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Did God Really Say...?
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Genesis 3:1-3

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

Do you recall hearing the story of a pastor who was assigned to a new church? He had only been there a few weeks when he decided to move the piano from one side of the church to the other.

The following Sunday as people gathered, they were in shock! “Why was the piano moved—by whom—and by what authority?” The pastor explained that he was the guilty party and had done so to improve access to the platform. The incident created such a stir that the pastor was asked to resign.

About a year later this pastor was traveling through the area and stopped by to visit with the new pastor who was a friend of his. He was shocked to notice that the piano had been moved to the exact location he had moved it that started the fuss.

In utter amazement he asked his replacement how he had been able to carry off the coup. The wise, older pastor just smiled and stroked his chin and replied with a sly grin; “A few inches a week!”

There are harmless things such as this that may be laughed at, but the tragedy is that all too often we are confronted with situations that should never be compromised. God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and forever.

There is no justification for individuals, church assemblies or political groups to compromise with the absolutes of the Word of God. God does not change and His Word is our sure foundation.

Compromise is a dangerous concept when we are dealing with spiritual truths. Consider two aspects of the definition of the word: (1) To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute. (2) Settlement of a disagreement in which each side agrees to give up part of its demands.

Read those two definitions once again. Can you even imagine that God would ever be pleased for us to violate His inerrant Word and thus expose ourselves to liable, suspicion or disrepute? Nor do I!

What happened in the Garden of Eden? Satan incited Adam and Eve to make a compromise with God’s command. He convinced them that God was not to be trusted and that they could make their own decisions about what was right and wrong.

Satan wanted to be like God and his strategy has always been to put within the heart of fallen mankind the same desire. The next time you are tempted to make a compromise with God’s absolutes, you can rest assured that it is the enemy’s work.

1 Corinthians 15:58; “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

--- Pastor Cecil


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