8 When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God.
9 God called to the Man: “Where are you?”
10 He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.”
11 God said, “Who told you you were naked?...
The quote above is taken from The bible, book of Genesis chapter 3. The serpent had succeeded in tempting Adam and Eve and they were hiding in the garden, trying to hide from God at a time when they should be in fellowship with Him.
God's response to Adam is of particular interest to me.
When God created the man and woman, He blessed them and gave them dominion over everything He created. In short He 'packaged' man for success and nowhere in that packaging was anything that would limit man or cause him low self esteem.
Isn't it interesting that self doubt and low self esteem showed up in man after the devil brought his ugly self into the picture?
After Adam's fear filled response, God's question to him was
"Who told you that you were naked"?
Situations of life are always speaking to us, trying to define us and giving us a picture of who we are. If we define ourselves by our circumstances we would end up with a totally wrong assessment of our true self.
Lack of money doesn't mean that a person is poor,
Inability to conceive doesn't mean a woman is barren,
As children of The Most High God, our true identity must always come from God. We are who The Word and not the world says we are.
In The book of James chapter 1 vs 21, we are charged to
" lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls".Laying apart all filthiness would mean putting away all wrong self concepts. We are also charged in the same verse to receive the word which must be engrafted into our souls -that is, knowing with every knowing in your knower or knowing beyond all reasonable or (unreasonable) doubt or beliefs.
In James 1:23 - 25, the word of God is likened to a mirror. Now a mirror by nature reflects any image that is put before it, mirrors, under normal circumstances, are expected to give a true image of the object. To liken the word of God to a mirror is quite poignant, in the sense that when we go the the word what we 'should' see is an image of our 'true' self - not our what our situation says we are us but what God sees when He sees us.
Only God can accurately define ones identity.
Who told you that you are poor?
Who told you that you cannot live your dreams?
Who told you that you cannot be healed?
Who told you that you cannot bear children?
Who told you that you cannot be free from debts?
WHO TOLD YOU THAT?Anyone who has said or is saying anything contrary what God has said about you is a LIAR!!!
And what do we do to liars?
We don't believe them and we condemn them.
What you belief is what you become, so to get the right perspective about who you are, go to the word.