Do Good or Bad – The Enemy Doesn’t Care

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“I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

In Genesis, what did the enemy deceive Eve to do? He convinced here to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

So much teaching and preaching today is all about doing good, trying your best for God, behaving well, living a Godly life. But that misses the whole point! Why?  Because a focus on morality comes from the same tree as evil.

If our focus is on good behavior – or on bad behavior – we are still eating from the wrong tree – the same tree from which the enemy convinced Eve to eat.

What is the enemy trying to do? Is he trying to get us to focus on “evil desires?” No. You see, he would be just as happy if we were focused only on “good desires” without hearing from the voice of Christ. Why? Because it is not about our behavior – good or bad – it is about our heart. It is about being “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

So what is that simplicity?

It is eating from the OTHER tree – the Tree of Life! It is leaning into Jesus with all our heart, soul and mind, loving Him and loving others. And it is not worrying about any behavior – good or bad – because we are letting Him work all that out in each of our lives. Does that sound simplistic?  Good, it is supposed to.

Remember, the is the goal of the enemy is to come against the simplicity that is in Christ. It is NOT the enemy’s goal to get you to sin! He would be just as happy if you did good that is absent from Christ – as long as you are eating from the wrong tree.  Because when you do, you miss it!  You miss the joy, freedom, fullness and life that comes from a simple relationship and intimacy with God.

For more about this, click here to read “A Tale of Two Trees”

4 thoughts on “Do Good or Bad – The Enemy Doesn’t Care

  1. “The sinner is in a plight more miserable than the leper; let him imitate his example and go to Jesus, “beseeching Him and kneeling down to Him.” Let him exercise what little faith he has, even though it should go no further than “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”; and there need be no doubt as to the result of the application. Jesus heals all who come, and casts out none. In reading the narrative in which our morning’s text occurs, it is worthy of devout notice that Jesus touched the leper. This unclean person had broken through the regulations of the ceremonial law and pressed into the house, but Jesus so far from chiding him broke through the law Himself in order to meet him. He made an interchange with the leper, for while He cleansed him, He contracted by that touch a Levitical defilement. Even so Jesus Christ was made sin for us, although in Himself He knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. O that poor sinners would go to Jesus, believing in the power of His blessed substitutionary work, and they would soon learn the power of His gracious touch. That hand which multiplied the loaves, which saved sinking Peter, which upholds afflicted saints, which crowns believers, that same hand will touch every seeking sinner, and in a moment make him clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, WE LIVE. ” ~ Charles Spurgeon

    • That’s right, Shannon. Jesus offers to cleanse any of us. Whether we are judgmental, or condemning, or gluttonous, or materialistic, or short-tempered, or thinking we can keep the law instead of being in desperate need of Him – He makes us a new creation. Then He grows and matures us, more into His image every day. You know, I have SO MUCH on my plate, we each do, it hardly leaves any time to look at anyone else’s situation. We each have so much on our plate, I guess that’s why Jesus said, “You guys just love God and love each other; I’ll take care of the growing and maturing!” I love that about Him. (Whether or not that was the point you intended to make, Shannon, it’s the point that needs to be made!) Thanks.

  2. Very interesting article, Susan. I was just reading an interesting study done by the Barna group and there was one particularly interesting paragraph: “Many Christians are more concerned with what they call unrighteousness than they are with self-righteousness. It’s a lot easier to point fingers at how the culture is immoral than it is to confront Christians in their comfortable spiritual patterns. Perhaps pastors and teachers might take another look at how and what they communicate. Do people somehow get the message that the ‘right action’ is more important than the ‘right attitude’? Do church leaders have a tendency to focus more on tangible results, like actions, because those are easier to see and measure than attitudes?” https://www.barna.org/barna-update/faith-spirituality/611-christians-more-like-jesus-or-pharisees#.UicjV8u9KSM

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