet in some way has been a help to you. No doubt that life has its many challenges. Everything worthwhile having takes time, money and effort. But there is more to life than having things and a looking forward to the next shiny trinket that comes along. There is the spiritual side to every person that needs to be filled as well. Eventually all people come to a point in their lives where the question of where they will spend eternity becomes a matter of serious concern. It all comes down to choice. Do you choose to accept Christ and His free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23) or do you reject His offer? (Psalms 9:17) The choice really is yours.

If you choose to accept Christ as you personal Lord and Savior then I invite you to follow along in this simple prayer. Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

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of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

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HOW TO HAVE A HOLY HOUR

HOW TO HAVE A HOLY HOUR

By: Gary L. Rodgers

HOW TO HAVE A HOLY HOUR

By: Gary L. Rodgers

Come into God’s presence with praise and thanksgiving, acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior; praising Him for all the great things He has done.

I will lift up my hands to the LORD in the morning hours, I will lift up my hands to you in praise!

Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands unto God in the heavens.

Psalms 134:2 Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name.

    5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.

 

  1. 1.      I PRAISE YOU LORD, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR;

9For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: We should always come into God’s presence and depart from His presence with praise and thanksgiving. The importance of this cannot be over emphasized.

  1. 2.      Confess all of your sins to God.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 

  •  If you have truly given your sins over to God then forget about them. They are no longer yours. God has wiped them away and you need to do the same.

Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 38:17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Mind jogger on types of sin:

  • Sins of the mind.
  • Sins of the tongue.
  • Sins of action or deeds.
  • Sins of neglect.
  • Sins of the heart.
  • Sins of the flesh.
  • Sins of unbelief
  • Willful disobedience.

 

  1. 3.      Waiting on GodPsalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.

 

  • We should take a few moments to be still and be aware that we are in The Presence of Almighty God.
  • Listen for God’s still small voice through scripture as you continue in prayer.

1 Kings 19:11 -13 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; [but] the LORD [was] not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; [but] the LORD [was] not in the earthquake:

12 And after the earthquake a fire; [but] the LORD [was] not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

13 And it was [so], when Elijah heard [it], that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, [there came] a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

  1. 4.      Intercession, Supplication and Fasting
  • Intercession – is love on your knees pleading to God on behalf of others.
  • Supplication – a humble and sincere appeal to God who has the power to grant a request.
  • Fasting – incorporates Intercession and Supplication. It’s showing God that you sincerely mean business.

Items that need to (always) be a part of our prayers:

  • Spouse – Health, Spiritual growth, Wisdom and knowledge, soul winning, Bible study and prayer
  • Prayer for our Pastors, Deacons, Church Leaders, Teachers, Workers and Missionaries.
    • Pray for their ministries
    • Pray for their families

ü  Protection – for them and their families

ü  Health – for them and their families

ü  Spiritual growth – for them and their families

ü  Financial needs – for them and their families

ü  Peace and harmony in the home and church family – for them and their families

  • Pray for souls to be saved and church growth.
  • Include those prayers that are part of your Prayer Diary.

 

  1. 5.      Petitions – asking for self
  • This is asking God to meet your needs.

ü  Spiritual

ü  Health

ü  Financial

ü  Care, Protection and Harmony within your home and church family.

 

  1. 6.      Claim the Victory with Thanksgiving
  • We are on the winning side and should thank God for everything that He has done for us and is about to do for us.

1 Chronicles 29:11  Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.

 

  1. 7.      Singing and Psalms
  • Singing scripture back to God is one of the highest forms of Worship and Praise.
  • The book of Psalms is full of Prayers that we can pray and/or sing back to God.

 

Psalm 25

Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul
Unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul

CHORUS:

O my God, I trust in Thee
Let me not be ashamed
Let not mine enemies triumph over me

Yea, let none that wait, on Thee be ashamed
Yea, let none that wait, on Thee be ashamed

Show me Thy ways O LORD, show me Thy ways
Teach me Thy paths O LORD, teach me Thy paths,

The secret of the Lord, is with them that fear Him
The secret of the Lord, is with them that fear Him

  1. 8.      Second coming of Christ and The Will of God
  • We should be praying and looking for the second coming of Christ.

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

  • We should be praying that the Will of God be done.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  1. 9.     Depart from God’s presence with Praise and Thanksgiving.

Revelation 7:12 Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS:

Meditation

In meditation the mind is very active in pondering spiritual things. Dwell on these things and allow God to speak to you through His Word.

Joshua 1:8  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Prayer changes things

  • Jesus taught us to speak to God through prayer.
  • Prayer will transform your mind to think differently and act differently.
  • Praying with a submissive spirit will renew your mind to see things the way that God sees them.

“Nothing of eternal value ever happens apart from prayer.”

Dr. Jerry Falwell

Verses of encouragement:

When you get discouraged and the light of joy in your heart seems to be but a flicker do as David did and ask the Lord to ;

Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” KJV

NOTE: This verse speaks of restoring joy in your heart. It is not talking about restoring ones salvation.

 

Nehemiah 8:10c for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

WHO WAS ADAM

WHO WAS ADAM

By: Gary L. Rodgers

The story of Adam is one of beauty, of joy, love and unimaginable happiness. It is also the story of fear, guilt and a deep sense of sorrow, loss and tragedy. We as men are the Adam of our home. Everything that goes on within our family we will give an account for. We are accountable for the behavior of our family members. We are responsible to teach, guide and nurture our family in all areas of their lives. We are to be the leader of our homes, not the followers. The character and strength of our families demonstrate what kind of a leader and person we are. Our leadership will have an effect on future generations to come. In this message “Who was Adam” we are going to look at what kind of a man he was and the effects that his decisions have on us and all mankind to follow.

