By Preparing for the Realities of Life
God Pursues Us
Genesis 3:8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden.
God covers our shame
Genesis 3:21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
God promises to overcome the Serpent
Genesis 3:15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
God Uses Thorns & Thistles
Our Relationships = Pain & Misunderstanding
Genesis 3:16 Then he said to the woman, “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy, and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
Our Work = Restlessness & Incompleteness
Genesis 3:17-18 And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you.
“God releases the curse to drive us to our knees and to seek him, to recognize our need for a Savior.” Scazzero
Why does God do this?
Galatians 3:21-24 Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it…Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith.
CHOICES: Run, Hide, Fight
Paul’s Spiritual Authority
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul’s Thorn =
Physical ailment, people constantly opposing and misunderstanding him, or spiritual temptation.
Accepting Your ‘Thorn‘ as a Gift
Galatians 2:6 And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.)
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.
Ephesians 3:8 Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ.
1 Timothy 1:15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”— and I am the worst of them all.
Walking as a Cracked Pot