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Lie #2 God is Holding Out on You

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August 22, 2021 8:00 am

Lie #2 God is Holding Out on You

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August 22, 2021 8:00 am

A lot of people think that God’s offer to be close to us is too good to be true. But in this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans will expose that lie and explain how hard Satan works to keep it alive. It’s an important look at how to recognize and reject the devil’s misinformation tactics in our lives.

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A lot of people think God's offer to be close to his too good to be true today. Dr. Evans explains how the devil perpetuates that attitude and what you can do about it. Let's join him as he talks about one of the six lies. Satan keeps trying to sell us alive number so God is that God is holding a little. The second half of Genesis chapter 3 and he said God said you should not from every tree.

Let's look at what God actually said. Chapter 2 verses 16 and 17 command from any tree of the God free from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not permit you will shortly all you could do that. What you could do to rephrase the question asking her if any limitations on you as he held you back, you cannot do as her mind with about the goodness of God. This raises the question.

The question why put them in there at all, let me eat whatever I will without simply because all the trees of the garden in the middle the tree of knowledge of good number of realities in this in this restriction that God gives us today as you will see first of all involved choices. The wonderful thing about living in America is that you have options. The wonder of the American experience and experiment is the opportunity at least one paintball but not realize an application, but the principle is there free to pursue life, liberty, and you can go after what makes them happy, he can come up with an idea, facilitated restrictions in the democracy limitations you not supposed to drive through red lights.

You cannot do red light should not drive through red like I should shoot through a stop sign limit because very simply in order to enjoy freedom that must be restriction so that you can maximize what is free to place baseline baseball player is free to play baseball found Linux football player is not free to play football. No sidelines. There are some in the athletic game. You maximize the freedom to play the God puts negative is to create the opportunity to maximize freedom that must be the ability to choose the second reason why God must put a restriction in the garden is to remind man of his creaturely minutes restrictions make it clear who's in charge all of you would think they just know that I can get blurry real quick because of the young person ought to rebel against the restriction and after a while it becomes unclear who is parent and child in the position of having to remind our teenage God wanted to be clear that that was a major difference between man and God a big time difference. God is transcendent God is you are not there is only one God, you are not, therefore, that would be a restriction saying the restriction zero, never mentioning the goodness of God to his thoughts after him. The woman's idea this was the devil into the woman's line of 11 318 asking her to think he thinks about God's word. He entered her mind when it does remind me, says the phone it creates you what you want a beautiful garden and then he stopped by telling you what you can admit right girlfriend, a then begins to interact with what the devil she begins to discuss. Think about it, meditate on it and makes three subtle changes in the thought process verse two and the woman said to the serpent from the fruit of the tree of the garden we may eat so possibly know major flaw in the first line go back to verse 16 the Lord commanded the man saying any tree of the garden you making freely not just say you can as you can eat from three God same one cost you. It's all free.

I provided it created and you can shop you drop cousins offering by dropping the word freely. She minimize the provision of God is one of the grocery store and be told you can have whatever you want in the grocery store whatever you wanted me Just what you want the Bloomingdale's what you want at Macy's.

One thing to be called as a whole. You can have offer free write about a difference. The problem would go into a slot machine anywhere you want all the things cost you with all different ballgame to be told that all the plethora of options before you and all three. It's good to know you can shop. It's better know you can shop that you apply the credit card that you don't have to relinquish her funds is all free. No, we don't know how many trees in the garden.

