Today’s devotion was uncomfortable, can be uncomfortable. It talks about truth, and for those of us who fudge on the truth or outright like, it can make us very uncomfortable. This truth shouldn’t though. It is the truth that sets us free. The truth of this faith we say we follow.
Before I go any further let me define this word I’m talking about today. According to the dictionary, truth means, “a fact or belief that is accepted as true.” Wikipedia uses a similar definition. “Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or standard.”
So, truth is a fact or belief that is true. Isn’t that what we believe when we accept the truth of John 3:16? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is the hallmark verse of our faith, and one of the first ones many of us memorize, me included.
The question I want to ask today is why do people accept this verse as true, but not the verses that Jesus and God tell us about ourselves–the truths we should hold onto every second of every day.
There’s an easy answer to this question, especially if you read my post from yesterday. https://alisarussell.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/the-lies-we-believe/ We listen to Satan’s lies. We let Satan inundate us with every bad thing we’ve ever done. I’m as guilty of it as you are. Pain can overwhelm me when I am trying to do something for Jesus, and I let go of the good thing to hold onto the bad thing. I don’t want to hold onto the bad thing, and I’m sure you don’t either. But, we do. It’s part of being human.
I want to do better. I want to strive towards those other verses that tell us how Jesus wants us to live and what He wants us to believe about ourselves. This means I need to be reading and studying my Bible to see what nuggets of truth God wants to share with me. And there are so many nuggets. From verses in Psalms that explain how God wanted us to be born despite the circumstances we were born into to verses in Jeremiah that tell us God’s plan for us to verses in the New Testament that tell us about our true identity in Christ to verses in Matthew when Jesus confronts Satan in the wilderness, there is so much we need to commit to our hearts and minds.
There is one very big but (as my pastor likes to say 🙂 ) that we need to keep in mind though. We can read as much of the Bible as we want, but if we don’t make the choice to believe all of its words, all of its truths, every day, we will be stuck at the beginning and not receive the true abundance God wants for us. God doesn’t leave us alone while we are making this choice, and that is what we need to hold onto. I end with this prayer from the devotional we can all use as we are making the choice God wants us to make. “God, tell me the truth of who I am. I’m listening. I want to be free from the lies–do that for me. Rescue me. Bring truth like a waterfall.”
Praying God’s blessings on you all today!