When God created man, He prepared an ideal environment for Him to live, eat and execute his duties from – Garden of Eden. Here, the presence of God dwelt in great intensity. It was a place of delight, plenty and rest. For man to fulfill his God given responsibilities, he was supposed to stay in the garden. The Garden of Eden for us is a kind of world that separates us from the natural world. It is a place where we are allowed to have access to ‘godly world’ – an environment that is different from any other. Here, whatever we need is supplied and we are treated differently. It is a place where mankind is protected from anything that could cause ‘death’. It is a place full of real life – the life of God. It is also a place of fellowship – deep, unhindered, unbroken and continuous fellowship with God. Here man is in sync with his maker and at ‘rest’. He is perfected by His grace and made secure in His love.
Man, however, is the sole custodian (guard) of this kind of world meaning he is at liberty to allow and to hinder whatever he wills. The command of God is for you and me to guard it individually. This is our God given responsibility yet many of us have neglected it and have allowed the fellowship to break. Your performance, effectiveness and results in whatever you do will be influenced by this environment. Failure to guard it against the enemy and possible distractions will cause you to fail miserably in whatever you do. You cannot work outside this world and expect anything out of it, it cannot work.
God took the responsibility of planting trees of all kinds which were beautiful to look at and good to eat. In the middle of the garden were two trees – the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of life represents Christ from whom we can eat and be sustained for life. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is what the Lord had warned man against eating from because it will result to death. Man did not take this seriously and so out of deception, he went for what God had warned him about. He was thrown out and the garden was put under tight security. This means that he was unable to access the garden and still could not accomplish his God given assignment. For us it means that our stay in the ideal place will be determined by the kind of fruit we are going to eat. Every fruit naturally has a seed and the nature of every seed when sown is to produce one of its kind.
Being in Christ Jesus means that we have been restored back to our ideal places. Many of us are in there yet instead of eating from the tree of life we are busy eating from the forbidden tree. This is the reason why our lives are characterized by ‘death’ all through. This is spiritual in the sense that the fruits are our thoughts. The fact that we are in Christ Jesus does not mean we are off the hook but we have the power to decide what comes in and what should not come in. The enemy will still try to penetrate our thoughts and try to manipulate and corrupt them with an aim of deceiving us out of our ideal places. It is the oldest temptation that many even today have failed over and over again. Death was actually born out of a thought, not out of sickness or disease. The fruits of all the trees that God allowed man to consume would produce thoughts that were in the heart and mind of God. But the fruits of the tree forbidden by God would bring forth forbidden thoughts that are unacceptable to God which eventually lead to death.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->When we enter in the Garden and obey God, we will be transformed to become our authentic selves. It is the only place where you will know who you really are. You will discover your divine purpose and live to fulfill it.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Life outside the garden is full of struggling and toiling. Provision in abundance is only possible when you stay in the Garden.
To remain in the Garden:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Know the truth: Dig deeper into the word of God and discover the truth (the whole truth), half truth form false beliefs which are a doorway to deception.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Fear the Lord: Do away with familiarity and have the fear of the Lord in your heart. It is this familiarity that causes us to sin even while we know the consequences. Remember that familiarity breeds contempt.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Die to self: Do away with the desires of the flesh and seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Things of the world will not make sense to you if you are totally sold out to God.