A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, October 7, 2013
“And [God] said, ‘Who told you that you were naked?’” – Genesis 3:11a
Who told you that you would never amount to anything, my brother? Who spoke that tale about you not being pretty, my sister? It certainly wasn’t God! So why are you buying into and repeating the false accusations of the enemy—the lies of otherwise?
God didn’t tell Adam and Eve that they were naked; it was their accuser the devil. And while it was true, it wasn’t God’s truth (sometimes the devil does actually tell the truth, but it is still always to tear us down). Isn’t that just like that dastardly foul-mouthed demon to make you feel bad about yourself? He will tempt you to do something you shouldn’t be doing, he will front you off, beat you up with condemnation, and then have the nerve to sit down and throw you a pity party! So why do you let him, family?
The word “told” as used in this verse is nagad (pr. naw-gad), which means “to front” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Webster’s Dictionary defines “front” as “a person, group, or thing used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual controlling agent,” and further defines “affront” as “an action or remark that causes outrage or offense.”
What God really asked was “Why did you let the devil front you off? Why did you allow the one who did this to you to hide behind you after he exposed your nakedness and paraded you through the streets on display for all the universe to see?” Is the Lord talking to you about this today, my brother? Is the Father addressing this very thing with you, my sister?
The difference is the way God and the devil deal with us. God’s initial response to our shame is to cover it, to protect us; whereas Satan will always come to expose our sin. 1 Peter 4:8 testifies of this truth, which tells us that love covers a multitude of sins; and since God is love, it is His love that covers our shame.
Revelation 12:10 and 1 Peter 5:8 expose the devil for who he really is as it shines the light of God’s truth upon that darkened demon: “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
I must clarify that, while God in His love and mercy may cover our shame (although not indefinitely if we do not repent), in order for us to be completely forgiven and made righteous, we must accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and accept His sinless and spotless Blood as atonement for our sins.
God gave me the phrase “the lies of otherwise,” and explained it this way: “accepting any words that are not grounded in My Word is unwise. And anything that is unwise is otherwise. My Word is truth and light. My people are kept by My Word. My sons and daughters are protected by my Word, nourished by My Word, and are directed by what I have spoken. To be fed or led by any other word is to engage in otherwise.”
Who are you being led by, my brother? Who is feeding you, my sister? Are you consuming the decaying crumbs of the world, which have you sick and bound to your bed of condemnation? Or are you feasting on the delicacies of God’s Word which is medicine for your soul?
Let us forsake the lies of otherwise for the truth of God’s Word. And let us begin today.
Father, thank You for Your Word, which protects us, keeps us in all our ways, preserves us, restores us, and nourishes us. Help us, Holy God, to walk in your Word always, and to forsake and reject the lies of the enemy—the lies of otherwise. Meet us where we are at, Most Merciful Father, and build us up with your Word. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we have been forgiven, made whole, made new, and walk wisely because of, by, and in the Blood of the Lamb! Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to feast on God’s Word each and every day. Choose to let the Father’s Word wash over you like a wave, and to saturate your spirit and your soul day and night. Determine in your mind and purpose in your heart to reject and ignore the lying words of the accuser. And continue to fight the good fight of walking wisely; for God, your Word of Encouragement, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.