There are many barriers that prevent us from worshiping God: pride, grudges, demonic influence, sin, an unforgiving heart, unconfessed transgressions, and disobedience to name a few. In this message I’m going to focus on the barrier of disobedience. Why disobedience? Because disobedience caused the fall of man and God banished him from the Garden of Eden.
Go with me to the Book of Genesis Chapter 3 beginning with verse 1, and let’s read to verse 13.
1″ The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden? 2 Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, the woman replied. 3 It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die. 4 You won’t die! the serpent replied to the woman. 5 God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil. 6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. 8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, Where are you? 10 He replied, I heard You walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked. 11 Who told you that you were naked? the Lord God asked. Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat? 12 The man replied, It was the woman You gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it. 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, What have you done? The serpent deceived me, she replied. That’s why I ate it.”
In this story we discover deception, temptation, and doubt; all of which leads to disobedience! Satan used deception in the way that he posed the question to the woman to get her to doubt what God has told her. Disobedience brought about the curse on the Earth for man to have to work for a living to put food on the table. But most importantly, this same disobedience became a barrier to worshiping God. The Lord God first commanded the man Adam in verse 16 Chapter 2 not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, before Eve was ever formed from the rib of the man. We find that the woman was made in verse 22.
In Chapter 3 verses 2-3 we find that the woman has been told of the same command that God gave Adam, and because of the deception by Satan they disobeyed the command of God, and because of their disobedience their eyes became open. So you can see now how easily it is for you to be deceived by Satan if you don’t obey the commands and instructions of God. It is a command of the King to live by God’s word if you are to live in the Kingdom of God. Adam and Eve knew right from wrong, but chose to follow their flesh. Let’s see if I can help you to open your eyes to the word of God, so that disobedience does not become a barrier to prevent you from worshiping the Lord our God.
Disobedience is a sin, and all sin fall into one of three categories: lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, and the pride of life. These categories can be found in just one verse, let’s look at Genesis Chapter 3 verse 6.
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
Lust of eye – she saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious
Lust of flesh – she wanted the wisdom it would give her
Pride of life – she took (possession) some of the fruit and ate it
Verse 7 – and at that moment their eyes became opened
Okay – let’s open our eyes even more, and see this as it affects us today. Turn over to 1 John Chapter 2 verse 15-17.
15 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
Our daily choices are affected by these three categories:
Physical pleasure – lust of the flesh
Everything we see – lust of eye
Pride in our achievements and possessions – pride of life
Have your eyes opened to see the effects that disobedience can bring upon your life, and how this is a major barrier in your worship with God. The last line in verse 17 says: “But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” Adam and Eve were created to live forever, and to never have to work, but disobedience brought about death and curses in their lives. How about your life? Have you been having a rough time trying to make ends meet? Are you living from paycheck to paycheck? Do you have to work two or more jobs to keep food on the table, and a roof over your head? God spoke these words to Adam that say’s…because of his disobedience the ground is cursed and by his sweat he would struggle to scratch a living from it.
Is this you? Then why are you being disobedient to God? The word of God is the light to your life. It guides you, it protects you, it will even feed you! If Adam and Eve would have listened (obeyed) the commands of God, they would not have been banished from the Garden of Eden, and not have had to worry about life, and the things in it!
God wants to provide for you just as He wanted to provide for Adam and Eve. Come back into the graces of God, and let Him provide the resources for you to live. We must have faith to please God, and believe Him, and be obedient to every word of the bible.
The bible tells us in the Book of John chapter 1 verses 1-4 that:
1 “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.”
You were created by the word – the word is Jesus, and every time you pick up the bible you pick up Jesus!
Let’s jump down to verse 14, it reads: “So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
Come from under the curse of Adam, and stop being disobedient to God. STOP BEING DISOBEDIENT – yes I’m talking to you! Open your eyes and your heart to know that God and God alone is your provider, and the keeper of your soul.