Who told you so and so?

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, September 05, 2019

And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" Genesis 3:11

Most people receive numerous messages from different sources throughout their day. Many of those messages are misleading and intentionally deceptive. We are often bombarded with false advertisements. Politicians misrepresent themselves in an attempt to get our vote. At times, the media engage in a propaganda campaign to support their agenda.

We cannot trust everything we hear, read, or see on television or social media. God gave us the power of the will to determine what we will accept or reject. We have to pray for discernment so we can discern the truth from the lies the enemy is trying to make us believe.

In today text, God confronts Adam and Eve after they ate the forbidden fruit. Upon hearing the voice of God, they went hiding because they realized they were naked and ashamed. Before the temptation of the snake (Devil), they did not know the concept of nakedness. They lived in a state of spiritual and emotional innocence before the original sin. However, the Devil started a misinformation campaign that led to the rebellion of Adam and Eve against their creator.

The Devil's plan to lead Adam and Eve astray was based on distortion. In Genesis 3:1, the snake to the woman, "Did God really say?" That is an attempt to reinterpret the words of God so he can lead the people of God astray. The Devil has been using this trick since the beginning of times. He is still doing it now. He has appointed many false teachers in churches throughout the world to misinterpret the word of God.

Beyond the misinformation campaign he has launched against the word of God, he is still asking the same question of each human being that he asked of the woman, "Did God really say?" I cannot tell you how many times I have had to fight this old snake when he tries to make something sinful seems innocent by asking me: "Did God really say you should not do this?"

We should not let the enemy trick us into thinking that God did not really mean what he said in the Bible. Keep in mind the Devil's plans is to ensnare us into a life of sin so we would remain alienated from God. He may not know our specific weaknesses; however, he will try every trick in his demonic book to uncover our weaknesses and use them to destroy us.

God asks Adam and Eve a relevant question in today's text: "Who told you that you were naked?" At some point in life, we all have to ask ourselves, and our loved-ones similar questions. For example, "Who told you that it is okay to lie to get to the top of the corporate ladder?" "Who told you that people of African American descent are inferior to anybody else?" "Who told you that pornography is harmless entertainment?" "Who told you that it is okay to be a lukewarm Christian?" "Who told you it is acceptable to disrespect and bully other people because you have authority over them?" And, "who told you that you are not good enough and smart enough to reach the pinnacle of success with your God-given talents?"

Young ladies "who told you that you are not beautiful enough because of your dark-skin complexion?" Young black men, "who told you that you are destined to go to prison or join a gang?" Husbands and wives, "who told you that your marriage would fail like every other failed marriage you hear about?"

The "who told you," list can be quite extensive. My point is that too many of us are believing the lies of the Devil and evil people without checking with the Holy Spirit. We fail to realize the Devil is the master of propaganda, and he is determined to keep us ignorant of the truth by any means necessary. That is why the word of God says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Whenever you hear something that causes your spirit to be vexed check the word of God to see if it comes from God. If what you hear in your spirit does not line up with what is said in the word of God, then it is not from God, and you should not listen to it. Don't let this old snake play mind games with you, and trick you into forsaking God. Tricks are for kids. We need to remember the words of 1 Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me." We are too old to let the enemy continue to trick us as he did to Adam and Eve.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for reminding us no to believe the lies of the enemy. Grant us the wisdom to rejection his deceptions as we affirm the truth of your word.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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