He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” (Genesis 3:11ESV)
As soon as Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they knew they were naked. Also, though Satan spoke to Eve through the serpent about the fruit, he did not tell them they were naked; Adam and Eve suddenly knew their status had changed.
Consequently, when God visited them, He asked, “who told thee that thou was naked”? The implication of the Lord’s question was clear: someone or something had told them they were naked. Adam and Eve had started hearing a voice other than the voice of God. This voice was the birth of humanity’s struggle with the adversary’s voice of shame, temptation, guilt, condemnation, doubt, etc., that we are all familiar with.
Did you ever read in the entire Bible that Satan spoke to human beings again through a snake as He did to Eve? Not once. That does not mean he is silent. He still speaks but in a different way. Unfortunately, when many believers hear of the “voice of the devil”, they might think it is a joke. Satan no longer needs a snake to speak to us today. He has access to our flesh, the fallen human nature.
When a believer starts questioning if they are saved, they have heard a voice other than God’s. That intense lust for adultery or pornography in a man’s heart is the voice of the tempter speaking. The same is true about that voice of condemnation reminding you of that sin, despite asking for forgiveness ten times or more.
The sad reality is that we often believe in that voice. As in Eden, the Lord asks you today, “who told you that I do not love you? Who told you that you are worthless? What voice have you been hearing and believing?
How did Satan speak to Jesus when He tempted Him in Matthew 4:1-2?
Apply the Word
Whose voice have you been listening to and sometimes obeying faithfully? Refuse the voice of the enemy and begin responding to God’s voice, clearly speaking to you in the Bible.
Ask the Spirit to help you recognize and shut off every voice of the enemy.
- Beware of the Voice of the Devil
- The Origin of Nakedness
- Hearing God’s Voice
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