“What if they were right? What if I really am a crappy writer and I don’t have any discernment or wisdom? I am clearly unqualified to write this Bible study.” As soon as the words came out of my mouth I knew they were lies. I knew they were labels I had been carrying around for years…even though all evidence pointed to the contrary. My head knew. But my heart was still struggling to erase the memories.
My husband looked at me like I had 3 heads and said, “Who said that to you?” I replied, “You know.” Wanting to avoid the question he would ask me next. “Say it out loud. Who said that to you.” I started to cry as I listed the names of the leaders who had spoken death over me and my gifts.
What you might not realize is that God takes shame and self-image very seriously-especially the lies and the labels. He created you in His image and you reflect His character and His attributes.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them. male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
No one else has the power to change the masterpiece He created you to be. But, if you are being honest, how often have you given that power away? How often do you struggle with what someone has said about you- even decades ago? How many lies gnaw away at your rightful calling and destiny? How many labels define you even though you know deep down they are lies? I can bet you have more lies and labels than you probably care to think about.
Earlier this week as I was writing some of the content for the Unbroken Faith Coaching Group and Bible Study I came across an interesting verse that I’ve read a million times…but upon further investigation I stumbled across something that rocked me to my core.
“And he said to them, “Who told you that you were naked?” Genesis 3:11
As I was reading I noticed that the word “Naked” was used four different times between Genesis chapter 2 and Genesis chapter 3. Repeated words are a big deal in the Bible so I grabbed my huge concordance (the one I paid an arm and a leg for in college-and thought I’d never use again LOL!) and discovered something amazing!
- Genesis 2:25 is the Hebrew word “ārum” which means naked, stripped.
- In 3:7, 10, and 11 the Hebrew word is “erōm” which means naked, or nakedness.
The words are very similar but how they are used is not. The word used in Genesis 2:25 is used as an adjective the word used is 3:7, 10, and 11 is a noun . In case it’s been awhile since you were in English class, a noun is a person, place, or thing and an adjective is a word or phrase that describes or modifies a noun. That means when Genesis 2:25 described Adam and Eve as naked it is just describing an attribute of them. They were naked. You could be saying their hair is brown.
But, after they eat from the tree, and shame enters in, the word naked switches to a noun. All of a sudden what was supposed to be a part of their identity becomes their entire identity.
God couldn’t leave them with an identity of sin and shame and so he put in motion the plan to send His Son to the world to save them from this crisis.
Let me ask you a question…Who told you that you were broken? Who told you that you were damaged, incapable, not smart enough, unworthy, or that you can’t? Shame is an incredibly powerful tool Satan uses to keep God’s girls stuck in an endless cycle or doubt and ineffectiveness. He has been using this tactic since the Garden of Eden and it’s time to make it stop. Dear friend, he wants you to be set free from this shame too. You are not broken. You are His masterpiece.