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LESSON 3: MANS’S SEARCH FOR REST

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH

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CENTRAL TRUTH: LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST IS A LIFE FULL OF CRISIS.


CENTRAL TEXT: GENESIS 3:1-24(THE STORY OF ADAM & EVE)

MAIN MESSAGE:
1.      God has made an offer of life. He has set before us life and death and has advised us to choose life.
Deuteronomy 30:15,19
See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live:
2.      In the garden of Eden, there were only two trees in the midst of the garden; the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9).
a.      There are only two forces at the center of life: Good and Evil. We can trace them down and see many of their descendants as follows: Love and Hatred, peace and Chaos, Health and Sickness, Light and Darkness, Hope and Despair, etc.
b.      The tree of life is a symbol of life in the spirit and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is a symbol of life outside the spirit
3.      THE OFFER:
God gave Adam and Eve the permission to choose which of the trees he would eat.
One of the most awesome gifts of God to man is the power of choice. He doesn’t interfere with our choices. In fact, he respects even our choice to go to hell. Man, has both the right of choice and the power of choice.
4.      THE TWO TREES
The two trees represent two ways: the way of Life and the way of Death. God offers the way of life and satan offers the way of death.
i)                    One stands for life in the Spirit, the other stands for life outside God.
ii)                  Life in the spirit is a life of peace, hope and blessed assurance. The Hebrew word that is translated ‘Life’ in the ‘tree of life’ is CHAY and it means; Beauty, peace, health, freedom, vigour, fruitfulness, prosperity.
iii)                Life outside God is death. Satan can never offer good.
Romans 8:6
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
5.      THE INVITATION       
Satan came to the first couple to convince them to choose the way of death. But do you think he came with naked death? I bet he is smarter than that. He came with a b-e-a-utiful package.
John 10:10
The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Note: Even if satan comes with a truckload of gold and silver, his main intention is to steal, kill and destroy.
                                      SATAN’S PACKAGE
                 CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE OUTSIDE THE SPIRIT
a.      Genesis 3:6: “It was good for food”:
1.      It holds a false promise of satisfaction.
Life outside the spirit doesn’t really satisfy. There is a spot in your heart only God can fill.
One law of creation is that ‘anything that gets disconnected from its source must die.
2.      Plants came from the earth so when they are removed from the earth they MUST die. Fish came from water so when they are removed from water, they MUST die.
  1. You can never fill the void in your life with anything apart from God
Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-11
Nothing in the world can fill the place of God in our lives. Now man is in a pitiful state. Like fish out of water, gasping for air.
We are looking for something, something that really satisfies. We are in search for meaning or significance. This search is responsible for all the corruption, violence and perversion in our society.
b.      Genesis 3:6: “It was pleasant to the eyes”
It holds a false promise of attractiveness.
Satan always makes the way of death look so attractive. Decked with roses.
Question: Have you ever seen an advert on T.V which tells you, ‘Hi we are selling the most beautiful lung cancer, I tell you this lung cancer will bring out the London in you’?
ANSWER: No! They always use the most attractive people and the most b-e-a-utiful cars.
1.      If you were given a sweet poison, would you eat it?
2.      The way of death has got nothing good to offer.
c.       Genesis 3:6: “…And a tree to be desired to make one wise”
It holds a false promise of Wisdom.
There is a way that seems right unto man but the end of it is death.
Those who are on the way of death think they are wiser than those on the way of life. They think they are civilized but real wisdom has eluded them, take a look at the so called civilized countries.
1.                  The fear of God is real wisdom. We go to school and educate our minds but we don’t educate our spirits. People have the knowledge to manage great businesses but they can’t acquire self-control, they cannot stay faithful to one wife.
2.                  We strive to achieve peace in our communities but we are not at peace with ourselves. We recite creeds and invent code of ethics but we are still not wise.
d.      Genesis 3:5: “…And you shall be as gods”
It holds a false promise of freedom.
The way of death is broad. There are no restrictions. It is a life of loose living. No permanent principles. Everything goes.
Saying: If you don’t stand for anything, you will fall for everything.
i)                    Man, is in a pitiful state now. Man, is now controlled by leaves; cocaine, heroin etc. God gave us dominion over them but they are now controlling us.
ii)                  We think we are free, but we are slaves. We are slaves to all sorts of addiction.
2 Peter 2:19
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.
                                THE FRUITS OF LIFE OUTSIDE GOD
i)                    Nakedness: As soon as they ate the fruit, they became naked. Naked means they were unprotected. Those in the world are opened to satan’s attacks.
ii)                  Confusion: Read Romans 1:21-31
iii)        Fig Leaves: Man, tried to cover himself with fig leaves. The fig leaves didn’t have life in them because they had also been separated from their source.
The fig leaves wouldn’t last. Check 1John 2:15-17, 1Corinthians 7:31
Examples of fig leaves in life:
i)                    beauty
ii)                  money
iii)                Fashion
iv)                Pleasure
v)                  Status, position, title
-All these things are fleeting. They don’t last.
– True life is not in the abundance of the things one has.
-Your clothes, titles, riches, beauty and status in life are not what makes you who you are.
GOD’S SOLUTION
a.      Genesis 3:21- coats of skin.
God killed an animal and used its skin to cover man. God was thus establishing a principle that it is only his solution that will really solve man’s problems. You might have suffered abuse at the hands of a male figure and have covered it with lesbianism. You might have a deep feeling of hatred for yourself or inferiority and have covered it with violence. You might have a deep seated sense of shame and have covered it with drugs and alcohol. God knows what you really are and he still loves you. He saw the filth in Adam but didn’t condemn him. He clothed him. He wants to clothe you. He wants to give you a hope in life. Don’t kill yourself. Don’t give up. Come to him. He will make something b-e-a-utiful out of your life if you give him the chance.
1John 5:11
And this is the witness, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that has the son has life; and he that has not the son of God has not life.
Dear Friend, Thank God our search for life has finally yielded results. Jesus Christ is God’s own solution to out needs, fears, worries and sins. Come to him and he will embrace you.

Remember:  YOU ARE NOT SAFE UNTIL YOU ARE SAVED.

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