In Genesis 3:11, God asked a profound question of Adam and Eve, one we need to answer still today: "Who told you that you were naked?"
Who told you that you weren't good enough just the way God made you?
Who told you that you were unloved and unlovely?
Who told you that you would never be successful?
Who told you that you would never amount to anything?
Who told you that God is angry with you?
WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE NAKED?
Too many times in life, we fail to check the 'sent from' information on the packages of thoughts and emotions we receive spiritually. We accept whatever lie pops into our heads because our logic is, "It sounds like my voice, therefore it must be my thought."
Just think, in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had only ever heard three voices that we know of: God's, Adam's, and Eve's. Suddenly, there's this fourth voice, this other being in the Garden chatting with them. Could they speak with all the animals? Probable, very likely. But Scripture doesn't mention that in the Garden, it only mentions that they spoke with God and to each other. So, working on that assumption, that the animals did not speak with Adam and Eve, suddenly, we have this fourth voice on the scene.
Why did they instinctively trust the fourth voice when the Voice of Truth had been the only other voice they had ever heard?
I propose to you that satan (yes, purposely lowercase) knew then - just as he does now - exactly how to mimic God's voice. He was, after all, the one in charge of worship in Heaven. He was a walking musical instrument made of beautiful stones and ornately adorned. He had been given the position of bestowing upon the Lord all the honor He is due. If anyone knew how to duplicate God's voice, it would have been the archangel in charge of worship.
He didn't look like God, but he knew exactly how to influence thought and elicit a response from Adam and Eve through worship. Worship? Self-worship, self-exaltation, which is the original idol. The devil had been cast out of Heaven for exalting himself and longing to take God's place and receive worship for himself. In the Garden, he offered Adam and Eve what he himself longed for: to be like God. Even though they had been made in His image, they found themselves longing to be greater, even more glorious, and they exalted themselves above the Lord. So, they ate the fruit and committed high treason against the Lord.
The Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2:14 Eve was deceived, but Adam was not.
Why not? He had been around God's voice longer than Eve and had received the mandate regarding the forbidden fruit directly from God's own mouth (Genesis 2:16). He had heard the passion with which God had spoken. He knew God meant business. Eve heard the commandment from Adam, and much was lost in the communication of God's command.
So, when the serpent went to speak to Eve, she fell for his trap and invited Adam to join her in her deception. And he did.
Anytime we listen to a voice that is not the voice of our Lord or the good sense He has given us, we are crossing over into dangerous areas of deception.
It might be as simple as looking in the mirror and inwardly commenting on how tired you feel, how old you look, and how you just don't have the energy you used to have when you were younger.
That, my friend, is the lie of death creeping into the territory of 'life and life more abundantly' Jesus came for you to enjoy.
It could be a thought about how God is punishing you because something bad happened in your life, or feeling as if you will always fall short of God's standard and never please Him.
MY Bible says we have been made righteous and are now in right standing with the Father because of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross (Romans 5:1-2).
We need to know His voice intimately to recognize the lies the enemy whispers (and sometimes shouts!) to trap us.
God's Word will never lead you astray. And the next time the enemy tells you that you are naked, remind him of 1 Peter 4:8 and Genesis 3:21: Love covers a multitude of sins, and even in the Garden, God covered their nakedness with His love.