God’s word wants to infuse every part of us. His word can penetrate every moment, every empty place. It can fill voids and empty clutter. His word can cut out the dross and pour in the salve.
I wrestle with lies. So do you. He offers truth (and freedom) to us both.
This past week I fought the lie that my purpose is small and insignificant. But the lie doesn’t stop there, the lie likes to shout that “I can’t do it and no one cares.” “Failure and rejection are sure to follow”, it shouted, “so why try”.
But then a still small voice says:
“I go before you and follow you. I place my hand of blessing on your head.” Ps. 139:5
“But what if I fail, what if I get rejected, what if it goes all wrong?” The lie continues. So what? What if you do? (You really need to read Joel 2) Here’s just a snippet:
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other;
“I will pour my Spirit on all people. “ Joel 2:25, 27 and 28.
It doesn’t matter whether you fail or succeed – it only matters that He is glorified first and foremost in your heart.
I also fought the lie that says I need to shrink back. “It is easier to compromise and hide than to stand and be heard”, it says. This lie has plagued me under the disguise of “keeping the peace”. I may have avoided confrontation or disagreement but I also avoided expression. This avoidance was like a cancer, killing the joy of living.
I chose to abide in this truth instead:
“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
And then I spent an afternoon with a bunch of women. (Take a deep breath – it really was as bad as it seems) And I began to wrestle with all of these lies again, only much more fiercely. All of the comparisons about my body, my family life, my home, my clothes, my livelihood, my marriage, my faith, … … all of these lies were there with me too. And they weren’t being nice. I wrestled long and hard with the big, nasty lie that broadcasts:
“I am not enough.”
I took this imprisoning lie to the cross, just like He challenged me to do in this Abide Journey. Guess what, I found a whisper of truth! I let His Words pour in through my walls of insecurity like an-unforeseen soaking rain. It took my eyes off of me and placed them where they belong. I am not enough, but He is.
“Hands up, hearts open wide as we cry, God we lift Your name high.
Let all the other names fade away, Let all the other names fade away.
Until there’s only You.
Let all the other names fade away,
Jesus take your place. Jesus take your place.”
“God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
So this being the first official post along this #abide journey I must confess, it has been a weird one. Honestly, I mean who takes pictures of their most vulnerable moments…. ??? But God invited me to challenge Him in taking His word at face value. I thought it would be fake, that I would feel like a walking list of platitudes, rote words repeated over and over again.
It’s not like that at all.
He has challenged me to really look at those fears, those insecurities, those dark places I want to forget and shine the light of His word into them. His word is alive and active. Try it!! Snap a photo when you want to hide, shrink back, or wallow in insecurity and then search that exact scene for God’s truth. It will crack your lens.
I am going brave and posting mine to social media – want to brave it with me and find freedom?
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