THE WOMAN SAID, ‘THE SERPENT DECEIVED ME, AND I ATE’
The serpent has deceived me many times…and I ate. I believed him when he told me, through my mother, that I was not worthy to be loved. I believed him when he accused me, through my friend, of being fatally flawed. I believed him when he declared, through my daddy, that I was a disappointment. And after I ate, I carried out the father-of-lies’ desires. I sinned…because I ate. I resorted to sinful habits and patterns to escape the pain of the murderer’s opinions…his perspectives…his impressions of me.
YOU BELONG TO YOUR FATHER, THE DEVIL, AND YOU WANT TO CARRY OUT YOUR FATHER’S DESIRES. HE WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING, NOT HOLDING TO THE TRUTH, FOR THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. WHEN HE LIES, HE SPEAKS HIS NATIVE LANGUAGE, FOR HE IS A LIAR AND THE FATHER OF LIES
Beloved Child, do you know Me? I am the I AM. I am who I AM and what I AM, and I will be what I will be. I do not change according to people’s perspectives—according to the father-of-lies’ deception. I do not change like shifting shadows to adapt to someone’s opinion of Me. I do not turn blue when someone thinks I should be blue and I do not turn pink when someone perceives Me as pink. I remain the same. I remain the I AM.
My Child, YOU are an original being made in MY Image. You are not an invention of the father-of-lies’ perspective. You are not a product of someone’s impression. There is a part in you that is of Me, permanent…unchangeable…invariable, regardless of the father-of-lies’ opinion of you. This part of you is good, gentle, and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It does not carry out the father-of-lies’ desires, but rejoices with the Truth. This is My I AM in you. Live from this I AM that always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
AND GOD SAID TO MOSES, I AM WHO I AM AND WHAT I AM, AND I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; AND HE SAID, YOU SHALL SAY THIS TO THE ISRAELITES: I AM HAS SENT ME TO YOU!…WHO DOES NOT CHANGE LIKE SHIFTING SHADOWS
(Exodus 3:14) and (James 1:17).
Ask God to introduce you to His Image in you—His I AM that does not change like shifting shadows, according to people’s perspectives of you.
PRAYER: Lord God, how encouraging to know that You have made me in Your Image. Introduce me to the I AM in me—Your Presence in me that is stable and secure and does not change according the father-of-lies’ deception.
Maintain an Awareness
Regardless of which pain you have, the determining question is, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH IT?