And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Gen. 3:11 NAS)
“Something” had told Adam he was naked, after the fall. Interestingly, he had been naked all along. When they ate the fruit, the knowledge of good and evil came in. This is spiritual knowledge. It changed their perception of their physical circumstances. God’s question to Adam “who told you that you were naked?” implies that someone or something had told Adam that he was naked. He did not just know. He was told. Whether by Satan directly or by the just corrupted natural environment, we are not clearly told, but Adam was “told”. This voice was the voice of falsehood. He told man a lie, made him believe it, changed his perception (saw he was naked) of himself and his experience( experienced shame). As the truth sets us free, so a lie brings us to bondage.
It is amazing how this same voice is still speaking to us today. And God is still asking us today “who told you that you were naked?” There are many things we are probably believing today about ourselves which are not from God and directly affecting our lives. Notice that it was not the physical circumstance that mattered. The voice told the man who he was physically, and he believed that is who he was. Today, that voice is telling us what our finances are, or what our health state is. If God would “see us today face to face too”, He will ask “who told you that you were naked?”. The emphasis is on the “who”. Whose word is so powerful in your life that it is what mattered to you. There are some living today with words spoken to them about 10 years ago still affecting them. Who is that, whose word seems to be so powerful to you? Nothing truly stands if God had not spoken it. It does not matter if it appears to be there physically.
Other similar questions for us today might be:
“who told you that you are sick? Would you say your body told you the pain is still there?
Or “who told you that you are broke?” Would you say your bank account?
Or “who told you that you are a mess?” Would you say your recent failure?
Whose voice have you been hearing? The truth sets free but a lie keeps you in bondage. That voice brings spiritual knowledge to your heart that will change your perception of yourself and ultimately your experience. Lay hold of what God has said, and refuse to listen to “that voice” today.
The Word in your mind and mouth (1 Tim 4:15; Joshua 1: 8)
Sincerely take a look at yourself today and see who and what is “speaking to you”
Water the Seed( word) to grow. Invite the Spirit’s strength! (Isa 32:15; Zach 4:6)
Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see the “voices” in your life you are probably not aware of.
APPLY THE WORD TODAY!
Your door to a blessed life today is doing God’s Word. Refuse to be a hearer or reader only! (James 1:22-26)
You are in big trouble if there is a voice in your life that matters to you more than God’s, whether the voice of your body, satan, your finances, circumstances, people around you, etc. If you allow it, people will tell you who you are, and you will believe it, feel depressed and develop low self-esteem. If you listen to Satan, you will certainly end up believing that God does not love you because of this or that. Remember God’s voice asking to you “who told you that you were naked?” Filter out the lies and hang on to the truth of His word today.
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