See! We are back on the story in the garden of Eden. Yes, right where mister Serpent came in. My post today is based on the first verse of chapter 2. The book of genesis that is hehe
Now the serpent was more subtil a than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? – Genesis 2:1
My first thing is, do you believe he didn’t know that God didn’t say that? If they don’t eat of any of the trees then what will they eat? Point one: Beware of innocent looking/sounding questions and statements. They are sometimes a doorway for deception and destruction. He knew very well God didnt say that but you must agree that it did make a good conversation starter. This wasn’t in my agenda but as I write now I’m led to caution you about conversation starters. Test the spirit people! It’s not every conversation you should hold or even engage to begin with. Some conversations are set up to set you off course, lead you astray or plant in your mind a seed or doubt or fear. We need to be alert and sensitive to the Holy Spirit, dear believer because the devil comes to deceive. It seems harmless but you walk away from the conversation with something stolen or planted.
Words are life. My pastor would say, they carry a breath! You breathe in something they say and it begins to live in you. They are seeds and would grow where they are planted. That’s why God tells us to speak back to the devil when He speaks to us with His word. Don’t let it settle, don’t give it room to operate. I used to think when the devil will speak, I would easily recognize it because he’d sound like the villain from the movies we watch. He’d have some this eeriness in his voice. Boy was I wrong! Sometimes he speaks in my own voice, in the voice of people close to me and sometimes he tries to imitate the voice of God. So be mindful of whom and what you give a listening ear to. Let me just stop here because I may continue on this path and end up talking about music and it’s effect but that’s not my topic today.
So when I read that scripture above, I giggled because it sounded familiar, too familiar maybe. It was my own voice and the voices of some people I’ve come into contact with and I’m pretty sure you have been that person like I have been and sometimes still am or you’ve met or experienced someone like that. Have you ever heard someone say ‘so where exactly in the Bible does God say abc?’ ‘Does He say it plain that xyz is unacceptable or this is ungodly or this is sin?’ You’ve probably heard and said that a couple of times. I know I have. I’ve asked myself, my friends and even my parents that on different occasions. ‘Did God really say we can’t tell a tiny lie? Did God really say Gossip is bad? Did God really say bribery is ungodly? Did God really say you can’t have sex with your partner you plan to marry? Did God really say we can’t wear this or that or do this to our bodies or not? Where exactly?, show me!”
Writing this now is making me laugh because I have had too many encounters with statements like these. I mean they are innocent questions. We live in the world where seeing is believing, where truth is based on evidence provided so if you are going to talk to me about something, I should see it clearly. I should see it written as it is because implied isn’t good enough. Believer, when you find yourself questioning ‘did God really say’ in relation to a standard He has set, I really hope it sends you to genesis 2 where you can identify the root or the source of those thoughts and imaginations.
I remember I would have arguments. Oh we thank God for growth because I used to engage in a lot of arguments. A whole lot. Hmm so I would have arguments with people because I had been convicted about certain things and be attacked about being rigid and extreme because ‘Did God really say…?’ I would get so frustrated because I was young and foolish and had no understanding that scripture isn’t just the English of it, it carries revelation so you could read a verse and the Holy Spirit convicts or rebukes you about something with it, even though it isn’t written in ink that you should or shouldn’t do it.
“…The law was just made to reveal sin as sin. It wasn’t supposed to be a yardstick to show how far in the walk you’ve gone”
Let’s look at it properly though, if you are doing something or well want to do something, and you have to ask if God really said something, it means you are already doubting your stand on the issue, non? You are already fighting the conviction in your spirit. If you were firm in your stand against the conviction or principles of God, you shouldn’t really care if He said or didn’t say. I mean, I’m going to do what I want to do regardless, why should I be interested in what, where and How God said. We focus too much on the law and walk by it but the law was just made to reveal sin as sin. It wasn’t supposed to be a yardstick to show how far in the walk you’ve gone. Spiritual maturity isn’t in how much of the law you obey but how much of love you walk in; how much of the nature of God you adopt and manifest.
Listen beloved, the devil has no truth in him. He’s anti-God and anything godly and he will make sure that you fall out of line with God. He will plant seeds of doubt, he will introduce a new light on a subject God has spoken on.Your eyes will be opened to the light called darkness (Luke 11:35) He doesn’t always come like a Goliath where you can right away recognize that he’s an enemy, sometimes he comes as a Judas. He comes in your own voice even, It will seem innocent but apply the word of God.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness – Luke 11:35
Most of us just say ‘Did God really say…’ as an excuse to do something we want to do or to justify something we don’t have the grace to stop doing. Don’t do that! Don’t read the word of God in the light of your weakness but rather in the light of His strength, His grace which is made available to us. Don’t brush off a conviction because you are deep in whatever it is you are doing, God doesn’t condemn us, He convicts. He’s saying this is a problem but that’s okay, I can help you with it. He’s not calling you out on it for you to feel guilty, scared, afraid, unworthy, condemned. No, He’s calling you out because Help is available because He loves you and wants you to be the best version of yourself. We study the word by His Spirit so like I’m trying to show you, you could be reading the creation story and be convicted about something that seems unrelated. God may not have written plainly to do or not do something but you read a passage or scripture and the Holy Spirit will whisper to you to do or not do. Do not in your weakness young believer, tune off the voice of the Spirit. if you are convicted about what He’s saying, He’s backing it with His power to deliver and overcome.
“Don’t read the word of God in the light of your weakness but rather in the light of HIS strength”
The world is creating a lot of grey areas if you ask me. They are making us position ourselves in a place where we aren’t ‘offending’ God, well not entirely and not offending the world either. This is a situation that simply can’t exist. As a christian, If you please the world, it’s in offense to God regardless of how innocent it seems. If you have to whisper to yourself ‘but technically God didn’t say…’, trust me you are treading on a dangerous path. Remember that Lot pitched his tent close to sodom (no harm there right?) and next thing we saw, he was right in there mixed up with them.
God will not come and questions words He said or instructions He gave. His words do not return to Him void neither is He a God who changeth. If you are confused about something, the best thing is to run back to Him for clarification.
We pray that you make us sensitive to your voice and to your word. That we will not be corrupted by the serpent to see the things you call evil as good and the things you call good as evil. May we not lean unto our own understanding but seek your face always and may we be emboldened to rebuke the devil anytime he visits us. Amen