Who Told You That? The Truth about the Lies
Welcome to session three. By now you will notice each session is building on the previous sessions. We started with the introduction which said loud and clear that God said, “Very good,” and yet we still are not satisfied to a certain degree.
Last week we studied Nehemiah and how he stood his ground. He did not venture off topic but sent back the same reply three times to the messengers. Nehemiah was bold. He stood strong in his truth and confronted when necessary by saying, “None of what you are saying is true. You have made that up out of your head.” (Nehemiah 6:8)
This week we are going to focus on guarding our conversations.
In Genesis the woman should have thought to herself, “What are the motives of the serpent?” We need to stop and think about our conversations and ask ourselves, “What is the motive?” of the other person. In asking this question, we may be able to see if the person is trying to gain something or if they are simply having a conversation with no agenda. If we doubt the intent even a moment, our conversation should be guarded. The Holy Spirit could be warning you. We see in Genesis 3 that the woman responds to the serpent. “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden.” This is the point at which she should have stopped. In continuing on, she gave the serpent room to twist the truth. She continued on saying “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” Stop right here for a quick Bible lesson. Go back and reread the scripture of what God said care- fully in, Genesis 3:17. God never said, “or even touch it” the woman added this herself to the conversation. No matter which translation you read, God never said, “touch.” He said in Genesis 2:17, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Notice He never said, “Touch.” The woman is carrying on a conversation with the serpent that of course is the enemy and begins to add her own take and insert her own words to the truth. You see we too will distort the truth as we are trying to prove ourselves.
Please grab your journal and a pen and begin watching the video. In all you do, “Study to show yourselves approved.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Would love to hear from all of you. How is it going? Are you beginning to the lies revealed?