Let's just pick a number. Let's just say there are 100 trees in the garden. That means that 99 ML three. Satan let's the goodness of God, it gets hard to focus on the restriction of God, and in focusing on the restriction of God she loses sight of free she goes further from the tree fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat from it or touch it, that would not know only the provision of God should get to the prohibition of God. God never said anything about touching the tree. The only thing mentioned was eating from the tree. So Satan is so screwed up that now should forget the goodness really use it for free, and God is made to look that he actually is weighted say don't touch it Looking leaner. He lost sight of the goodness of God. God is holding out on you and please notice it's often missed simply command them not to eat, he commanded them to eat the Lord God. Chapter verse 16 commanded the man saying from the tree. Every tree in the garden you may freely eat what you think of commands as negative but I can't do command for you enjoys commanded to eat for free to leave wanting no more, but there was a negative, which caught sight of God's goodness therefore leading to a spiritual she lost sight of the goodness of God. Many of us have lost sight of the goodness of God because we have been devil into only seeing what we can, because all you see is what God has prohibited blinded you to all the privileges right next enjoys an opportunity to close out the trees but because you got just like one thing you can wake up measurable, measurable, miserable, mad at may get mad at God's people to slow it would look real close and not be saying the one thing you can have your notice, there are more trees than the single God the tree in the middle of the God sitting right next to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil becomes a little later in the call, the tree of life to my side of the tree of life and that is the tree of law. Tree of life for them intimate fellowship and relationship with God through the knowledge of rule good rules and baboons offered the God wanted them to live in their lab based on the relationship life not based on a list. The problem with the tree of the knowledge of good legal want to become the flop of the tree, but now they would live their life based on their own set of rules not based on an intimacy of relationship. The New Testament would call that the difference between law and grace with the launch rail, you got a list.

The problem with the last is that it will all and it never runs out you keep adding stuff to it and you got a sermon to all things for you list your program and what things would you give it up the good stuff that's on the list but all that good stuff. The five ways to do this to 10 ways to do that 20 ways to do that for 30 when you only when the letter is what you wrote that because God relationship with you to be to a list flaw relationship for you to give grace and not for your Christian life to be driven by your walk with your list word for this is called grace has to do with intimacy of relationship. Many of us have discovered how miserable it is trying to live by law rather than living by abiding intimacy with Dr. Evans will have more forests on the danger of relying more on rules than relationship when he returns in a moment. After some reflection about how God is kept them going through some of the most difficult challenges he's ever faced. There were times when I was overwhelmed with the burdens of life or what I didn't know that I can keep going. God would bring someone or something.

To speak words of encouragement to me during difficult times. Cost 2019 was one of those times when I lost my wife 40/49 years.

How do you keep going during that season, one month after I lost my father, and yet God provided drinking that I needed to keep proclaiming his word. During those difficult days. I'm very grateful 40 years seen this kind hand of fate on this ministry, especially when you consider the challenges and difficulties along the way. The expansion and growth. We've experienced here is nothing short of a miracle.

None of it would've been possible without the faithful contributions of people like you and that's why I want to let you know about a special package we put together is her way of saying thank you. You make a donation to keep this ministry going. It starts with 20 Evans top 40, 40 classic messages covering some of the most important topics in the Christian faith you'll get volumes one and two of this for volume said, along with Tony's popular booklet on fasting will teach you how to sharpen your spiritual appetite, sometimes saying no to your physical one make a contribution today or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 and make arrangements to get this double resource package before time runs out. I'll repeat that information for you again after part two of today's message and this coming to theaters this November. The place where Lance was here the place where it's bling was to which Dr. Tony Evans brings the New Testament Gospels to life as he visits to locations of Jesus earthly ministry connecting them to their significance and kind today I relationships I guess what Jesus is. You can take things November 15, 16 and 17 traveled with Dr. Tony Evans on life-changing eye-opening journey with Jesus, showtimes, and learn Tony Evans. You see these two trees represent two very different approaches to life. God says you will not live life with the knowledge of all the list of good. All of this, the bad and try to not do the bad and try to do the good people just be miserable. Jesus didn't say keep micromanages it. If you love me, which made this driven. If you are not enjoying your Christian life because you join me the wrong tree. You know the good, bad, you know you just sound the Christian why am I so wrong tree of room between the relationship and the law kills Roman Senate.

