Lies Seem True the Longer We Live in Darkness
Years ago I led a mission trip to Bermuda. Yea, I know. You are thinking a mission trip to a beautiful island? Well, people there need a relationship with Jesus, too. One night I was walking back to the home where I was staying during the trip. There were no lights as I walked and every sound produced fearful thoughts that I was about to be jumped. Soon, I saw a dark figure headed straight for me. My thoughts raced just as fast as my heart. "Here it comes" I thought. I am definitely going to get jumped. As this island native approached, I prepared for fight or flight. Then...he said, "Hello" and kept walking. I had believed lies because in the darkness of the night my thoughts seemed like reality. While believing those lies, my feelings were following right along and made what I believed seem even more true. This story illustrates our spiritual lives. The longer we live in darkness in any area of our lives, the more the lies in our head seem true. Let me give you some examples of common lies Christians believe. "I have to obey God for Him to bless me and love me." Not true. We obey God because we are responding to our confidence that He already loves us and has already blessed us in Christ with everything we need to live our lives. "What I do defines who I am." Not true. My spiritual birth defines who I am. My faith in Christ gave me a new spiritual birth. Knowing who I am in Christ will directly affect my behavior and obedience to God." "I am sinning and disobeying God because I am not committed enough to Him." Not true. While we certainly need to be 'submitted' to God, being more committed to God often means deciding that we will try harder to obey Him. Instead, we need to ask Christ to live His life through us so we can obey God and His Word. Jesus said in John 8:32, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free". If His truth sets us free then what keeps us imprisoned? Obviously lies! Why don't we ask God to show us the lies we are believing about Him, ourselves and others so He can replace those with His truth. Until next time remember He loves us!