The Cupid Series
For the next week, I’m going to post a series of blogs written by myself and others on everyone’s favorite topics: love, dating, sex, marriage, the dynamics between men and women, and what the Bible says about it all.
All the Credit
All the credit belongs to Pastor Perry Noble at Newspring Church. He did a sermon series titled: Eve and Adam. The first two blog posts will be from two of his sermons. These are his thoughts with my crazy words. (I’m attaching the links to the sermons at the bottom of this post. I knew that I wanted to share with y’all what I had learned from these sermons and my own study and what time is better than at the height of Valentine’s Day fever.
So the first post of the series is about the first lie women believe how that affects our relationship with God and men.
This whole post should be prefaced by the fact that us women, we are emotional. I mean…seriously, emotional. Ask any boy/man that has ever dated me, my brother, my dad, and they all would say, “Amanda is emotional.” And emotions are not a bad thing, but the key to emotions is taking the emotional to the biblical. Take what you’re feeling and submit it to what the bible says.
LIE ONE: “IM NOT GOOD ENOUGH”
How many of us have ever thought, “I’m not good enough?” I will be the first person to say that I’ve had that thought…I’ve had that thought a lot and I’ve had that thought recently. Let me start this off by telling you that you are good enough. The Bible says you’re good enough.
Let me show this to you. Did you realize that women were the first living thing that God did not create from dust? Look at Genesis 2. Adam was created from dust. Giraffes…dust. Lions…dust. Women…not dust. (Random tidbit…God had Adam name all of the animals before he created Eve. Our God is so smart. Could you imagine how long it would have taken for Adam and Eve to agree on their names? We’d still be waiting!). So what does this mean, we are special and uniquely designed by God.
Look at Eve and God’s relationship further. She was special to God. He made her different. Not only that, but look at Genesis 2:21, “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.” Don’t miss the significance here. Adam was asleep when Eve was created. So Eve’s very FIRST relationship was with God. Eve’s identity is first found in a relationship with God.
So if Eve’s identity was first found in God, where did it all go wrong? Why did she eat the fruit? Women, Satan attacked Eve’s identity. Satan came to Eve and said, “Hey Eve, did God really say you couldn’t do that? I mean, c’mon Eve, forgiveness is better than permission, right? And God just doesn’t want you to eat that fruit cause he knows you’ll be as smart as he is.” (Author’s paraphrase…clearly Satan did not use contractions like c’mon). How did Eve respond to that? She began to focus on the one thing she perceived to not have and she thought she needed it. Eve bought into the lie and let her emotions take over. Remember what I said about women and our emotions…they are cray. And Eve let her emotions go cray and she focused on how she was feeling instead of facts found in God’s word.
Ok, so what?
Ok, so what does this mean for you and me? I mean, we can eat whatever fruit we want…pretty irrelevant, right? WRONG. Satan still tempts women like he first tempted Eve. He tempts us to find our identity in things over than God. Perry Noble gives seven common areas where Satan tempts us and where we try to find our identity: (1) appearance (2) our homes (3) their kids (4) our relationships—Listen girls, you need to quit feeling miserable because you are single. Singleness is a gift. You could lower your standards and find a guy, but then he’d be forbidden fruit and we see where that leads us (5) career (6) their religion (7) their past
So Satan is attacking our identity…how do we respond? Well, I have a very simplistic answer…remember these two truths: (1) In Christ I am priceless (2) In Christ I am complete.
Psalm 139:13 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. “ You were custom designed by the Creator of the Universe Psalm 113:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” AND God knew every foolish, sinful, crazy, self-centered decision you were going to make before He made you AND HE MADE YOU ANYWAYS and then he arranged payment for that sin to be made through the blood of his son, Jesus Christ. You know why, because he LOVES YOU!!!
If you only read one thing…READ THIS!
So to directly quote Perry Noble and leave you with this thought…”Never stand in the shadow of a blood-stained cross, stained with the blood of Jesus Christ, and tell God you’re not good enough.”
And because I know y’all like me to leave you with something funny…I bet Regina George didn’t feel good enough