Pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, a baptist church in Jessup, MD. B.A. in Bible, B.S. English Ed., M.S. in Educational Leadership.
And I will put hostility
between you and between the woman,
and between your offspring and between her offspring;
he will strike you on the head,
and you will strike him on the heel.”
— Genesis 3:15, LEB
Having confronted the man, the woman, and the serpent for thier rebellious, God began passing sentence on them, and He started by assuring the serpent the damage it had caused would be undone by Him, and that it would be crushed.
To the serpent, these were words of sure condemnation and judgment; but to the man and the woman, these were words of hope. Although they had made the wrong choice and thereby brought upon themselves and the rest of humanity dreadful consequences, God was giving them hope.
From the rest of the Bible, we know that the offspring of the woman who would defeat the serpent is God's own Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ (Messiah).
Think about this for a moment: God had a solution for the gratest mess-up, the greatest mistake and transgression ever committed by a human: deliberately choosing to rebel against God when God had obviously blessed them in a way no one of us has ever been blessed—and not only did they mess up things for themselves, they also messed things up for all of us!
Therefore, regardless of great the mistakes you have made and the repercussions you have incurred are, God is always able to help us and give you hope.
- How does your conscience feel?
- What was your mistake, wrong choice, or sin?
- Did you know that, if we sincerely repent AND believe in Jesus, God alaways forgives us when we ask Him to forgive us?
- Did you know that, even if God allows you to suffer the consequences of your mistakes on this Earth, He still does forgive you and give you eternal life?
[Use this sample prayer as a starting-point to develop your own prayer.]
Lord, our Father, I made a mistake (this specific mistake...), and now I'm suffering the consequeces of my mistake. I made the wrong choice (this specific choice...), and I am afraid of the consequeces of my choice. I sinned against you (this specific sin...), and I am afraid of the consequences for my sin.
I confess to you my mistake, my wrong choice, and my sin. I agree with you that I was wrong, I confess to you that I was wrong, and I ask you first that you forgive me—not because I deserve it, but becase you are good, merciful, and gracious.
I pray, spare me the consequences, the shame, and the pain—but even if I must face these, I thank you because you forgive.
Thank-you for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, to die pay for my sins (and the sins of all humanity), to rise from the dead, and to grant forgiveness and eternal life to all who call on your name.
I commit myself to your grace and your care. Amen.
Don't forget to memorize this verse. Read it aloud to yourself, then copy the first letter of each word in the verse on an index card, notebook, or post-it note. The way this works is that, next time you want to recall the verse, looking at the letters will provide you a hint that will help you remember the verse, although you won’t actually be reading the verse. Don’t forget to review other verses you previously memorized. Here’s the first letter of each word in today’s verse(s).
AIWPHBYABTW, ABYOABHO; HWSYOTH, AYWSHOTH (Gen. 3:15)
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