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Turning Around

texasFor those of you in cold climates, you might not understand the significance of what I’m about to write. This morning it was cold in Houston. And by cold… I mean BRRRRRR. Cold. Well, I am a Texan, so it may not have seemed that cold to some…but to me, it was cold. Arctic.  OK, well, maybe not that cold.

Anyway, I got dressed for work and was out the door on time. (Unlike yesterday.) Making a quick stop to get gas, I jumped out to fill up the tank and a gust of cold air blew through me. It.Was.Freezing. Had I dressed appropriately, it probably would not have seemed so cold. But when you decide to wear a lace top (um, did I mention I grew up in Texas?), it’s cold.  After getting the pump going, I got back into the warmth of my car. I sat there trying to decide whether or not I should risk being late to go home and actually dress for the weather.

At 47, you would think I could see the temperature on my phone and dress accordingly. You would think. But as a Texan,  in the back of my mind I’m always thinking it’s going to warm up, and then I’ll be hot. Even when the weather app says otherwise.

Isn’t that like my life, though? God gives me this amazing book that tells me exactly how to dress in Ephesians 6 –

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Yes, I’ve read that passage many times and have heard it even more. But do I really “dress for the weather”? The spiritual weather.

There are spiritual forces. Ones fighting for those who have asked Jesus into their hearts and ones fighting against those who have asked Jesus into their hearts. It may appear to be a person, a group, or a string of bad luck.

Satan wants Christians to believe that we’ve blown it. That we couldn’t possibly be used by God to do great things. Such a lie. But a lie I believe all the time. Because I do blow it. We all do, because we are human.

Fortunately this morning, I decided to go back.

Ten minutes later, I was wearing clothing that fit the cold weather, not something that would have been great for “cool” weather. And right now I’m thankful I did…because it’s still cold outside. Even with all the sunshine.

I need to remember to go back in the mornings and put on my spiritual armor, too.  It’s much easier to do, since I don’t actually have to turn around… except in my mind. But too often, I do not.

God would not have told us about armor if we didn’t need it. And without it we are left in the cold. Open for things and people to “blow through” us.  His laws are always to protect His people. Always.

What is Your Lie?

I’m not sure when the lie entered my life. But make no mistake, I have one and most likely you do as well. Maybe, like me, it’s more than one thing. Words that are whispered to your deepest, darkest places; probably something you would cringe to hear if you heard someone else say but you’ve come to believe it and live out of it even when your desire is the opposite.You may even have come to a place where you recognize you actually have it and still it remains.

You may even have read several books, written a blog, cried to a friend, talked to a counselor, prayed every night and still you struggle. Struggle with that one lie that just will not go away.

Last night I dreamed about one particular lie and was crying in my dream. Crying, because although in my dream I knew it was a lie, I could not believe the truth. When I awoke I was still crying. How can something be that powerful? Powerful enough to reside in my mind and haunt me in my sleep?

There are words that build up and words that tear down. “Your” lie will tear you down every time. It will make you believe the worst of yourself and cause you to believe that if anyone knew the “real you”… well, you know the rest. Yeah. Been there – bought the souvenir shirt and the overpriced food.

My guess is that your lie took up residence in your heart sometime in your teens. You probably didn’t even notice you had a “for rent” sign on your heart, much less that it had been taken down. Before you realized it the lie came in with all its furniture and accessories, redecorated, and settled in for life. A tenant that would put even the worst college roommate to shame.

Your lie may sound something like one of these:

  • You will never find a friend
  • No one will understand you
  • You are not beautiful
  • You’ve done too much to ever go back
  •  “Those people” do not care about you
  • You are alone
  • You are not that smart
  • You need someone to be happy
  • You are ugly
  • If you had more _____ you’d be happy (money, education, children, vacations, etc)
  • You are overweight/too skinny
  • No one could love you
  • No one will forgive you for that
  • If people really knew you, they wouldn’t be your friend
  • No one will know
  • Things will never change
  • I don’t deserve better
  • It’s only once. It will not hurt you.
  • It’s not that bad

Scary how easily most of those rolled off the top of my mind.

Fortunately there is a way to kick the lie(s) to the curb and fill that spot with something else. Filling your mind with God’s word and repeating His truths when the lies come will make them pack up and leave.

Truths like…

  • Psalm 139:13-14 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  • Romans 8:38-39 – I am sure that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 – He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
  • John 8:31b-32 – If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
  • Hebrews 13:6 – The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Memorizing God’s truth so it’s with you at all times will be the only way to defeat the lie because it will come to you when you’re most vulnerable… even in your sleep.