• Israel Ekundayo

WHAT IS YOU FORBIDDEN FRUIT?

Text: Gen 2:15-16

Introduction

In tonight's study, we will look at the lesson from the fruit that God barred (forbidden) Adam and

Eve and what we can learn as individuals to know our line of boundaries in relation to God.


WHAT IS THE "FORBIDDEN FRUIT"?

The "Forbidden fruit" is defined as sin, transgression, rebellion against God's laid down

commands. Our love for God is expressed and evaluated in total obedience, 1 John 5:3, John

14:21. 1 John 3:8. 10.

The words "forbidden fruit" are not mentioned in the scriptures in respect of Adam and Eve's

disobedience when they ate the fruit in the midst of the garden. All narratives however point to the

instructions that they were barred (forbidden) from eating it. Gen 2:15-16.

Every sin is a "fruit" forbidden. Any sin that easily besets us becomes a forbidden fruit when we

are entangled or caught up in it, Heb 12:1.

Whatever God prohibits for us determines the line of boundaries we must never cross,

Deut 28:1. When we disobey and cross these line of boundaries, we have eaten the forbidden

fruit and consequences will follow, Deut 25:15.


WHAT IS YOUR FORBIDDEN FRUIT?

The general common word for the forbidden fruit is sin, 1 John 5:17. It is the transgression of

God's law, 1 John 3:4 and the judgment is all manner of deaths, physical, spiritual, moral etc

Ezek 18:20. Rom 6:23. 1 Chron 10:13. Prov 11:3.

It is however important that we all identify our black cross, dark spots:- that area of our lives when

we are weakest.

The bible warns us against failure to address our weaknesses; Pride: Prov 16: 17-19, Prov 11:2.

Jam 4:6, 1 Pet 5:5-6.

Adultery: Prov 6:23-29.

Greed: Gen 3:6. Greedy gains: Prov 1: 13-19, 15:27, 11:1, 1 Tim 6:5.

Covetousness: Luke 12:15, Mark 8:36, 1 Tim 6:5-11. Anger: Prov 22:24, 15:18, 29:22, Eccl 7:9.

Disobedience/Rebellion/idolatory/ witchcraft 1 Sam 15:23.

Loose tongue: Prov 12:18, 15:2, 4.

Apostacy: Luke 9:62, Prov 14:14, Luke 12:43.

Laziness and sloghtfulness: Prov 6: 4-11.

Temptation: James 1:12-14.

General wickedness: Prov 6:12-19.


Identify your forbidden fruit.

What is your own forbidden fruit?

Identify it while it is still in the midst of the garden. Seek not to pursue or be enticed to it.

Moses' forbidden fruit was his uncontrolled anger, Numb 20:10. David's forbidden fruit was his

uncontrolled lust, 2 Sam 11, Solomon's forbidden fruit was his strange women, 1 Kgs 11.

What is your forbidden fruit?

The bible warns us against failure to address our weaknesses; 1 Cor 10:12, Prov 29:1

God's admonition: Prov 6:20-23, Eccl 12:13, Gen 4:7.

God calls us to repentance but not everybody heeds. The consequences of not dealing with our

weaknesses, Prov 1:24-28.


Conclusion.

The harvest you reap reveals the seed you planted, Gal. 6:8: For he that sows to his flesh shall of

the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

God bless you.




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