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Lie #2 God is Holding Out on You

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August 10, 2021 8:00 am

Lie #2 God is Holding Out on You

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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August 10, 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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Since you last long. Dr. Tony Evans tells us what the Lord really had my license plates celebrating this is the alternative hundred 20 author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative. 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 a number so God is holding a little. The second half of 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 God freely from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not permit you will shortly die. All you could do that. What could the question asking her if any limitations on what 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 what I will without simply because the all only eat up 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 one of the American experience and experiment is the opportunity at least one paintball not realize an application, but the principle is that man is free to pursue life, liberty, and you can go after what makes them happy.

You can come up with an idea, facilitated restrictions in a democracy. Limitations you not supposed to drive through red lights. You cannot do life should not drive through red like I should shoot through a stop sign because very simply in order to enjoy freedom that must be restriction so that you can maximize what is free to place baseline a baseball player is free to play baseball, football player is not free to play football sidelines. There are some in the living game. You maximize the freedom to play the race. God puts negative is to create the option 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 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 the 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 that it would be a restriction site seeing 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 a beautiful garden and then he stopped by telling you what you can it not right girlfriend, a live 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 you give me 3.1 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. Many of us have lost sight of the goodness of God because we have been devil only seeing what we can, because all you see is what God has prohibited blinded you to all the privileges right next joys and opportunities of all the trees but because you got just like one thing you can you wake up miserable your mate yet mad at God's people to slow when it would look real plots and not be saying the one thing you can have you all more tree 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 blue light of the call, the tree of life.

Sitting side by side the tree of life and the tree all three of life for them intimate fellowship and relationship with God. The tree of the knowledge of will. Good rules and who 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 ones and become the flop with 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 got to all things for you list your program and what things would you list is not 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 know what is what you wrote because God's relationship with you to be to a list of all relationship for you to disgrace and for your Christian life to be driven by your walk with you on the list have 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 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 of all of this, the bad, trying to not do the bad and try to do the good people just be miserable why Jesus didn't say keep my commandments. He said if you love me, which maybe is driven by grace. If you are not enjoying your Christian life because you enjoyed it from the wrong tree.

You know the good, bad, right, just like you say I'm a Christian, why am I so measurable.

The trio room between the relationship and the law kills the laws good policy in Roman 7% would probably law that while it's good to help you if you show your right to show you wrong. It can help you be better only a relationship abiding in the presence of Jesus Christ can make that many of us are raising our children on the wrong tree.

We have made their acceptance based on will keep all expectations but rules without relationship. People rebuild pencil, point when they go one out all that's all they knew they knew about this room tree if you're my son you have money, don't do this you don't do that you don't do this do that after why maybe would make get out the cop they gone because they don't want to live on the role.

However, with relationship knowing what it is to behold be told, I love you would be told. You mean so much to me even when you are bad.

I still love you when they went to a wealth 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. 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, 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.

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Find showtimes and learn more Tony Evans. We overcome this subversion. God is I'm a Christian now. I got them supposed to be 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 you give it to you more abundantly life have enough misery than for you to be active. We do you put things in the proper order. Verse 16 says of chapter 2 of all the trees in the garden you may freely whenever you see that were free disgrace. 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 give us all things that sound like a tree you like to meet sound like the first on the commandment.

The first thing you should be talking about as a Christian is not the prohibition talking about the goodness of God. All good things that he had caused me 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. 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 the first thing the children of Israel did was complain we don't have when you also don't have the Egyptians: you would like to me while he sent you to show because we rarely give thanks Bible says in first since God has given us all things to enjoy. So like a miserable person. If enjoyment. Don't apologize for what don't feel bad for enjoying the guilt trip from the tree of knowledge mess you up all the stuff for free.

The Bible says the biblical prohibition and all.

But God has given you 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 CM I am thinking 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 of the restrictions Stanley John's mother teenager now you feel about his kids to yeah yeah right got really close to closing, God is not just save all the worst situation. There's always a reason to give thanks, before me, and she knew all of the planning on about it a lot man got on the bus one day someone would be a time sheet to you.

It would be great if you will find yourself more grace. John Wesley will one day when he was thanks and thank you thank you much Saul will all three God Jim 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 our 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 make 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 Dr. Evan says the fact that we're worried can be a bigger problem then whatever we're worried about. Be sure to join us tomorrow.

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