January 4
Genesis 3:1-6

The first sin

The serpent was the most cunning of the creatures that God had made. One day, the serpent came to the woman God had given to Adam and asked, “Has God really said you are not allowed to eat from any tree in the garden?”

The woman quickly pointed out that there was only one tree from which they were not allowed to eat. If they did, they would die.

“That’s not true!” the serpent replied. “You will not die if you eat of it. God doesn’t want you to take from it because then you will also know everything.”

When the woman saw how good the fruit looked, and thought it would make her wise, she took some of the fruit and ate it, and gave some to Adam to eat.

What is the difference between temptation and sin?

While the serpent was speaking to the woman, he was tempting her to do what God told them not to do. Temptations usually come through our senses, especially what we see and hear. The devil uses our senses to put bad thoughts in our minds and bad desires in our hearts. While we are being temped, we have not done wrong. The temptation is not sin! However, temptation can lead to sin when we actually do what the devil is tempting us to do.

The woman was close enough to the tree to see how beautiful it was. Remember that it is best to stay far away from places you could be tempted more easily.

Verse for today

But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin… James 1:14-15