#WTUT stands for Who Told You That?
The question ‘Who Told You That?’ will become a question etched in your head. Every time you turn around you are going to be asking the question, “Who Told You That?” It is time to get to the root of the lies that have been holding you back.
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The chapter Very Good begins like this…
“Please allow me to cut through everything and get to the point of this book and work backward.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Over and over again throughout the first chapter of Genesis, God says, “Let us” and then He saw that “it was good.” 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.” Hold on. I’m about to get to the point. As we continue to read this chapter, we read these words again in the last verse of this chapter, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
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It’s all good. So, what’s up with the woman in Genesis 3? What in the world happened? She, like many of us today, allowed others 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. Yep, good. 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 something 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. You see, 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?
There are many methods to studying the Bible, however, I would like to call your attention to the “Inductive Study Method.” This method draws you into personal interaction with the Scriptures. Inductive Bible study consists of three components:
- Observation—“What does the passage of scripture say?” This is the foundation that must be laid first if you want to accurately interpret and have right application for God’s Word. It’s discovering what is being said—and this requires time and practice. Taking time to observe scriptures leads to correct interpretation and provides the foundation for personal application.
- Interpretation—“What does this passage of scripture mean?” The basis for accurate interpretation is always careful observation. This is the process of discovering what the passage of scripture means. As you observe Scripture, the meaning will become apparent. One effective way to discover the meaning of a passage is by examining key words and consulting related cross-references.
- Application —answers the question “How does the meaning of this passage of scripture apply to me?” This is usually the first thing we want to know. Application takes place as you are confronted with the truth and decide to respond in obedience to that truth.
As you use this method of study, you will discover God’s truth yourself, without leaning on the opinions and commentary of others. This method can be your personal discovery, which develops your confidence in understanding God’s message of love personally to you. In the back of this book under the section called, “DARE” you will have an opportunity to review the complete inductive study method.
Theologians would say, “Let us exegesis the text.” But in the words of Gail Dudley, “Let us break down the text.” The Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) that we should “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 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. If we would walk in the confidence of the Lord, we would be free from shame. If we would study His Word, we would be able to rightly divide the word of truth. We would be able to say, as Nehemiah said to the messenger sent to distract him, “There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing.” (Nehemiah 6:8, NLT) More on this in the next chapter, but for now, as we look back at Genesis 3, the woman fell into the serpent’s trap. The question is, Why?
Today, we will allow people to tell us that we are not created in the image of God. We will believe the lie that we are not “good enough.” We will respond to the lie by trying to prove that we are “good enough,” allowing others to know that they have rattled our foundation. Once we let people know that they have shaken us, watch out. They will continue to feed us filth, and if we are not careful, we will find ourselves with our minds spinning out of control.
Psalms 139 says, We are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” If that’s true, and God says that it is, then why do we walk around hopelessly confused about who we are? Why do we allow the enemy’s lies to take hold of us?”
[Copied directly from the chapter Very Good in Who Told You That? The Truth about the Lies by Gail Dudley]
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