My fingers froze over the keys as I stared at the screen. I’d just caught myself in a bold face lie.
I don’t feel strong enough to go through this again Lord. At all. I can see Oh so clearly how you were preparing me for this and that is where the thankfulness comes in. But I don’t feel ready or prepared. I feel tired… my heart is weary.
I wanted to journal and say that I couldn’t walk this out; I was tired and not strong enough. Lie. It’s so much harder to believe a lie when you are journaling it.
I know I should not say or think that I am not ready, that is a lie. You are all I need. With you I am as ready as I need to be.
When we say that we can’t do something we are saying that God is not enough – that His grace and strength are not
sufficient. Since when did feelings dictate what was true or not?
The Devil is cunning, so cunning that he will never tell us a flat out lie, he only tells us half-truths. He knows we are too smart to believe a flat out lie, but a lie with some truth mixed in it? We will almost always believe that!
The truth is, I was tired, weary, and pitching a good ole hissy fit to the Lord. The truth is I can’t do it. But that is only a half-truth – the other half is that I can do it, in the Lord! By His grace and strength. 1 John 4:2-3 gives very clear direction on how to tell what is from the Lord and what is not. What we believe to be either a truth or a lie.
2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
The Devil will not acknowledge the Jesus Christ came in the flesh when he is whispering the lies (half truths) to us. The truth that I can do this through Christ acknowledges that Jesus came. That I cannot do this, is only true if Jesus had not come, and was not Lord of my life.
It’s a simple test. We are not good enough, strong enough, able, well, whole, or loving aside from Christ. That is truth, but never forget the rest of the story. Jesus came in the flesh so that we ARE victorious, good enough, strong enough, able, well, whole, and loving. Because of Him. We are bought with a price, we are not our own and neither is the reality we now live in.
Does your beliefs rest on the fact that Jesus Christ came in the flesh?