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Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:1~5)
How Does Change Come About?
The Bible speaks about change. Simon Peter changed upon meeting Jesus at the Sea of Galilee. People would no longer see Peter at the seaside after that day. Matthew, the publican, was no longer at the tax office, and the man with an infirmity for 38 years was no longer at the poolside of Bethesda after having met Jesus. Change came upon those who met Jesus. But how does change come about in our lives? This is what the Bible speaks to us about. People think that they must know much about the Bible to live their spiritual life well. But in reality, that is not the case. Our doing well is not spiritual life. Because we cannot do it ourselves, God doing it for us is spiritual life. How is spiritual life accomplished? Spiritual life begins where our hearts are different from the heart of God. For example, when Jesus was turning water into wine in John chapter 2, He said, “Fill the water pots with water.” When the servants there filled the water pots to the brim, He said, “Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast.” Jesus was saying it was wine. But it was water, not wine, in the eyes of the servants. “Go serve the wine.” “Jesus, this is water.” We can see that there is a difference in thought between Jesus and the servants. The biggest problem in our lives is the difference in thought between us and God. Because our thoughts are different from God’s, our purpose and lives differ. That is why thoughts that differ from God’s must be moved back to God’s side. But people do not do this, but try to do good deeds within the state of having thoughts different from God’s. Jesus once said to a paralytic, “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Right then the scribes said, “Blasphemy! Who can forgive sin but God only?” Jesus’ thoughts and those of the scribes were different. That is why spiritual life is discovering the heart of God within the Word and uniting my heart with the heart of God. Then change arises, and the power of God appears. It was clearly water in the thoughts of the servants at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. But if they changed their hearts to the heart of Jesus and believed it was wine, when Jesus told them to serve it, there would be no problem for them to serve the water. This is when the works of God begin to arise.
The Heart Connected with the Devil Should Be Changed . . .
When we read the Bible closely, we see that all problems begin from our hearts being different from the heart of God. God said that He would punish the world with water at the time of Noah, but the people at the time thought, “What punishment? It’s probably not going to happen,” in their hearts. That is why they did not prepare the ark. It was not that people were committing murder, adultery, and theft that God destroyed the people at the time of Noah’s flood. God wanted to destroy those who had a different heart from His heart. God only destroys the heart that is different from God’s, and nothing else. Therefore, we must unite with the heart of God. We need to receive the heart of God for us to unite with the heart of God, but Satan deceives us to keep us from doing so. He makes us zealously try to keep the law, pray, and be loyal to God. Satan deceives us into thinking that doing so will bless us and he leads people in this direction. The start of this is shown in Genesis chapter 3. After making the garden of Eden and having Adam and Eve live there, God said to Adam, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Such was the heart of God. But Eve listened to the serpent’s words which were different from the heart of God. The serpent sai