Sorry for not blogging for a while, I’ve been overwhelmed and need to sort out priorities… and this is definitely a top priority. I even thought of setting the alarm to get up earlier and blog, but I’m always telling others that God gives his beloved sleep- Psalms 127- so pray for me to figure out the balance.
This is a tough blog post. I did not like what the Holy Spirit had to say to me as I wrote it, so if you are not wanting all of God and all of his blessing and a real relationship with Him, then please don’t read any further.
What do I mean by Adam’s apple?
We all have our “apples”, things in our life that we cling to in order to establish who is the real boss of our life. We know Eve’s apple was that she wanted to “be like god” and decide for herself what was right and wrong and not have to consult God or, horrors, her husband.
But our goose wasn’t cooked until Adam also ate from the tree. If he had refused, God could have used him as a perfect man to redeem his wife and this earth.
So why did he eat? Did he also resent not being the judge of what was right and wrong? Well, he must have or he would have waited till evening and asked God whether it was OK or not to do what his wife asked. I think his “apple” was worrying what his wife would feel and think if he said, “No I won’t just follow your lead, I’m going to find out from God if you have done wrong or if I may join with you.”
What’s your “apple?”
Our daughters decided that if they had to wear dresses that this was such an evil thing it justified plotting our deaths by burning down the house, (Thank God they never figured out how). Justified finding boyfriends on the side, and stealing our car leaving the family abandoned far away from home so they could run off with the boyfriend> Justified taking and taking and taking our help and finances and time without a scrap of gratitude> Justified a life of excitement seeking, etc. etc. All because we were so evil as to ask them to dress modestly.
My wife gave them a tool by which to fight the ancient curse of the “Adam’s apple”. She said,
“ask the following question, “Is my authority asking me to do something that is wrong?” If so, refer to the appeal that Daniel used. If not, then as an act of worship to the God that has placed that authority in your life, go ahead and co-operate with enthusiasm.”
I struggle with the co-dependant “apple” of being willing to do anything for God except setting limits on others that would make them mad at me.
What’s your “Lord I’ll do anything but that, I’ll go anywhere except” apple? We all have bad genes from Adam and Eve and want to see ourselves as basically wanting to follow God, EXCEPT IN THIS ONE LITTLE THING.
The opposite is not you running around and trying to be strong enough to let go of or face the “apple”. It is saying , “I can’t. You can. So here goes!” and moving my body parts, scared out of my wits, to obey.
It is good to remember that BOTH God and the devil want to bring about the “apple” in your life. God wants it because He wants to be God and if ANYTHING is bigger than He is then that is your god. The devil wants it because you have promises to mess up if he brings it about.
It might not be that big a deal until you turn it into an “apple”. But then it becomes the only deal!
I know someone who refused to go to the front of the church to ask God to forgive him of his sins and to accept the finished work of Jesus as full payment. He wanted to be saved but pointed out that one may be saved in the woods, at home, in the car, etc. That was true before he said, I’ll get saved anywhere else. God will wait for him at the altar in front of the church till he lets go of the apple.
There is no use trying to do so many things for God that he will look the other way in this one little area.
With the rich young ruler, it was his possessions, with Demas it was the love of the world, with Annanias and Saphira it was wanting to look as committed as the rest without being as committed as they were. Other “apples” are pain, reputation, jobs, ridicule, relationships, excitement, substances, education, family, hobbies, sports, entertainment, internet. You get the idea.
We call Him LORD because it sounds nice, but He isn’t lord of anything till He is lord of everything.
“DEAR LORD PLEASE SHOW ME MY “APPLES” AND HELP ME TEAR DOWN ALL THE FALSE GODS OF MY LIFE AND LET YOU BE MY KING.