Have you ever wondered what Eve looked like? We know she was created in the image of God, but that doesn’t really help us to create an image of her in our minds. Maybe she was a brunette with beautiful brown eyes with a nose that turned up just a tiny bit and dimples that appeared ever so slightly when she smiled. Or maybe her hair fell in blonde curls around her shoulders and her eyes were as blue as the sea that lit up when she laughed and the most beautiful complexion you’ve ever seen. I’m sure in God’s eyes she was absolutely beautiful – and probably Adam’s too – no matter the color of her hair or her eyes, or the shape of her nose. I’m also pretty sure there were no insecurities to be found in her. I’m sure she didn’t think her hair was too straight or too curly, or her nose was too long or her mouth not the right shape. I don’t imagine she ever thought of herself as not quite good enough, that is until that subtle, crafty serpent came on the scene. We all know the story, but let’s look at it in a slightly different view.
When Satan showed up, doubt showed up. He started out with the question “Did God really say you couldn’t eat from every tree in the garden?” He twisted what God had told Adam and Eve just enough to get her thoughts going. Eve knew exactly what God had said, as she repeated back to Satan what God had told them. However, he had planted what I’m going to call a “thought seed” that started the ball rolling in her head and caused her to ultimately doubt what God had told them. With that seed planted, he brought out the watering can – “Surely you won’t die. What does that mean anyway? You know, the truth of the matter is God knows if you eat of that tree your eyes will be open and you’ll be just like Him.”
Now we don’t know from scripture the whole thought process that was going on in Eve’s head, but what if it went something like this: “Hmmm, I could be just like God. You know, I’ve never noticed it before but there are some areas I could improve on that could make me better than what I am now.” Then she looks at the tree and her senses kick in. The Amplified puts it this way – “She saw that the tree was good – suitable and pleasant – for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise.” (Genesis 3:6) It was as that moment she bought into the lie of the enemy, and her eyes were surely opened, and we as women have been buying into the lie ever since – not good enough.
We want to be delightful to look at. We want to be desired, and yes, as women we do. I believe God created us that way. However, when we start doubting God’s creation because we don’t measure up according to the world’s standards then we’ve bought into the lie that we’re not “good enough”. Our head is filled with all of our shortcomings and we begin grasping for all the things the world offers. We check out all the fad diets, change our hair color and even the color of our eyes, but to what end? Please don’t get me wrong here, I have nothing against makeup or coloring your hair and taking care of yourself, but not to the extent of trying to change who you are or in an effort to “measure up.” We need to accept the person that God created us to be.
I’ve read some really good blogs this week that pertain to this same matter and according to the comments that have been posted, this is an all too common issue with women, and I find myself wishing I had the one right word or the one right phrase that would go right the heart of every woman reading this. With that said, I think if we go back to the garden and look at how Satan planted that one “thought seed” that caused Eve to doubt not only God’s instructions but also herself, we’ll see the root of the problem. Very simply put, a thought. Often the enemy will very subtly slip a thought in our mind that we’re not good enough, and he’ll do in such a way that will catch our attention in a very personal way. He might bring to our remembrance something someone said to us, and like he did with Eve, ever so slightly twist it just enough that it begins to consume our minds to the point that everything we’ve heard and learned about who we are in Christ gets pushed back in left field somewhere. It may be memories from the past that come in out of the blue and flood our mind. Sadly, for some of us we’ve harbored these thoughts and believed these lies for years.
Something as simple as a thought; a thought that should have been checked at the door. So what do we do with these thoughts? Second Corinthians 10:5 says “We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.” (Complete Jewish Bible). I’ll share with you an analogy I heard a few weeks ago. We put a bouncer at the door of our mind and every time a thought comes that’s contrary to the Word it gets kicked out, and then we replace it with the Word. Here are a few you can start with: Ephesians 1:4, Psalm 139:13-14, 2 Corinthians 5:21. Get in the Word and find scriptures to replace the lies of the enemy, write them down on note cards and put them where you can see them throughout the day. This may be a constant battle for a while, but Romans 12:2 says “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” (Just as a side note here, the Greek word for transformed means “metamorphosis” – like from caterpillar to butterfly!)
I encourage you to take a stand against the enemy, refuse to entertain the thoughts and lies he brings to the door of your mind. Kick them out!! Never doubt God and the person He created you to be. God very intricately created every part of your being, so embrace that woman and dare to see yourself in the Father’s eyes!
Father, I pray for a renewing of the mind for those who have taken in and believed the lies of the enemy, and that there would be a true transformation that will take place. I pray that they would be aware of any thought that tries to come in that is not from You and they would immediately kick it out and think on Your Word. Lord, bring to their remembrance scriptures that would defy every lie that comes from the pits of hell. I thank you Lord that our strength is in You and You cause us to triumph in all things. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen!
“For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].” (Philippians 4:8, Amplified)