Did God really say?
Have you wondered that? Have you ever doubted?
I wonder what would happen if we lived like we truly believed all God has said? I am convinced that part of why the enemy’s strategy he uses against us is getting us to question the things God has said is he knows and fears what would be unleashed in and through the people of God if we truly believed what God has said.
Did God really say is not a new question. It goes back to the garden:
Genesis 3:1-3 says: “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
This is fascinating.
This question literally follows God making man and woman in His image and then declaring His creation “very good”.
Take a look:
Genesis 1:26,27 & 31 says: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them…..God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…. “
Men & women were created in God’s image.
Don’t just gloss over that word “image”.
Let it sit on you.
You were made in the likeness of God, you are a reflection of Him, made in His image.
What is also beautiful is when God made everything else He said it was good. When He made people, He said it was “very good”. Our identity and worth is inherent in that we are image bearers and God has said about us that His creation was “very good”. We have 100% worth and value at birth. Nothing we do or that is done to us can add or subtract from that.
We see that all is well in the garden, until the enemy asks the question:
“Did God really say?”
What shocked me as I re-read this is Eve knew and repeated what God had said:
Here’s what she said: “The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
Here’s what God had said earlier: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.’” Genesis 2: 15-16
Eve knew what God had said. But she listened to a voice other than His. She allowed the enemy to make her question if God really said it. The result was shame, isolation, and separation from the One voice that mattered the most. The image bearers now were covering themselves. Instead of focusing on the work God had given them in the garden, they now were spending time and energy covering their shame.
That ancient serpent is still asking that same question: Did God really say?
What has God said to you?
Who does He say you are?
What has He called you to?
Are you questioning that?
There have been MANY times in my life where the enemy asks “did God really say?” Do you really matter? Can you really make a difference? He hurls lies at me, that can make me question the truth that I already know, because God has already said it. If I believe the enemies (or the people he uses) lies about my worth, I hang my daughter of the king head down. I take on shame. And I am distracted from the work He has called me to.
If I start to believe the lie that I can’t make a difference, I become a warrior who sets down her sword.
Maybe try this one out, its worked for me:
When the enemy says who do you think you are? You are nothing, you can’t make a difference.
Tell him he’s right.
And just as he begin celebrating his latest victory over you say to him: But Jesus!
In and of ourselves though image bearers, sin has covered us. But Jesus died for our sins and lifted our heads to share in His crown as sons and daughters and co-heirs.
In and of ourselves we can’t accomplish anything in our own strength. But Jesus in us, we have the same power that raised Him from the dead and we are more than conquerors. We are warriors fully equipped for the battles that lie ahead.
What would happen if we held on to what God has said, about us, about our worth, about our role as restorers, as parts of the kingdom He is building.
Did God really say?
Yes He did. He said it in the beginning at creation: you were created in His image and therefore you have worth, He has said His creation is “very good!” He said it again 2,000 years ago, arms stretched wide taking on all of your and my self-imposed shame, He said you are worth this, I love you. And He whispers it to you every day through the gift of His Spirit in you to your heart. I love you, you are enough, you are able, because I Am able and I Am in you.
So since He has said it
Walk in it
Did God really say?