|Then the eyes of both Adam and Eve were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then 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 Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ Genesis 3:7–11
Ever feel like someone is telling you that you don’t measure up – or naked in Eve and Adam‘s case? If so I encourage you to ask yourself who is saying these things? Who is causing me to doubt myself? Is it me? Is there something from my past that led me to believe this? Or is it the enemy of my soul disguising his voice as my own?
Satan is the father of lies and there is no truth in him. And how he loves it when we believe his deception and fall into the distractions of feeling inadequate and insecure. The meaning of the word lie is a falsehood with the intent to deceive. Satan intends to deceive us and he does so by getting us to take our eyes off of who we are in Jesus and focus on our flaws. That way we spend our time trying to figure out how we can hide them. It’s exactly what he did with Eve in our lesson.
In response God asked who told them they were naked – who told you that something is wrong with you? By asking this God made sure they knew someone was casting shame on them and it wasn’t God. The enemy whispered lies into their hearts causing them to move away from God and from each other.
Satan’s intent is the same for you and me as it was for Eve and Adam but we don’t have to go along with him. Instead we can refute his lies and temptations with the truth of God‘s Word. When we put our trust and faith in Jesus as our Savior we can stand on the promises of who we are in Him.
When I’m tempted to measure up I remember Whose I am and who He is. Here is a list of Scriptures to remind me of who I am in Jesus. It is vital that I believe and know that I am the one Jesus loves and that I am accepted unconditionally. John 1:12 reminds me that I am God’s child. 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 reminds me that I have been bought with a price and I belong to God. Ephesians 1:3–8 reminds me that I have been chosen by God and adopted as God’s child. Hebrews 4:14–16 reminds me that I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus.
Not only am I accepted but I am secure in Jesus. Romans 8:28 reminds me that I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances. Romans 8:31–39 reminds me that I am free from condemnation. I cannot be separated from God’s love. 2 Corinthians 1:21–22 reminds me that I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. I am reminded in Colossians 3:1–4 that I am hidden with Christ in God. I am reminded in Philippians 1:6 that I am confident God will complete the good work He started in me. 2 Timothy 1:7 tells me that I have been given a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind. 1 John 5:18 says that I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
Finally the scriptures tell me that I am significant in Jesus. In John 15:16 I discover that I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. In 2 Corinthians 5:17–21 I am reminded that I am a minister of reconciliation for God. Ephesians 2:6 tells me I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians 2:10 says I am God’s workmanship. In Ephesians 3:12 I discover that I may approach God with freedom and confidence. And in Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Let us pray: Lord how I praise You for being a redeeming, transforming and renewing God. I thank You for the power of Your Word that helps me not listen to the enemy. I thank You for using my suffering and even my failures for Your purposes. I thank You for taking that which was planted in tears and allowing it to be harvested with shouts of joy. I know Lord that You have a good plan for my life. Lord Jesus let me trust You more in all that I think – say and do for Your glory. I pray this in the Name of Jesus who is my redeemer – my savior and my closest friend. Jesus You are my hope – my joy and my strength – I do believe in You and in the power of Your Word because Your love is steadfast and Your faithfulness is firm. Amen.