Naked and Afraid

We’ve all experienced it at least once in our lives.

That embarrassing moment you just can’t seem to shake out of your mind.  Maybe it was that moment when you were spending quality time with friends, telling them a fantastic joke or sharing an impressive story—when all of a sudden someone interrupts you and points out the large piece of “something green” stuck in your teeth.  Uhhh, embarrassing.  How long was it there for?  Who noticed?  Awkward…

Or maybe it was when you were in 3rd grade and you took a quick bathroom break, only to return to your classroom unaware that part of your uniform skirt was stuck in the waistband of your Minnie Mouse underpants.  It happens, believe me… it happens.

We’ve all felt it.  Shame.  Embarrassment.  Fear.  Rejection.

We’ve all had people speak into our lives at some point or another, whether it’s our parents, teachers, our grandparents, or even our friends.  Sometimes those words spoken over us (and to us) are a blessing—words that build us up and propel us forward into greatness.  Other times, those words become scars that we wear on the walls of our hearts and minds that constantly remind us of our short-comings and failings—that nothing we do will ever be enough.  Words are powerful—they can ignite a spark of empowerment or extinguish a passionate flame within a person’s spirit.  Jesus knew the power of words—He used a few simple ones to cast out countless demons and to calm a raging storm.  But He’s not the only one.  The enemy is also an experienced orator.

This week a friend of mine reminded me of a specific passage from the Genesis story.  She knew I was battling with finding my true identity and worth in Christ (because hey, we all have those moments).  She knew I was believing the lies that the enemy had been speaking into my life for so many years—the lies that said I was still guilty, that I wasn’t loved, that I was alone, that I failed, that I’ve been rejected, that I needed to make up for all of my past mistakes.  I was falling into a trap of lie after lie and I was forgetting the simple truth of who I am in Christ.  So, my friend stepped in at just the right time to remind me of a significant truth.  The mind is a battlefield, and the battle for my identity began at the beginning of time… before I was even born.  The war has been won, but the battle still rages on—and it’s time I fought back.

You all know the Genesis story—God said “don’t do that” and man did that.  Whoops.  The enemy had shown up to infuse man’s mind with doubt (like he aways does) by asking, “did God really say…,” and man fell for it.  After Adam and Eve royally screwed up in the Garden of Eden, they felt shame and they hid because they realized they were naked.  (Quick reminder—up until this point, man walked with God openly and freely and totally stark butt naked without any issues.)  Then God shows up (as He always does), and asks, “Where are you?”  Adam answers Him by saying, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid.  I was afraid because I was naked.”

Now check this out… this is very important.  God responds to Adam’s comment by saying, “Who told you that you are naked?”

Did you guys catch that? If you didn’t, read it again…

Who.  Who told you.  Someone told them.  Someone spoke and filled man’s mind with shame and guilt and fear.  Someone made them doubt.  Someone made them feel less than worthy because of their nakedness.  Someone condemned Adam and Eve.  Someone made them feel inadequate… someone made them hide.  Who… 

There’s a quote that says, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Well, the enemy’s been using the same old tactics he’s always used from the beginning of time—because they work.  Except instead of telling us that we are naked—he tells us that we are useless, guilty, and flawed human beings incapable of being worthy of any sort of love.  And in the process, not only are we blaspheming who God says we are—we are also blaspheming the Creator Himself since we were created in His image.  We are a reflection of our Creator—we express and display His qualities and characteristics inside and out.  Everything we are… is because of who He is.

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So what do we do?  How do we stop falling for this trap of deception?  How do we fight back?  Well, to identify a lie—we must be able to discern the truth from the lie.  We must renew our minds and renew our focus.  The unshakable truth that we hold onto as Christians is found in the Word of God, which is also called “the sword of the Spirit” by Paul in Ephesians 6.  So if we want to counterattack the enemy—we can’t just carry our weapon around limply in our hands, we must use it to fight back with boldness and confidence.  When we look to the Scriptures (our sword), we discover the reality of who God says we are in Christ.  Here are just a few truths that we can hold on to when we are faced with deception and doubt:

We are precious.  We are royalty.  We are forgiven.  We are justified.  We are accepted and approved.  We are beautiful.  We are known.  We are never alone.  We are worthy.  We are blameless and righteous.  We are beloved.  We are protected.  We are chosen, not rejected.  We are His.  

No take backs.  No expiration dates.  No undo button.  All because of Jesus.  

So, take that back to hell and choke on it, Satan…

8 Comments on “Naked and Afraid

  1. Wow! That was brilliantly written and true. I needed to hear this message today. Thank you for your transparency and willingness to share. God is already using you as He used you to encourage me.

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  2. Oh my, Sam.  First you grab our attention with the titles of your blogs, then you hit us with the words that absolutely dispel any doubt that God Loves Us!  You remind us that “sticks and stones….but words can never hurt us!”  Wow is thatnot true.  We can do such harm with words, doesn’t Proverbs warn us over and over?One of Papa Albert’s favorite quotes was from Al Khattab.  (Sometimes attributed to OmarIbn, Al Halif)   “Four things come not back:                      The spoken word;                      The sped arrow;                      Time past;                      The neglected opportunity.”How often do we wish we could take back the words, etc.  Thank you again Sam, such words of wisdom from someone so young.  You never cease toamaze me.

    Love you so much.

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  3. Another one for “the book” Sam…..

    You know “that book” or “that bible study curriculum” or “that spoken word”that will one day emerge from all your heartfelt amazing words written and offered to the world…

    Seriously. girl. you. have. a. GIFT.

    Can’t wait to see ALL He’s gonna do with it!!!

    From: OneHeart2Worlds <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: OneHeart2Worlds <comment+crg-8kg9qew97kvq5oowqhl@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:50 AM To: Lysa <lysa@calvaryftl.org> Subject: [New post] Naked and Afraid

    Sam Stokesberry posted: “We’ve all experienced it at least once in our lives. That embarrassing moment you just can’t seem to shake out of your mind. Maybe it was that moment when you were spending quality time with friends, telling them a fantastic joke or sharing an impressiv”

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  4. Sam, thank you so much for allowing our Heavenly Father to work through you and to touch the lifes of others, even if you do not know them and they do not know you. Thank you for your willingness. God truly blessed you with a beautiful gift- thank you for using it to give back to others.

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