Being Truthful can hurt. It really does for all of us. You’re annoying. You’re stupid. You’re dumb. I think for many of us we can believe our own thoughts and feelings, and how other people evaluate us than we do ourselves. That’s where the Word of God steps in and says the truth and distorts the lies. It’s the Devil’s oldest trick in the book going back all the way to the fall.
1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
I think many times when we sin an fall short we believe the following:
- God does not love us
- God does not want us
- God cannot forgive us
After Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge, when God entered and they hid. Continuing in Genesis 3:
8Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LordGod among the trees of the garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Not only that we think our relationship with him is broken and fractured, never to be repaired. Then the guilt and shame sets in and it’s so unbearable that we can’t live with it anymore. Adam and Eve couldn’t bear to come forth to God. Their sin and rebellion lead to a broken relationship and the Human race for that matter with God. The enemies game is to get us unfocused off the ball. He doesn’t want us to come to Jesus with our problems or with our worries. When the serpent distracted Eve it set her eye off God and questioning everything she believed in. Sin has the same affect on us. Surely God can’t be that good to us to forgive!!!! So much of that is happening in the church today. Christians are getting their eyes off the ball and instead looking at their sin instead to Jesus. Your guilt and shame was nailed on the cross along with all your sins-past, present, and future the moment you accepted Christ as your savior.
Not only that the serpent lied to her saying she would be like God!!! The promise and allure of power and vanity to be like God is what tripped her to fall. Whatever you’re going through today ask for God’s forgiveness and don’t be so turned on by the serpent. Not only that, we need to turn to the Word of God and the Holy Spirit for instruction not ourselves. What amazes me is the thousands of people that commit suicide each day, and year. Is their situation so hopeless that they couldn’t ask God for help or turn to him? Why believe the lies of the Devil for so long instead of what God says about us and to believe in his Perfect Will and Plan? The church can get focused off the ball and become like the world- gossip, greed, sexual immorality, and a host of others. The enemy does not want us to succeed but God does. I wonder how many times Satan has to lie to us in order for the Church to finally get it. Stop listening to the Devil over your shoulder and get into God’s Word and Pray. It’s easier to believe a lie because we can think of God has some Righteous judgmental vengeful God and he is. God is Holy. Heaven is Holy and is his dwelling place. There is no sin there, and flesh and sin cannot enter his presence. We need to have a reverent fear of him. But scripture talks about how he loves those greatly that are His, and although we need to fear God we also need to know that God loves us, and that it’s not a lie what the Bible says and that the same promises that are in his Word are also intended for you. Start believing the best of what God says about you, and don’t get off track. Instead of saying, what you think of yourself or how others evaluate you, starting saying, “But my Father says I am…..”
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3