Colossians 1:10-14

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy” Colossians 1:9-11.

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Abiding in Christ

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me”, John 15:1-4.

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Dark, Deadly, Disaster

Genesis 6:12-22

“So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.’” Genesis 6:12-13.

It is possible that you or I would step out of a time machine into that world and say, “Wow, this is awful!” and would be in agreement with God. But it is hard for the average man to imagine a world so evil that it had to be destroyed. Yet, look at our present world, many folks say why does God not do anything?

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Death of Innocence

Genesis 3:6-7

“And the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.’” Genesis 3:4.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:6.

There are three avenues of temptation and Satan uses all three on all of us without exception. That does not mean that we are always susceptible to all three, but it does mean that we will be weak in at least one of these areas. As you can see from the passage above, Eve fell in all three areas. We will see later that Satan used them in the exact same order in the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.

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