He said we probably all the while it's good it can help you if you show your right to show you all can help you be better only a relationship abiding in the presence of Jesus Christ can make many of us are raising our children on the wrong tree.

We have made their acceptance based on keep our expectations but rules without relationship. People rebelled physical, point when they got one out all but that's all they knew they knew about this room tree if you my son you have money, don't do this you don't do that you don't do that. After a while, maybe would make get out the cop they gone because they don't want to live on the role. However, with relationship.

Knowing what is to be home to be told, I love you and told you mean so much to me even when you are bad. I still love you when they went to a row of relationships there a lot more motivated to keep before they fell the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was irrelevant because they have life. They have life. How do we overcome this subversion. God is holding out I'm a Christian now I guess I'm supposed to be miserable when I get to heaven will be better. Until then, I guess the more miserable I am the most brittle and must be sound like the abundant life. Jesus talked about. I have come to give you life and give it to you more like have enough misery than for you to be at. We do you put things in their proper order. Verse 16 says of chapter 2 of all the trees in the garden you may freely whenever you see that word free grace we been justified freely by his grace.

Romans 36 Roman thinking gets good Roman think says if God has given us Christ will freely with him give us all things that sound like a tree you like to meet sound like the first side of the commandment. The first thing you should be talking about as a Christian is not the prohibition spend time talking about the goodness of God. All good things that mean girlfriend only fought for what about all the trees and that's why the Bible says Thanksgiving is to dominate the life of the believer, because in gratitude is the mark of the devil says look at what God is taken away from you a proper perspective says look at all the stuff God has given me for the first thing the children of Israel did was complain we don't have we don't have a lot of you also don't have the Egyptian you would like to know me well sexual problem to enter shows because we rarely give thanks Bible says in first since God has given us all things to enjoy and select miserable person. If God gave enjoyment.

Don't apologize for its don't feel bad for enjoying the guilt trip from the tree of knowledge mess you up all the stuff for free. Based on what the Bible says the biblical prohibition lived there all the stuff God has given us so easy to be ungrateful like the girl mother was trying to pray, she didn't want to pray mothers from the guilt trips I will think of all the children who don't have food close don't have parents like you just think about CLI and think about that. That's why they wanted me to pray it's real easy to be ungrateful. If I have any ungrateful kids you go out there and work and work and work and they get stuff for free, free food free housing, free close free gas in the car because they're yours, and they may want to talk about all the restrictions backing Stanley John's mother let him know their teenager. Now you feel about his kids to yeah yeah right Really close to all shows will go to now closing time. God is not just save preserving all in the worst situation. There's always a reason to get things there always be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication with what he says you come before me, and she knew all of the putting on getting bad thought about it a lot man got on the bus one day about time sheet to fight you for your generosity. Somebody would be grateful if you will find yourself with more grace.

John Wesley will one day when he was a day that I want to give you thanks. I want to thank you for that. I want to thank you thank you much the Lord, the Lord said the name of the law jail signs. Psalm 103 law benefits God is God saw all 19 God is great right spray Jim has a way of life. You Dr. Tony Evans crushing Satan's claim that God is holding back on us before we go for today.

Let me quickly remind you about our current special offer volumes one and two of Tony Evans top 40 packed with 20 of Tony's most popular messages, including the one you heard today plus his powerful booklet on how fasting can lead to the breakthrough you been praying for this special resource bundle is yours as her. Thank you gift when you support Tony's work here on the radio, on television and with pastors, their families and churches around the world making arrangements today before time runs out by visiting Tony or call our 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 number again 1-800-800-3222. The goal of remodeling is to make a worn and tired. Place fresh and new Dr. Evan says some distraction needs to happen before a remodel can occur in the same is true in our spiritual lives. Be sure to join us next time for a brand-new series entitled divine reset the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans celebrating 40 years of faithfulness. Thanks for the generous contributions of listeners like you

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