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January 21, 2022 7:00 pm
Dr. Bob Jones III concludes the series entitled “Walking with God” with a message titled, “What Happened in the Garden,” from Genesis 3:1-11. jones
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville South Carolina today on The Daily Platform work, including a series called walking with God and today's message will be preached by BJ you Chancellor Dr. Bob Jones the third. I was walking out of chapel yesterday.
By the way, we had two wonderful wonderful messages this week on walking with God and young man saw me the door he said are you preaching to us tomorrow. I said if the Lord will help me I will and if you will pray for me. I will will you pray for me and he said I will. I got to thinking about that we do everything so routinely here day after day we we're rigidly structured as it should be in our daily activities and we come to one thing and leave it and go to another and scarcely remember what we've just been to. That's a shame, typically when it comes to sitting under the word of God because what we have here is the word of life. It should be of concern to all of us that we should know the God who gives us life in him his life. The Bible says he that hath the son hath life. What did we get when we got saved we got life we were dead in our trespasses and sin. And when he entered our life we got life and this life is in him. Bible says we're safe to walk in newness of life in all things.
The Bible says become new. There should be a sense of excitement among you who are redeemed that you're coming to hear the word of life at the Telus of him who is life and to help us in our wall that we might live with blessing and benefit and success in him. I hope you pray for each chapel speaker every day you come in here they too have their challenges in daily life. We don't know when a man stands here. Open the word of God to what conflicts and challenges. He said the day or night before and entered this present day with we don't know what his troubled troubles and fears and longings, and sadness is we just don't know yet he comes as an instrument of God to speak to us the words of God, which have meaning and necessity for him as they do for us. So I beg you not to come here complacently with indolence and with thoughts of what's going to follow but come to be spoken to by the words of God. As Tim prayed for us this morning that thought was also in my mind, he prayed for specific things for us, doubt, fears, challenges, specific things that all of us have and we need his help for I was going to give you this one point later in the message. But I'll give it right now because I'm sure I will get halfway through this message. These are the words of Martin Luther's words, he prayed the title of this point Ms. I am a sinner still. So why am I focusing on this right now many of you desire to walk with God and that's what we're here to talk about today, but there are so many obstacles are flesh, culture, world Satanic influences everything in this world mitigates against the knowledge of God and man by his own desire does not seek God. We seek to hide from run from so Martin Luther encapsulates very well for us the reality that our best efforts find us to be sinners still our best desire to walk with God is confronted with the fact that we are sinners still Luther prayed.
I do not come because my soul is free from sin and pure and whole and worthy of thy grace, I do not speak to the because I've ever justly kept bylaws and dare to meet thy face. I know that sin and guilt combined terrain for every thought of mine and turn from good to evil.
I know that when I try to be a bright and just and true to the I am a sinner still. I know that often when I strive to keep a spark of love alive. For the powers within leave in submissive mites and often benumb my senses of right and pulled me back to sin.
I know that though in doing good. I spend my life. I never could atone for all I've done.
But though my symptoms are black as night, I dared to come before thy sight because I trust in thy son and him alone is my place, I come boldly to thy throne of grace in their communion with the salvation sure O Lord is mine, and all unworthy.
I am thy for Jesus died for me. Let's pray our father let the light of thy world word bring light to our souls in Jesus name, amen. Please open your Bibles as a framework for understanding to Genesis chapter 3 please turn to Genesis chapter 3 now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made any set another woman, yeah, hath God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the carton and the woman said unto the serpent, we made the fruit of the trees of the garden but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden God. It said shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die, and the serpent set on the woman you shall not surely die for God doth know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And 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 why she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons and 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 God amongst the trees of the garden. The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou, and he said I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and I hid myself and he said, who told the that that was naked. Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded the that thou shouldest not eat so what is the problem God had original plan for man that included daily walk with him and something intruded that Rob man of that privilege, God created the garden, but man there and woman assigned them work to do.
It was the garden of God it was not there garden, but he allowed man to enjoy it with man was privileged to walk with God there breathed into Adam the breath of life, man became a living soul. He was able therefore to communicate with God, he became irrational, leading me being a moral being whose life in the garden was limited only by one command.
Thou shalt not eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil Adams fellowship with God and that the let's solicit these of the garden depended on him keeping God's command.
God's word is privileges there and is fellowship were got with God were conditioned upon obedience to God's laws of you and I would walk with God. Obedience to his word is the absolute requirement.
