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Stay Woke or get Played!

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe๐Ÿ’ƒ
Up and About and Round they go๐Ÿ’ƒ
Yappity yap they have a go๐Ÿ’ƒ
At the tree they were told to let go๐Ÿ’ƒ
Now they have no place to go๐Ÿ’ƒ
 Eeny, meeny, miny, moe!๐Ÿ’ƒ
          Honey, I can rhyme! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Say whaaat? I'm already thinking about launching my rap career because I changed the words of a nursery rhyme๐Ÿ˜„. I could go platinum with this ( Bigger than Cardi B๐Ÿ™Š ). Maybe I overthink everything(Which I do๐Ÿ˜).  Back to earth now. So Up and about Adam and Eve go. Naked. Un-ashamed. Just flaunting what God gave them and since they didn't have any human friends they probably had this dance parties with the wild animals๐Ÿ’ƒ. Some really wild parties (Don't let this pun pass you by๐Ÿ˜‰). Don't ask me about the music๐Ÿ˜„. If you've watched Penguins of Madagascar, then the parties King Julian has are the only thing that comes to mind๐Ÿ˜ง. Who gives King Julian references and quotes nursery rhymes on a deep post?๐Ÿ˜ฆ (Only you weirdo...not you reading this..me writing this..confused much?...I'm sorry๐Ÿ˜†)

PS: When I tell Bible stories, I do it with imagination๐Ÿ˜. I place myself on the scene and imagine how it was said or could be said in this day and age. Being a millennial is quite something. Genesis 3.
Serpent's grand opening for Eve: "Heeeey gurl heey!๐Ÿ™‹ How you doing beautiful?๐Ÿ˜‰ So I was wondering...Did God like really tell you not to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden?๐Ÿ˜’ You know, like are you sure?๐Ÿ˜‰"
Eve: (giving the side eye) "Yaaas!๐Ÿ˜’ We may eat all these fruits except the the tree in the middle of it. No touching too otherwise we die if we do๐Ÿ˜ง." (Insert slay queen accent). 
Serpent: "Honey, I'm not so sure about that because that ain't true.๐Ÿ˜Š God knows when you eat it, y'all will be like Him and know what is good and bad๐Ÿ™Š. Just try it baby girl. What's the worst that could happen? You ain't got nothing to lose.๐Ÿ˜‰" 
Eve then goes into thinking mode:..."Oh m gee! That tree is like so totally adorable and beautiful๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜. That snake is kinda right. He ugly but he right. I do want the wisdom๐Ÿ™Š..." 
"Adam honey, I ate the forbidden fruit and God was lying to us๐Ÿ˜’. Its so sweet๐Ÿ˜. Try it. Just a bite...."
There's no record of Adam hesitating to eat the fruit. The serpent is also not in sight now. So at this point of the story this couple is now digesting the fruit and suddenly (insert the cool soundtracks of wakanda๐Ÿ˜‚)....
Adam: "Uuuurm babe what just happened?๐Ÿ˜“ I feel different and oh my goodness why are you naked?๐Ÿ˜ฑ..." 
Eve: "Don't give me that! you're naked as well!๐Ÿ˜’ Instead of arguing let's sew fig leaves together and cover ourselves...."
In the evening when God was walking in the garden, these two were busy looking for a place to hide. They clearly invented brikicho banture๐Ÿ˜‚(Hide and seek game), 
God: "Guuuuys! Where are you?" (you gotta say it like they say it in the movies๐Ÿ˜ƒ) 
Adam: "I heard you and I was afraid so I hid because I was naked.๐Ÿ˜•"
God: "So who told you you were naked?๐Ÿ˜’ Did you eat the fruit I forbade you to eat?๐Ÿ˜Ÿ"
Adam: "Her.๐Ÿ˜ This woman you put here with me gave me the fruit๐Ÿ˜’ You know it ain't my fault."
God: "Evey honey, why did you do that?๐Ÿ˜ž"
Eve: "Not me master๐Ÿ˜ฒ. The serpent made me do it. Not my fault either๐Ÿ˜–."

WHY YOU'VE GOT TO STAY WOKE BELOVED
         Staying woke is a slang phrase that means be well informed and up-to-date. It's very millenial-ish and I love it! Why do we gotta stay woke fam? Because the bible says so!

1 Peter 5:8, "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."
         Satan is the oldest salesman. His first bargain was in the garden of Eden. His speech was well rehearsed and he did not mince his words. This deal was his evil plan to ruin God's good plan for mankind so he couldn't afford to fail his first assignment for his kingdom depended on it. Why I'm I talking about Satan? We go into battle as Christians not knowing exactly what we're up against. We take our assignments lightly because our physical eyes cannot see what we're fighting against. We must therefore stay woke and be alert for the enemy is watching us to strategize his next move. If you thought he is lazy in his plans for battle, He is not! 

