I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my journey to overcome self esteem issues. I did not find true freedom until I embraced what God said was true of me in Scripture. I had to learn it, internalize it and then believe it before I received freedom and healing.
What I learned is that freedom and healing begin when we come to know the truth. And that makes sense after all; Jesus said “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32 (NASB) The truth is vital to our lives. It reveals to us the character of God, how much he values and loves us, and how he wants us to live. Maybe that is why in Genesis chapter 3 the serpent tries to twist God’s Word – the truth with Eve. The serpent asked Eve in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say not to eat from any tree in the garden?” Did God really say? Are you sure Eve you heard him right? Are you sure that is what he meant? What did God say after all? Eve clarified…
“From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die
Wait a minute… God didn’t say they couldn’t touch it – Eve added that – and I’ll bet in doing so she confused herself. I can just hear her wondering, “Did I say that or did God? What did God say anyway?”
What happens next is why it is so important for the child of God to know the Word…
” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
Satan caused Eve to doubt the truth… he caused her to question his Word, his character, and her position and value in God’s kingdom. Let me explain… By saying to Eve “You will not die” – Satan called God a liar. Then he twists God’s character saying that God didn’t want her to become like him… and hadn’t God just one chapter earlier made her in his image and in his likeness? Yes! God’s desire and purpose for Eve was relationship. God loved her! He valued her! He wanted her… and Satan knew and couldn’t stand it. So he undermined… he lied… he twisted… he attacked what God loved most… his kids.
Friends, the enemy is still out there lying to God’s children. He’s still out there prowling around looking for someone else to spring his lies on. He is still looking to twist the truth because he doesn’t want us to be free. That is why we must know the Word. We must know the truth of who God created us to be. We must know how desperately God loves us.
When we know without a doubt the truth we have an answer for the enemy. When the enemy says did God really say… we don’t have to wonder. When the enemy tries to twist the truth and make you feel like you don’t matter to God you can call him what he is – a liar.