KEY SCRIPTURES: Genesis 2:16-17 & Genesis 3:6
Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Some say the fruit was an apple, others a pomegranate, and others still, a vine for wine that blemished the decisions of Noah and Lot.
Why wasn’t the fruit a coconut? Many think it should have been.
Why are coconut?
Because the fruit wouldn't have been so enticing and penetrable, and Adam and Eve wouldn't have so easily sinned. With the fruit being more attractive than a coconut, it was clearly God's fault for designing, making and placing such a desirable temptation in such an attainable place.
Hence, the coconut is the argument of all who blame God for their lack of determination to overcome—to know how to refuse the evil and choose the good.
God gave us obtainable fruit to allow us to exercise our free will. We love the concept of free will and employ it like masters in many areas of life. And yet, to overcome sins and faults, we prefer to act like servants blaming our master for making us weak humans and sin so alluring.
Faltering at the Cross is the coconut syndrome. We have not considered the total cost, nor are we prepared to give our all to finish the building. We stop short and want our Lord to finish it. No, our free will must go all the way to the Cross and beyond.
Free will is all we need to gain the victories. We only use a small amount of our brain power, and so it is with our will. Our armour, which is put on through free will, incorporates a big sword of the Spirit. Do we wield that with might and power, or have we let it become so heavy we can't lift it? Are we so down we cannot even keep on the Helmet of Salvation? Do we ditch it to be reigned by someone else today?
Free will is a wonderful attribute. With it, we choose to reject the stealing, killing and destroying of Satan and accept the abundant life of a believing overcomer. But living an abundant life brings a lot of freedom, so it calls for abundant accountability.
The Cross is actually a crossroad where some turn to the left or right and cease from going on.
Many of us have fallen for the coconut syndrome at some stage in our lives, and thankfully we've woken from our selfishness. There is still work to do, so let's pick up our free will and exercise it till habits form, and throw the coconut in the bin.
Dear Lord, I have fallen for the coconut syndrome so many times, it seems like it's all I've ever done. Thank you for my overcomings, but please help me with the rest of my walk in Jesus' name.
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