To this day, I can still vividly remember a TV interview with Lady Margaret Thatcher. When told by the reporter that “some people were saying that she was pig-headed”, she replied “who said that, when and where?”. The reporter tried to push her again on the statement. She just reiterated “who said that, when and where”. With no substantiation for the statement, the reporter was left floundering. Lady Thatcher was not going to be taken down by hearsay comments. If she was going to answer them, they’d had to be factual. And being called pig-headed is not something she’d tolerate anyway.
Who said that?
In the Garden of Eden, God asked Adam, the same thing – “Who told you that you were naked?”. Who said that? God knew that another voice had been in the garden deceiving and lying to the Adam and Eve.
In the same way, when we hear thoughts in our heads telling us we’re not worthy, we’re not beautiful enough, clever enough, able enough, good enough, we need to ask “who said that?”
I think we’ll find that voice belongs to the enemy. The same voice that made Adam and Eve doubt God’s goodness to them. The same voice that tried to challenge Jesus’ identity in the desert with the question “If you are the Son of God…” (Matthew 4:6). Jesus sent the enemy packing by firmly stating His identity – “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test”.
God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35). He declares that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). He promises us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
We are chosen, we are God’s children, we have every spiritual blessing. We have the promise of life.
So next time that voice starts speaking – be like Margaret Thatcher – strongly hold your position and send Him packing!