Recently, I started studying the book of Genesis and I went through the temptation of Eve. I had to pause and take a critical look at the story as recorded in Genesis 3:1-7.
I realized something about the way the serpent approached the woman Eve. He came as a subtle voice of questioning or reasoning. You know that Nigerian slang of “Oga, you too reason am na”. It is not a bad thing to ask questions but we as believers need to know the purpose or motive behind the questioning. The devil came as a deceiver to twist the Word of God. Eve in her zealousness for God quickly jumped to defend what she was told. “Oh No! God our Father didn’t say that. He only told us not to eat the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden.”. To prove the point that she heard God clearly, she went ahead to say “We will die if we just touch it not to talk of eating it.” That was the loophole the devil was looking for.
“Did God actually tell you that you would die if you touched it? C’mon! You won’t die. You will just be like God.” You see, our great mother fell for this trick and the devil is still in the business of using this same trick on all believers. He did the same for Jesus. He tried to make Him prove what God had called Him and what He had been sent to do.
Dear believer, the greatest temptation you will face from the devil is the crisis of identity. He knows very well what identity means to a human so he tries so hard to get us to prove it before the appointed time. To think about it, Adam and Eve would have eventually eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was created for them but they needed to mature before they would be allowed to eat the fruit.
Let me bring this home real quick. If God has given you the healing anointing, be certain that the devil would visit you, subtly telling you to prove the anointing you have. If you have been anointed as a Scribe to communicate the heart of the Father to the world, he will try to get you to either see the writeups as your own inspiration or get you to promote your works before God is ready to introduce you to the world.
Dear believer, God has called you by name and that settles it. You do not need to fight tooth and nail to prove it to the world. Once you do, you have lost the battle to the enemy. Blessed is He who believes even without seeing. You might not even see it now, stay with the convictions. You might not look like it but be sure of the Word God has given you and press into it. No addition, no subtraction.
Another thing that stood out for me was that Eve lost the battle the very moment she entertained the serpent and began to converse with it. That was the difference between the temptation of Eve and that of Jesus. Jesus listened to what the devil had to say but He didn’t try to justify or correct Him. When the devil introduces negative thoughts into your mind, you shouldn’t try to rationalize it or correct that thinking, you should engage the Word and war with those thoughts. You should go ahead and remind yourself of what God had called you. You should declare over yourself the very identity of Christ you carry.
C’mon guys, you are a royal priesthood and a holy nation. The Father has ordained His praise from your mouth. He created you in His image with all His wisdom and endowments. Gosh! God’s validation of your assignment is all that matters. You do not need to seek approval from the world. Even if God’s instructions do not make sense to you, stay with it and be convinced about it. You can seek counsel from the people He has set over you but you don’t need to go about explaining what God has told you to everyone who cares to listen. There is no need to prove anything. God has validated you, that is all that matters.
Another side of this lesson is for you to be fully comforted that God has your best interest at heart. Whatsoever he has asked you not to engage at the moment is for your benefit. If He does not give you what you desire, it could be that the time is not right. It might be that you need some growing up to do. Rather than feel betrayed or unloved, why not ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees? Why not ask Him to show you the things you need to do in preparation for the gift? Remember that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. God is intentional about you. He won’t give you what you are not ready to handle. Remember that when the enemy tries to paint God as a taskmaster or liar. You will overcome because Christ already overcame.
I celebrate you.
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