There is something that everyone will experience several times in life: God’s test!
1). Genesis 2:16-17- (vs.16)- And the LORD God commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (vs. 17)- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die.
This was God’s “test” for Adam and Eve.
QUESTION: What would have happened, if they had passed the test?
The same thing that would have happened for them if they had passed “their” test; is the same thing that will happen for you, when you pass “your” test.
FIVE STAR SENTENCE: The consequences of obedience would have been just as great, in the right direction, as the consequences of disobedience was, in the wrong direction.
Anytime you resist temptation, you pass God’s “test”. And at the same time, you automatically open a door for blessings to come in.
Just like the consequences of sin was instant and automatic for Adam and Eve, the consequences for obedience is always instant (in the spiritual realm) and automatic.
1). James 1:2-3 (AMP)- (vs. 2)- Consider it nothing but joy my brothers and sisters, when you fall into various trials; (vs. 3)- Be assured that the testing of your faith, through experience, produce endurance, leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace.
Why would you “consider it or count it all joy”? Because if you pass the test, you automatically open the door for blessings.
1). II Corinthians 2:12b- The apostle Paul said: “… and a door was opened unto me of the Lord”.
Anytime a door is opened, that means that at one time it was CLOSED!!!
2). Malachi 3:10- Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of host, if I will not open you the window of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Anytime you resist “temptation”, and pass the “test”, a door is ALWAYS opened!!!
If Adam and Eve had passed “their” test:
1). DEATH would never have entered into the world. You would never have to attend a funeral.
2). SICKNESS would never have entered into the world. We would know nothing about pain, arthritis, high-blood pressure, cancer, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
3). GUILT, SHAME, and CONDEMNATION would be feelings that we would know nothing about.