A teaching by Rev. Barbara Williams, President of the Ministry of the Watchman International

Week of February 15-19, 2021

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Genesis 2:7-8

God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and gave him life with His breath. What an awesome sight! This same sight is repeated each time a baby is born. They come into the world from the womb breathless…. and then the breath of life comes and they become a living soul in the same way that Adam was formed. God made total provision for the man and the woman by planting a garden for them. This tailor made life was their inheritance and birthright. They were granted title deed to the earth with all its provision and treasures.

If you are in need of healing, there is good news! Proverbs 4:20-22 SAYS:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

So there is life and health in God’s word. Since God’s word is medicine, we must take it like we would a prescription. I suggest three times a day, like you would your food. Remember, healing is the children’s bread. Consider this your “dose” for today. Remember, read, and meditate three times a day the following:

Rx: Isaiah 58:8 ~ Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

If you’ve never studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we invite you to join us as we read through the Bible in a year. Read and meditate on these chapters this week:

February 15: Genesis 48, Luke 1:39-80, Job 14, 1 Corinthians 2
February 16: Genesis 49, Luke 2, Job 15, 1 Corinthians 3
February 17: Genesis 50, Luke 3, Job 16-17, 1 Corinthians 4
February 18: Exodus 1, Luke 4, Job 18, 1 Corinthians 5
February 19: Exodus 2, Luke 5, Job 19, 1 Corinthians 6
February 20: Exodus 3, Luke 6, Job 20, 1 Corinthians 7
February 21: Exodus 4, Luke 7, Job 21, 1 Corinthians 8

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Genesis 3:1-3

The woman who has been given to the man as his wife and helper is questioned by the serpent and is deceived into questioning God’s character. In an attempt to prove to the devil that she is telling the truth, she disobeys God.

Don’t laugh. This tactic still works on many a person. How many of us have accepted a dare and stepped out of obedience to God? Unbelievers will question if we have to do certain things like attend services regularly, tithe, give to the poor, etc. And in an attempt to seem in control we will accept the dare and disobey God. This is how deception works.

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Genesis 3:2-5

The woman continues her discussion with the serpent and becomes entangled in her own thoughts. She is convinced now that what was evil is now good, and good evil.

This is the nature of iniquity. Perverse thoughts can be transferred by words. All words are spoken thoughts. When the woman is challenged that she is not like God, somehow, she sets out to prove it. In obeying the serpent, she demonstrates that she has already fallen in her self-image. In an attempt to retrieve it, she enters into disobedience.

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Genesis 3:6-7

She looks at the tree now through the eyes of darkness and deception and believes that the fruit will make her wise. She is looking to retrieve an inner quality that she believes she has lost. She believes that she is not like God any more and in seeking to get it back, sins.

This is the first act of religion. She and the man create their own relationship with God instead of allowing God to define the relationship. The birthright is given away by trick, and the man and woman are then banished from the garden, but are allowed to remain on the earth.

So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15

The promise of redemption and restoration comes as God tells them of a time in the future where the seed of the woman will bruise the serpent’s head and the birthright will be restored.

That Seed is Jesus, and the new birth that He offers actually restores us to full rights and privileges of son ship. God finds us and adopts us as His very own, and we enter into fellowship with Him once again.

This birthright entitles us to enter into the presence of God any time we desire. We have the same relationship with God that Adam lost, only better this time. This time we are overcomers!