Failure to do that breaks the fellowship as it did with Adam and Eve daily delight with deity and was there privilege, but when God came calling on this day he found man avoiding and hiding if possible because he was guilty. So what happened in the garden the same thing will happen to us if we allow it to that breaks our fellowship with God.
Some of you here today desire fervently to have a walk with God, and there been times when you had great closeness with the Lord in your daily walk got great blessings from your time of fellowship and prayer in the word that nourished her souls, but many today things have changed. The same things and entered your lives which is entered our lives. All of us at one time or another and entered the life of Adam and Eve in the garden. So what happened there. Lust, the desire for something which they were not entitled lust, something more satisfying. They thought, then fellowship with God.
The desire for something forbidden.
He was overcome by lust. We read it here just a while ago. In verse six she saw that the tree was good for food. She looked upon something forbidden. She desired she lusted for it. It was good for food. It was going to be satisfying to her appetite. Some of you have lost your fellowship with God that you once had, because you two lusted for some forbidden appetite. It was pleasant to the eyes. Lust of the eyes and a tree to be desired to make her wise. She lusted for intellectual attainment.
God had all the wisdom in the world and the role of the universe and he daily shared it with her. She was not lacking in knowledge, but this was another sort of knowledge that she wanted and lusted for it. The Scripture says in Deuteronomy 533, as Moses spoke toward the end of his life to the people of Israel walk in all the ways which the Lord thy God commanded you, that you may live, and it may be well with you. Deuteronomy 1012 he said again what does the Lord God require of you but to fear the Lord to walk in all his ways and to love and serve the Lord thy God with all my heart, my soul, but is he saying serving with single-mindedness that is due to his good pleasure as he has revealed it in his commands to us. Joshua 22 five patent diligent he to do the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you to love the Lord your God in all his ways and to keep his commandments and cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart, with all your soul, Solomon in pronouncing the benediction after the great worship ceremony connected with the opening of the Temple. Second of first Kings chapter 8. Let your heart he said to the people be perfect. That is friendly and complete, toward the Lord and to walk in his statutes and his commandments are agreement to do that and our pursuit of doing that has everything to do with the goodness of God toward us, and his willingness to fellowship with us communed with us and abide with us in his company. You see, God defines the terms of our walk with him. When we walk with Jesus we are following in his footsteps where he leads us.
The Lord Jesus described in this way. In Luke nine he said to them all.
If any man will come after me, that's walk with me as a follower, let him deny himself is self will, and take up his cross daily and follow me to God's going to walk with us and we're going to walk with him. We walk on his terms.
Obedience to his commandments, but something beside lust entered the garden. Idolatry and immorality entered the garden Satan said your eyes will be open.
If you break God's command and you will be God's. They violated God's commandment. They wanted mastery of their lives. That's idolatry.
They wanted to be God's. I don't think they meant to try to kick God out of the garden.
I think they were not so stupid is that I think that Satan persuaded them they could rule their lives alongside of God's dominion in their lives. We can kinda be co-regents, God, you and I maybe I can drive a car, you can be my copilot will still be together but we want some say about our lives, we want some mastery. We don't want to be under yours so idolatry entered the garden and with it the breaking of God's command, which was an immoral act.
We think of immorality and the touch of your just a second time permits, but immorality is stepping aside from whatever the required protocol is the required commandments. The conduct that is been established for as we step out of that we go our way and that is even by diction dictionary terms. A an immoral act. Morality is the established principle and in this case it was the principle that God set forth. You shall not eat of the fruit of this tree so immorality under the garden. Idolatry entered the garden and Edenic lust came into the garden and death came thereby. You know my friends and idol is whatever we give up God in order to have something that we desire more than God, something more important to us than God, something that we attain for ourselves. Knowing God has forbidden, but it's so desirable that we overthrow God's dominion of our lives and all the blessings that come thereby, and we become sinners, for instance, it can be the God of gold that happened to the rich young ruler. He had an inkling that he wanted the Lord Jesus.
But when he found out that he had to go and sell what he had in common. Follow Jesus you went away sorrowful because he had great possessions. The Bibles more important to him than Jesus and following him walking with him. Paul said Lemus has forsaken me, having love the present culture some walk away from fellowship with God to be more akin to to be more in step with the culture which is sinful, unregenerate culture, our culture is not driven by those who love God, but by the natural man which we used to be an before we left the kingdom of darkness and were transformed into the kingdom of his dear son, according to Colossians and some are slaves to the God of sexual immorality.
