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Our next practical lesson from Genesis is this:

6. SATAN LOVES TO ATTACK GOD'S WORD.
Genesis 3:1,4 - "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"'...Then the serpent said to the woman, 'You will not surely die.'"
The devil loves to create doubt about what God has said; he will flat out lie to us if he thinks we'll believe it. He has been a deceiver from the beginning of the history of mankind (cf. John 8:44). Friends, when you are tempted to cast aside applicable portions of God's word (for whatever reason), remember that the devil is up to his old tricks.

7. SATAN MAKES SIN LOOK SO GOOD, BUT IT LEADS TO DEATH.
Genesis 3:6 - "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..."
If it didn't look good, we wouldn't go for it! Sin promises so much--excitement, pleasure, fulfillment--but it never delivers these things for very long (cf. Heb. 11:25). Remember that just because sin looks good doesn't mean we should participate. We don't want to follow the path it leads to (cf. Rom. 6:23).

8. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR US, EVEN WHEN WE MESS UP.
Genesis 3:15 - "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."
Even before Adam & Eve sinned, God had a plan (cf. Rev. 13:8). He started revealing the scheme of redemption immediately after they sinned. They were punished, but God still had a plan for them and all their descendents to come. That plan was culminated in the Messiah--Jesus Christ--the One who crushed Satan's head.

Even when you mess up big-time like Adam & Eve did, come back to the Lord remembering He has a plan for you, too.

9. CHILDREN ARE FROM THE LORD.
Genesis 4:1 - "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, 'I have acquired a man from the LORD.'"
Children are born pure and they are little angels, so to speak. As they age, however, it becomes easy to forget that they are God-given (cf. Psa. 127:3), for it seems that as their legs get longer their "wings" get shorter (if you know what I mean). Nevertheless, may we always treat them as gifts from the Almighty, for we are only stewards of them for a short span of years. Then these great blessings will grow up, move out, and establish their own homes. Those who would abuse or abort these priceless gifts incur God's wrath (cf. Prov. 6:16,17).

10. GOD HAS NEVER ACCEPTED JUST ANY TYPE OF WORSHIP OFFERED TO HIM.
Genesis 4:4,5 - "Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell."
There has always been a right way and a wrong way to worship God. Just because the worship you offer pleases you does not mean it will please God. Instructions were given to these men, but Cain chose to do things his own way (cf. Heb. 11:4; Rom. 10:17). We need to remember this truth when we are tempted to bring innovation into the pattern of Christian worship the New Testament reveals for us. Having it your own way may be acceptable in a fast-food restaurant when you want a burger, but it's not okay when your aim is to worship the Almighty. Today, God requires worship that is both sincere and in harmony with the New Covenant (cf. John 4:24).