I am hosting guest bloggers on my blog each Friday this month (there is a complete schedule at the bottom of this post), and today I am excited to have Christian author and speaker, Gail E. Dudley. Here’s what she has to say:
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” When we arrive at Genesis 1:27, we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” As we continue to read this chapter, we read in the last verse of this chapter, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
It’s all good. So, what’s up with the woman in Genesis 3? She allowed the enemy to whisper into her ears lies that filled her mind with false information. You already know the story that I will recap in my personal paraphrase. God said it was not good for man to be alone so He caused man to sleep and from man came woman. It was so good that Genesis 2:24 says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Then here comes the serpent, a slick, crafty, deceitful, and clever being. He trips the woman up by asking her, “Did God really say…?” After she opens her mouth to respond, he returns with these words, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” Back up! Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, the image of God.” This means that she was already like God. This is where we get things twisted. We allow others to speak some- thing into our lives to confuse us, even when we already know the truth. Come on. Let us study to show ourselves approved. It is important to know the Word so we don’t get tripped up. This is our challenge. We say we love God. We say we worship, adore, and praise Him. But do we really know Him and know His Word?
As you study God’s Word, you will discover God’s truth yourself, without leaning on the opinions and commentary of others. If we would study the Bible, we would be better prepared to respond if and when a response is needed. If we would spend time with God, we would know when someone is trying to deceive us and distract us from focusing on what is true.
Basically, the serpent was telling the woman that she was “less than.” He was telling her that she was not made in the image of God. And she like many of us will fall for the lie. We must put on the full armor of God and not allow others to feed us filth to where are minds are spinning out of control.
God said, “It’s good.” “It’s very good.” When are we going to believe Him and stop buying into the lies?
With a commitment to delivering messages that are both scriptural and applicable to real life situations, Gail E. Dudley shares the words that are spoken into her heart by the Holy Spirit and those same words are delivered directly from her heart to the listener’s ear.
Currently, Gail serves as a pastor at The Church at North Pointe, providing guidance, teaching discipleship studies, and overseeing multiple outreach efforts. She is also the Vice President of Diversity for Stonecroft Ministries, and works actively with the Mission America Coalition.
Gail is the wife of Reverend Dr. Kevin Dudley, senior pastor of The Church at North Pointe (Columbus, Ohio) and the loving mother of Alexander and Dominiq. Gail connects with people where they are and upon hearing her speak it is evident that Gail walks closely with the Lord, spends time daily in the word and seeks always to be ready to share God’s truth for transforming lives.
Guest Blogger Schedule:
November 4th: Shawn Lamb
November 11th: Dave Fessenden
Today: Gail E. Dudley
November 25th: Dennis De Rose