Each week, we will be sharing recaps of the weekend sermon. Enjoy!

Pastor Conway Edwards

Bible References: Genesis 3:1-6 and 1:28; 1 James 4:7; Luke 10:19; Hebrews 13:18; Matthew 18:20

God has provided us with free choice. He wants us to choose Him; choose to follow His commandments to have happy, productive, purposeful lives and relationships. Satan wants us divided from each other and from God. The enemy knows unity will keep him out. He uses every trick to keep us separated. He cheapens God’s priceless gifts to us. Satan studies our game plan and gives us what ultimately keeps us separated from God by feeding our pride, arrogance, and selfish desires, inciting chaos ensues. By dividing us Satan conquers. We have to remember behind everything visible and physical is something invisible and spiritual at work. We must choose to follow God in order to keep the “snake” out by:

1. Accepting God’s word as final authority in our lives. (Genesis 1:28) We must choose to submit to God; to be obedient to His authority and follow His will.

2. Accountability. (Hebrews 13:18; Matthew 18:20) In order to lead you first must be a good follower. Who are you following? Who have you given permission to speak into your life? Left to ourselves, we will be insensitive to our spouses and others. We need someone over us that can speak into our lives with wise counsel.

3. Access God’s Power in the Spirit. (Luke 10:19; James 4:7) Our personal power is inadequate to stop the snake. It is through God’s power and in His holy name that we are able to protect ourselves and remove the snake from our gardens.