Who Told You?

“Who told you that?!”

 

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When we hear something negative, wrong, evil, against a person we love, we have indignation in our hearts:  “What do you mean?  That’s not true, in fact, it’s a lie! Let’s get so-and-so here and see what he/she has to say about this.”  Then we tell the truth about the person falsely spoken of, using the Word of God at times as well to show how the Lord sees him/her (e.g., Col.2:10;  Song of Solomon 4:7;  Jer.31:3).  If our friend actually did what he/she has been accused of, we speak a greater Truth according to Isaiah 43:25; 44:22; Heb.8:12, etc.  The person gossiped about or being slandered could be a spouse, family member, friend, and it could even be a leader on the personal, local, state, or federal level.  But we’re instructed to not even hear or utter negativity against anyone (Titus 3:2).  Furthermore, we should be adamant in “attacking”, with Truth, the accusations of the devil, the world and our old sin nature, whether they be against us or others.  These accusations come in the form of thoughts, feelings, impulses, words;  but the counterattack always involves the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

 

“Who told you you were naked?” (Genesis 3:8)

 

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This was the second recorded question that God asked Adam and Eve after they disobeyed Him in the Garden.  The first was:  “Where are you?” i.e., “Where are you at in your thinking, your hearts?”  Because their hearts had lost their focus on the Lord and was now on self, they now were experiencing for the first time since their creation guilt, shame, and fear, and tried to hide from the One Whose Word they had violated, heeding a stranger’s voice above His.  Now thousands of years later, we experience the same effects of being fallen creatures.  BUT GOD!  He has raised up a standard against all that is not of Him and that is against us (Isaiah 59:19):  His thoughts, His Word (Jeremiah 29:11;  Psalm 139:17,18).  Now the “who’s” telling us anything contrary to what God says are faced with the a Standard that they cannot stand up to.  These “who’s” are the devil, the old sin nature, and the world system – and religion.  After the devil, the serpent, convinced Eve that God did not mean what He had indeed told her, he deceived her by telling her something that would separate her from the One Who had made her and Who loved her.  Then Adam bowed to what Eve told him, after she had eaten the forbidden fruit.  Now the old sin nature, born out of their disobedience, produced self-consciousness and a conscience plagued with guilt, shame and fear.  The “world system”, ruled by the prince of the power of the air, would now serve as a platform upon which satan would do his best to destroy lives through endless lies, in endless disguises and by all means available to him.  He would use thoughts, impulses and feelings, and words that would not impart Life.  He would seek to squelch all inspiration and cause people to surround themselves with multiple forms of stimulation – which would never be able to satisfy them – keeping them as far away as he could from the Only One Who can satisfy them in every way.

 

The world does not know who we are.

 

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In Acts 26:24 Paul was told by the Roman governor of Caesarea, Festus, in the presence of King Agrippa, “Paul, you are beside yourself!  Much learning has made you mad!”  Undoubtedly some of us have been told somethng similar since we decided to trust in and follow the Lord. The world system is the same today,  not recognizing or telling the Truth about Who Jesus Christ is nor about who we are in Him.  When the Pharisees “caught” the woman in adultery and brought her to Jesus, they treated her as an item, a tool, to promote their own religious agenda and to enhance their self-righteous self-esteem.  Likewise, when Simon the Pharisee saw Mary of Bethany wash Jesus’ feet with her tears and anoint them with precious oil, his religious frame of mind was offended and he spoke negatively against her to Jesus and even against Jesus Himself:  “If He were truly Who He says He is, He would know what manner of woman this is … .”  Other religious leaders of that time called Him an evildoer, a wine-bibber, a womanizer, liar, and blasphemer.

 

Sit, walk, and stand in the right place and with the right “who’s”.

 

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Consider in Psalm 1:1 where God admonishes us not to sit, walk, and stand:  “[Do not] walk in the counsel of the ungodly, [nor] stand in the path of sinners, and [do not] sit in the seat of the scornful.”  If we do, we will not be blessed;  but we don’t have to do these three things IF we will let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit be our provision and protection against them.  The Lord through His Word has shown us the alternative: (1)  We reckon that we are seated Above, together with Christ,  (Ephesians 2:6) far above the voices of the four enemies mentioned in the beginning of this writing;  (2)  We are standing in Grace (Romans 5:2) and we are “standing fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free” (Galatians 5:1);  and (3)  We are walking in Love as His dear children (Eph.5;2) and in the Truth (III John 3,4).

 

Let none of these “who’s” rob you of a full reward.

 

Paul warned the believers in Colossae to “Let no man [including your “old man”] cheat you of your reward … vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head …” (Col.2:18,19a).   The Apostle John likewise admonished “the elect lady and her children” (“which may refer to an individual and her family or to a church” – comment in the Amplified Version):  “Look to yourselves (take care) that you may not lose (throw away or destroy) all that we and you have labored for, but that you may [persevere until you] win and receive back a perfect reward [in full].” (II John 8).  If we are not discerning when various “who’s” are telling us who we are yet not according to the Truth of God’s Word, our lives will be sabotaged by their lies; and though we will certainly go to Heaven we will miss out on the joy of living in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and we will miss out on enjoying a full reward, including degrees of intimacy with our Savior, forever and ever.

 

 

 

When enemy “who’s” come in like a flood telling lies, we tell ourselves and others the Truth.

 

We need to pre-determine that we will measure every word, every “description” told us concerning who we are, according to the only Standard that the Lord has given us:  the Word and the Spirit of God – i.e., the Word of His Grace (Acts 20:32) and the Spirit of Grace (Zechariah 12:10), the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17).  Paul beautifully measured himself only by the Grace of God:  “I am what I am by the Grace of God” (II Cor.15:10).  This is why it is so vital to keep taking in, receiving, receiving, receiving the Word of God, and hide it richly, abundantly in our hearts.  Then we meditate upon what we have heard and read until we own it, so that when we are told outright lies against the Truth about who we are or anyone else is, we have the Standard ready to be raised up against the enemies of our souls:  the devil, the world system, and the flesh (old sin nature) – and we’ll add religion.  The Holy Spirit will always be faithful to remind us that ALL of the innumerable thoughts of God towards us are ALWAYS thoughts of peace and never of evil, never against the Truth (Psalm 139:17,18;  Jer.29:11).  So let us receive Grace to firmly fix our minds on those things that are ‘true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, that have virtue and that have praise’ (Phil.4:8), and to cast down all other thoughts and words that barrage us which do not come from the Heart and Mouth of the One with Whom we have to do, Who told us that we are all fair, and there is no spot in us (Song of Solomon 4:7)!

 

“Who do you say that I AM?” … Who do I say that you are?

 

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The Lord Jesus posed this question to His disciples nearly 2,000 years ago.  As most of us know, Peter answered precisely and correctly, revealing that he had believed not only what the Lord had told them regarding Who He is,  but also what the Father had revealed to him personally (Matthew 16:16,17).  Perhaps the Lord asks us this question as well until we finally believe what the Father reveals by His Word and the Spirit.  This persuasion is so important, because if we do not believe that He is exactly Who and What He says He is, we will not believe Him when He tells us who we are.  Perhaps even the Lord would ask us, “Who do I say that you are?”  How will we know not to believe the voices of the who’s that tell us lies about who we are?  We need the standard of what He, the Living Word of God, says about our unchanging identity in Him. We have the Mind of Christ.  Let’s let this Mind BE in us so that we don’t repeat the error of our federal head and his wife in the Garden:  dismissing what God has said and being deceived by what an enemy “who” tells us.