I can't deal with this in the links.
I would like to the subject for another day. But I believe knowing what some of you are struggling with knowing what I struggle with sexual immorality is probably the prevailing God of many lives here.
It's the God you bow down to you care that got around in your pocket on your phone so you can prove computer screens wherever you can stash it without getting caught. You know better, but it has such a dominion over you send what it is finished, leads that it's not taking you right direction. And you know that you can't walk with God when you're breaking his commandments as they pertain to sexual conduct. But you God and you're forfeiting his fellowship meets the God of adultery were talking about God. A formal occasion, the God of homosexuality, the God of pornography than any sexual sin. Anything forbidden in the Bible, sexually outside of the sacredness of marriage between man and woman. That's the only coupling God knows anything about an accepts one man one woman for life. But it's so attractive to you and it's so dominating you that you give up having God walking with you and fellowship with you and Cindy is ruling you. The Bible says the entrance of thy word.
Give his life, someone 19 130.
The Bible says in first John 15.
God is light and in him is no darkness at all. But other gods are dominating many of you, and you do not have the light of the Lord with you because he will not walk with you while you worship other gods and allow them to dominate. I am so thankful that the Bible says, second Peter in second Peter 29 the Lord knows how to deliver the godly when tempted and to reserve the unjust into the day to be punished. There is hope for those who desire to walk with God because the Bible says the Lord knows those who are here. If you are not saved you have no desire to walk with God. A message like this is totally irrelevant to you any material that's understandable you walk in darkness, God is light and in him is no darkness at all.
So why would you be interested inů You're not so it's normal to them, get on your phones or study your lessons or daydream or whatever it is you do because you just have no interest in this but for those who do and have a life dominating sin of some kind that is robbing of everything God designed for you to have his presence to walk with you as you walk on his terms together with him through this world. You know the story of Peter.
You know his dismal failure at the fire of the enemy when Christ was on trial, and right before the Lord, said Peter before the cockroach are going to deny me thrice and he said Lord no everybody should deny you walk away. I will not leave you and the Lord said, Peter. I pray for you that your faith will not but when your converted.
That is when you come back to me then you will serve me his face didn't fail because the Lord prayers have never not been answered, the Lord prayed that his faith would not his faith in who Jesus was, in his faith in the Messiah's faith in the deity of Christ. Everything the Lord said he was his faith in his Lord as his Lord did not fail, but his weakness of the flesh in a moment of severe fear testing said I don't know him. He didn't say I don't believe and there's a big difference. Many of you who I believe really know the Lord is not that you are giving up on the Lord is not that you don't believe he is who he said he hasn't put your faith in the one who revealed himself to you. It's your fleshly weakness which you and I have that is called an interruption in your walk with God. How desirous he is as he was with Adam and Eve when they ran and hid from him, knowing how long they had been.
He came and sought them and made provision for the pardon. I like it the way it was put in the words of Matthew Henry commentator based upon the Scripture which says if we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. Matthew Henry said, our happiness will be in proportion to our being made holy.
All who walk near to God in holiness and righteousness are sensible. That is aware that their best days and duties are mixed with sin. Let us plead guilty before God. The humble willing to know the worse of our case and let us honestly confess all our sin. There is hope my friends for those who desire that kind of walk with God. The Bible says in Psalm 56 David's prayer that thou hast delivered my soul from death will thou not deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living that's in this present life deliver my feet from falling, that needs to be the prayer of some here today. God delights to hear that prayer. You pray it because as David did you desire to walk with him in the light of the living. And this is a wall that God designs to continue for the redeemed throughout all eternity. John described it in these closing few words. Revelation 20.
As he looked toward the future day he carried me away. That is, the angel showed him these things, he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city that holy Jerusalem the sending out of heaven from God. The glory of God and the Lamb of God was the light people of all nations shall wall in the light of it when he saved us he saves us to walk in everlasting life in the everlasting light of our God. If there has been an interruption in that because sin intruded plead with you to love God enough to get the lust the idols out of your life so you can yield to the word of God again and walk in his commands because he delights to fellowship with those and bless those who do you been listening to a sermon preached by Dr. Bob Jones the third chancellor of Bob Jones University. Thanks for listening and join us next time for another sermon preached from the Bob Jones University Chapel platform