I was reading in Genesis 3 one day and it struck me that one of the questions God asked Adam after they had eaten of the forbidden fruit was, “who told you that you were naked?” God knew there was someone outside of Adam and Eve who had to tell them they were naked. That got me to thinking about how the enemy is still doing that to all of us today.
Satan convinced Eve in a sneaky way to question God’s motives and to make her own decisions, which weren’t her decision because Satan just now enticed her to do something that wasn’t her idea in the first place. That is exactly how I started smoking, someone asked me if I smoked, I said no, my boss at the time said, “Oh, you could have had a smoke break.” That was my journey to smoking cigarettes. It wasn’t my idea, until he made it appealing to me. After that, it was my idea.
Just like Eve, she didn’t surely die after she sinned, not in the physical sense, but neither did I after my first cigarette. The enemy didn’t tell me after years of this behavior, I would be short of breath, dependant on cigarettes, and later in life could develop cancer. Maybe we were told, but we didn’t believe it or we wouldn’t keep doing it.
The enemy didn’t tell us there would be a price for sin, he didn’t tell us it would be after long term use. He tells us stuff like, “you can handle it”, “It won’t happen to you”, and “just one won’t hurt”. At the end of the line we think to ourselves, “This is not what I expected my life to be,” because we bit into the lie Satan told us.
2Cor. 4:3&4 “in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” In this passage of scripture it describes Satan as the god (little g) of this world. I began to joke with the inmates about how everyone wants to be a gangster, we call that being “G” in this case little “g” is a lie, don’t listen to the little “g”.
Little “g” didn’t tell us when we were doing drugs that there was going to be cramping, diarrhea, sweating and running nose when we couldn’t get the next “fix”. He didn’t tell us that. There are a few other things he didn’t tell us either, like, If we get born again, we are in Christ and Christ is in us.
Satan didn’t tell us
we are loved by God and we are the in the beloved,
he didn’t tell us the life of Christ is in me.
He also didn’t tell us we are a holy one in Christ, a saint.
he didn’t want us to know we are completely forgiven and alive in Christ.
He didn’t tell us we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing
chosen by God,
made the righteousness of God,
adopted into His family,
raised up and seated with Christ in heaven, and
have been made complete and are a new creation.
He tried to hide the fact that we have been sealed eternally by the Holy Spirit,
we have the mind of Christ,
we are God’s handiwork created for good works, and
we are free from sin’s power.
He certainly didn’t want us to know that we have been delivered from darkness into light and have peace with God because we have the power of Christ in us through Jesus.
The good news is that we can know the truth because Jesus said He is the Truth. The devil is a lie and he is exposed for what he is. We know this because of the Word and love of Jesus. I had so much fun telling this to the ladies incarcerated this week because we can be free on the inside. We are always going to need Jesus because we will have temptations and struggles in our life, but we need to remember Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He lives in us, and in Him we live and move and have our being. Praise be to God that what the enemy didn’t tell us, Jesus told us by His love.