The serpent said, “Did God really say…”
The serpent says to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’” Eve replies that they were allowed to eat from any tree except the one in the middle of the garden.
The serpent then entices Eve with the prospect of knowledge of good and evil, and that this is something that God is trying to keep from them.
So Eve takes the fruit and eats it, and then offers some to her husband. Then their eyes are opened, and they know that they are naked.
At the heart of every temptation that comes to the follower of Jesus is the question, “Did God really say…?”
When we are torn between what our fallen nature wants to do and what God wants us to do, then satan comes along wit the deadly question, “Did God really say?”
Sadly, there are too many christians who do not know what God has said in His word, and so they can’t accurately or confidently answer this simple question.
There are people who know the word of God intellectually but do not carry it in their hearts. These people perform the most amazing mental gymnastics to justify their own sins. When the devil says “Did God really say that homosexuality is an abomination?” they will twist the words, redefine terms and deny the plain meaning of the text to say “No, God didn’t really say that?”
We need to know the word of God. We need to understand the will of God for our lives.
In Ephesians 6, the word of God is described as the sword of the Holy Spirit, If we know the scriptures, we can quickly cut satan down with this powerful weapon.
Help me, Lord, to know, understand and take into my heart your wonderful word. When I am tempted with the question, “Did God really say?”, may I always have the grace to say, “This is what God has said!” Amen.