When I was young, I remember some hurtful things that were said to me. In 5th grade, some boys said I was stupid. I also remember trying to fit in with my peers but doubted that I did. Sometimes the voices were real, and other times, they were my own self doubt.
I think it’s important to analyze the “voices” in our lives. What are they saying, who is saying them, and most importantly, are they true?
This weekend, we read how the serpent used his voice to make Eve question what God said. His questions caused a shift in her focus, leading her to exaggerate the truth by adding to what God told her.
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
Eve exaggerated that she couldn’t even touch the fruit. That was not part of God’s instruction. We tend to exaggerate the truth too by telling ourselves lies that shift our focus. We tell ourselves that we would be happier if we had a new car or new house. We tell ourselves that our actions are innocent and not a big deal, but in reality, they are the beginning of a dangerous path.
This weekend, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said, “When you focus on the truth, it helps you avoid regret.” Instead of listening to voices in your life that say you are not good enough or that there isn’t anything special about you, listen to what God says is true about you.
And when you find yourself exaggerating the truth, ask God to help you see it more clearly.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
What truth are you exaggerating about God and/or others? Does it hold the proper authority?
If you believe a lie, confront it by getting clarity from the source. Turn your focus to God’s truth.
God, I am sorry for convincing myself of certain lies or exaggerating the truth. I convince myself that I need something or that a certain sin is not a big deal. You are the truth and the giver of life. You lead me toward life, God, but I won’t experience the life you intend for me by living in regret. Show me what it is you really say as I focus on the truth. I pray for a spirit of discernment to know whether it holds the proper authority. If it does not and will lead me toward a lie, I pray it would fall away. Each day, I pray that I will be reminded of what is most important so that I would not live life in regret thinking that you are holding out on me, when in reality, you want me to keep my focus on what is really true. Amen.
This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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