"The serpent told the Woman, 'You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.'” (Genesis 3:4-5)
This is a story you may have read or heard multiple times. The fall. Recently God has been revealing to me how much sin and bondage is intertwined in me longing for a piece of identity. The serpent told Eve she would be just like God and she took the offer. How could she not know she was made in God’s image, in intimate communion with God walking in the garden, and with dominion over everything! God looked at her and said, “It is very good!” Eve in the garden was having an identity crisis.
The enemy is clever. We need to look closely at the way the enemy tempted Eve to train our minds and our hearts to rebuke any lie the enemy tries to tell us in our future that will derail our relationship with God. The serpent gossiped about God to his children… "Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” And he calls into question the very identity that God declares over Eve.
Repentance is a radical change of heart that leads to a radical change of mind. To radically change our mind is to stop believing our identity is found as “his wife”, or “her mom”, “beautiful”, “popular”, and “wealthy.” Instead dive into God’s word and read that we are daughters of the King. We have an identity in Him that can never be defined or stolen. When we are sure and grounded in our identity in Christ nothing can shake us and no threat can tempt us to fill ourselves with anything else.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!” Romans 8:15-17 (The Message)
Prayer: Lord I pray in Jesus’ name that you would give us the eyes to see and the ears to hear all of the ways you’ve set out for us to know your love today. Father please bring to light any lies we are believing about who we are and give us the faith we need to surrender our identity to you.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 139