Did God Really Say…


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For whatever things were written before were written for our learning,

that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

Have you ever heard someone ask this question?

Maybe you have even asked it yourself a time or two.

A fellow blogger and I were discussing an entry which he had written and this was the subject of our conversation.

We both agreed that, yes, God did mean exactly what He said in the Scripture and that we are not to take it lightly or to question how serious He truly was about a subject.

This is exactly what led to the fall of Adam and Eve. From the beginning of time this very question has been getting us in trouble.

Let’s look at Genesis 3 and see just how the story went:

 vs.1: “Now the serpent was more subtle 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?”

The first thing the devil did was plant a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind: “Did God really say…”

You see, the devil is called the father of lies for a reason. It is not a mistake that the Bible tells us that he roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

From the very beginning the devil tries to get Eve to doubt. He tries to confuse her and cause her to question what she knew God had told her. How can we be sure that Eve remembered what God had said? Let us read the next verses and find out.

Vs. 2-3:  “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

We know from these verses that Eve did not have a sudden case of amnesia. She quoted God’s words back to the devil. She remembered exactly what God had told her.

Where she messed up was this: She allowed the devil to cause her to doubt. She allowed him to plant that tiny seed of doubt in her mind: Did God really say…

The next thing that happened was just as dangerous to Eve and in the end led to death for her and Adam.

Vs. 4-5 : “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Eve lends the devil a listening ear for just a moment and she is deceived with a lie.

First, the devil gives Eve reason to doubt, and then when she drops her guard he feeds her a lie. The devil, however, is a sly old beast. He did not just feed her a line that he thought she might believe. No, he wrapped a lie in just enough truth as to assure its success. The devil knew that she would not just die right there on the spot. The death that God was warning against was a death of innocence, a break in the fellowship between God and His creation, and ultimately an eternal death if provisions were not made.

It worked. We know from reading the rest of the story that Eve ate the fruit from the forbidden tree, took some to Adam and he ate it as well. Their eyes were then opened and they realized what they have done.

Friends, our lives are no different from this story that was told so many years ago.

If we allow the devil to come in and plant that little seed of doubt, If we allow him to whisper in our ear, ” Did God really say…”, we are opening ourselves up to be lied to and then deceived.

We need to realize that when God says something He means it. When God gives us a commandment, it is not to keep us from having fun. It is to protect us.

God knew that as soon as Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that their eyes would be opened and they would no longer be innocent. He was trying to protect them.

God gives us His word for the same purpose.

When God’s word says, “Thou shall not…” that is exactly what it means. It does not mean maybe we can later, or maybe if you are good I will let you. It means no, not even almost, never.

I pray today that we will take the verses which God has given to us in His word, and that we will hide them in our hearts. I pray we will not allow the devil to plant that seed of doubt, and whisper that lie into our ear. I pray we will realize when God says, “No,” that it is for a reason. That reason is because He loves you and me. He wants to protect us, and to give us a home in Heaven with Him some day.

Did You Hear That?


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“As I sat there listening to the preacher speak, I felt God tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘Did you hear that? It was meant for you.’ “

Have you ever had  a moment like this one? Did it surprise you? How did you feel at that moment?

 

I have the privilege of teaching at the Christian school where my kids attend. Every Wednesday we spend the morning in a chapel service. Each time, we have a different speaker that volunteers to come and talk to the kids.

Yesterday my Dad came to speak to us at Chapel. The Scripture he spoke about came from Hebrew Chapter 3-4:3a. I have been blessed to get to hear my Dad preach all of my life, however I did not really learn to appreciate what I was hearing until I was older.

 

As I sat and listened to him preach on this Scripture a particular verse really jumped out and grabbed my attention. It was the Verse that reads:

 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

At that moment I felt God speak to my heart and say, “That is what you are doing for Me.”

 

The devil likes to tell me lies. We all know that he is the father of all lies. I Peter 5:8b tells us:

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion

looking for someone to devour.

Satan wants me to believe that my ministry for God does not matter, that it is pointless, and that it will never amount to anything. He knows that if he can get me to believe his lies then he can defeat me and I will fail.

I had been fighting those lies for a few days and every time I would just give them to God and ask Him to bless my efforts and lead me in the direction I should go.direction

 

I feel like yesterday was God speaking to me, telling me that I was right in the center of His will.

 

Any time you are trying to do God’s work and minister for Him, the devil is going to take that as an opportunity to try to defeat you. The only way that he has of doing that is with lies. Satan knows he has no power over us if we are covered under the blood of Jesus, so he tries to get us to defeat ourselves.

We need to remember where our strength comes from. We also have to learn to recognize satan’s tricks and the lies that he feeds us.

 

I pray as I have shared from my heart today that you will find some encouragement in this story. If you are feeling defeated and beat down, look up! God is right there waiting to lift you up and minister to your heart. If you feel you are in the center of God’s Will keep on doing the things God has called you to do. Be careful not to fall into satan’s trap of lies that he sets for all of us.

Remember, satan knows his fate. He knows that he has already lost the battle. He wants to defeat us because he does not want us doing God’s work.

 

Stay strong in the Lord and keep on going. Remember God’s Word when it says:

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31