Ephesians 6:11 "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.'' 

          We have no excuse to remain ignorant and cast a blind eye where we should clearly shed the light and truth of God upon. We in the Kingdom need to remain cautious, purposeful and have strong-willed action. We're not fighting against flesh and blood kingdom warriors. The Kingdom suffers violence from wicked forces in the heavenly world, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age but we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe (Ephesians 6:12 & Hebrews 12:28)

           According to Collins Dictionary, A Strategy is described as an art of planning the best way to gain an advantage or achieve success especially in war. Behind every war and every battle and every attack lies a strategist, the mastermind of the ultimate plan of attack. In our case, this strategist is Satan. He is our enemy, our adversary…the one who wants to take us out (BibleStudyTools.com) The Bible has so many verses concerning the schemes of the enemy but I will write on two of the original ones at the garden of Eden. 



1. Deception: He discredits God's word and goodness

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

          Satan thrives on twisting the word of God and making us see it from a perspective of lies. Where there is a lie, there is no hope. Hope cannot thrive in a web of lies. Only the enemy does. He is not directionless so he will use what you know against you. A good strategist uses your weakness against you. He is not in the business of creating new ones when he knows what your Achilles heel is. He knew that Eve knew what God had said and he used the same word to make it seem like God was lying. Honey, you could know the word of God by heart but if you truly don't understand it and stand on it, the devil will use it against you. 

Matthew 13:19- "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road." 


He knows scripture too. He can quote scripture too and He knows you read it too. What will stop Him from using the same word against you if He did before in the wilderness with Jesus? 
Matthew 4:6 "If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, 'He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.'' 

          That was him quoting psalms 91:11&12 all the while prompting Jesus to put God the Father to test so that he would confirm that God indeed does what He says He will do. What kind of foolish mind game has Satan been playing on you? As you now have seen, it all boils down to him getting you to the point of un-belief. When you're at the verge of doubting God and when you're wondering if the word of God is true. Because un-belief makes you doubt the goodness of God. 

         We don't just wake up one day and harbor panic attacks, anxiety and un-belief. It's a mind process that builds up until we find ourselves stuck in the rut of un-belief. Don't beat yourself up if you've found yourself at this stage. The beauty about our sharing of the word is that we edify each other so chin up and smile for Jesus is about to turn your doubt into delight. I urge you to go back to your secret place with Jesus and be honest about your un-belief and have a conversation with Him. Then backle-up Champ for the enemy is alert and waiting to play mind games on you yet again. Your Weapon? The word of God as the Sword of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17)


2. Temptation: He makes you the center of attention and gets the focus off of God 
 Genesis 3:4-5- "That's not true; you will not die. God said that because he knows that when you  eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and bad."

The enemy shifted the focus back to Eve and made her believe that she was the one missing out on God's wisdom. He first discredited what God said then moved Him away from the picture. So it stopped being about what God had said but what Eve would gain from disobedience. You know what happens when God is out of the picture? Pride creeps in and it puts us in competition with God for the center-stage spot. Eve went from un-belief to pride in a split second. See how the enemy's strategy worked real fast when he capitalized on her weakness? 


Genesis 3:6- "The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too." 

          Our beautiful Evey Eve was curious much. She wanted to play at the same level as God and she didn't care if it was an act of disobedience or not. Dare I say she lusted for the fruit and it looked just too freaking good to pass by and finally she ate it. In a way she was also, demeaning God's authority because it seemed to her that God wasn't capable enough to provide wisdom for her so she had to take the bull by the horns and get it herself. That my folks is the onset of pride. When our hearts and mind collaborate to self satisfy at the expense of our relationship with God. It is the feeling that one has that they are better or more important than others. But remember who planted the seeds of un-belief and lies first? It was the cunning serpent. He does the same thing with us today. 


          I pray that your eyes will be open to this truth that our real enemy is the devil. He is the adversary. He uses our mistakes against us to keep us in the bondage of sin. He keeps us in cycles of dysfunction if we give him the chance. The truth is paramount in this war against principalities and rulers in the supernatural realm. You know I love you, right? But God is way crazy about you and He wants you and I to live in complete freedom and functionality. May God open your spiritual eyes and your spirit to embrace and understand the things about the kingdom of heaven because that is your home. I pray Jesus for you my champion. Remember to let your light shine so brightly for the world to see. Group Hug!๐Ÿ’ž STAY WOKE. DON'T GET PLAYED๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

2 Corinthians 4:4, "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God." 

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