Who was Adam? Why he was;

  • The first man created as the crowning point of creation.  Created in the Image of God and he became a living soul.   (Genesis 1:26 & 27, 2:7)

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

7And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  • The first man to live and experience the beauty of a sinless world. (Genesis 1:28 – 30)      

28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.

  • The first husband and only human to have a mate created from his flesh and bone. (Genesis 2:21-23)

21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

  • The first man to experience the unity of being one flesh in marriage. (Genesis 2:24)

24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

An interesting picture of this one flesh relationship can be found in the book of Job. In looking back at the story of Job we find that Satan came into the presence of God, (Job 1) “8And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth (turns away from or avoids) evil?

9Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. NOTE: (We too are surrounded by that hedge of protection from God on every side.)

11But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

12And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

As this story goes on we find that there came a day when Job lost everything that he had. He lost all of his wealth and he lost all of his children.

And in verse 20 – 22 we find these words.20Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

21And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

22In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

As we read on we find that Satan came into the presence of the Lord a second time, (Job 2)“2And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

3And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

4And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

5But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

6And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine hand; but save his life.

7So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Pay particular attention to what is being said here and by whom.9Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

Mrs. Job survived all the torment that her husband went through. Why did she live, and not die with her children? Because God told Satan that he was not to lay a hand on Job nor could he touch Job’s life. To touch Mrs. Job would have meant to touch the very life of Job himself. Herein is the mystery of that one flesh relationship. You cannot touch the Bride of Christ (The Church) without touching the life of the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ). What did Adam say when he first saw Eve? (Genesis 2:23) “This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh:” And what did Satan try to do in Job 2:55But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh,Satan was not only wanting to touch Job’s physical flesh and bone, but he was also wanting to touch Job’s wife, Job’s one flesh partner in his marriage relationship.

To illustrate the one flesh marriage: If you were to take two glasses of water and call the one man, and the other woman, you would first notice that they are both made up of the same chemical compound H2O. We as humans are made up of a body, soul and spirit. While the two glasses are apart from each other they are their own individual selves. But as soon as you mix them together they twain become one. Who can separate the two, one from the other, and put all of the drops of water into one glass making up the individual man, and the remaining water into the glass making up the individual woman? Only God can make that separation. In marriage we become one.

  • The first man to hear God’s voice and the first man to receive a commandment from God. (Genesis 2:16 & 17)         

16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

  •  The first man to be used of God. (Genesis 2:19)      

19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

  • The first man to behold a woman. (Genesis 2:22 & 23)     

22And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

  • The first man to experience the deceit of Satan. (Genesis 3:1-7)         

1Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

  • The first man to sin willfully. (Genesis 3:6)            

6And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

  • The first man to experience being accountable for sin. (Genesis 3:7)              

7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

  • The first man to realize his need for a Savior.  (Genesis 3:10)                           

10And he (Adam) said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself.

  • The first man to start a religion. (Genesis 3:7 & 8)                 

7And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

  • The first man to hide from God. (Genesis 3:8)            

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

  • The first man that was sought after by God. (Genesis 3:9)                       

9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?

  • The first man to see himself as a sinner. (Genesis 3:10)    

10And he (Adam) said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I [was] naked; and I hid myself.

  • The first man to pass the buck. (Genesis 3:12)                   

12And the man (Adam) said, The woman whom thou gavest [to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

  • The first man to receive chastening for sin. (Genesis 3:17-18)            

17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

The blessed provision of God was for man to eat of the trees in the Garden. The chastening penalty of the Lord was for man to eat of that which he toiled for from the ground.

  • The first man to experience hard labor. (Genesis 3:19)        

19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.

  • The first man to see the innocent die for the guilty. (Genesis 3:21)           

21Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

  • The first man to be clothed in the righteousness that God provided for him. (Genesis 3:21)        

21Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

  • The first man to receive God’s promise of the Messiah. (Genesis 3:15)       

15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

  • The first man to be denied the true blessings of God. (Genesis 3:23 &24)       

23Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

  • The first man to reproduce an offspring. (Genesis 4:1)     

1And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

  • The first man to experience the death of his child. (Genesis 4:8)    

8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

  • The first man to experience the heartache and sorrow that sin had brought upon himself and his family. (Genesis 4:10-15)

10And he (meaning God) said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment [is] greater than I can bear.

14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, [that] every one that findeth me shall slay me.

15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

Who was Adam? Why Adam was the man who brought death upon all mankind.

Because of Adam man was plunged into a world of sin. And because of Adam all mankind needs to be redeemed from their sin. There is only one who is able to save man, and that person is Jesus Christ the Perfect Son of the Living God. The lamb slain (promised) from the foundation of the world.

It was Jesus alone who came to the earth seeking after man. (Where art thou?) It was Jesus alone who went to the cross to make the full payment for our sins in order to rescue us from the fiery eternal depths of hell. What did God require as payment? It was blood, (Leviticus 17:11For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.) and Christ shed every drop of His blood for each of us.

Baptism, church membership and good works did not descend from heaven and go to a cruel cross to make an atonement for our sins. It was a Savior, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It’s Christ alone and Him only to save us. It never has and never will be Christ plus anything. These other things, Baptism, Church Membership and good works are not prerequisites to salvation; they are simply a demonstration and witness of our faith to others that we are the children of God. If they were to be a part of salvation then they would be the deciding factor and Christ would become nothing.

Won’t you come to Christ today?

John 6:32Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

33For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

34Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.

35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

36But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.

37All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

39And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

40And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

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of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

Thank you, and may the Lord richly bless you!

Wisdomforlife

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