Monday, April 11, 2011

The Truth

I feel a little “soap box” coming on this morning. I apologize for what may seem preachy, but from the heart, the mouth (or typing fingers) speaks! My recent personal devotions have focused on finding God’s truth. Hang on, friends, and remember that this rant is directed toward me!

We are subject to lies that we believe about God, ourselves, the way we think our lives should be, relationships, our eternity, etc. In addition, we have an enemy who desires to deceive and keep us in a perpetual state of confusion. Yet, many of us refuse to arm ourselves with the only weapon we have. WHY is it so hard to spend time in God’s Word equipping our hearts and minds with everything He wants us to know? WHY, if there is full truth recorded just for us, do we refuse to take the time to learn it? God’s Word is fully available to us in written form, on the Internet, smart phone apps, e-book downloads and even audio for our I-pods! WHY is it so unimportant, even to Christians?

Remember, there is an enemy who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). How can we fight such a battle without the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (Eph 6:17)? How can we rely solely on our experiences and our faulty, human emotions to be our guide?

OK – that is enough yelling and I believe it is time for some grace. Each of us is in a different season of life. God knows that perfectly. I am preparing to become an empty nester. My friend, Carmen, just adopted infant twins and a month ago had no idea that motherhood was in her immediate future! Our lives and schedules are completely different but we must each take steps to be purposeful and diligent in carving out time for Him. Jesus did.

Empty nester – stop relying on your old excuses! Turn off the television, step away from the Internet, and dig deep in to the truth of the Word!

New, sleep deprived Mom – during naptime, ask the Lord to show you one verse that you can write on a note card each week. Post that card in a highly visible place and meditate on that one verse as you’re nursing.

Career Woman – purchase an audio version of the Bible and listen to the truth as you drive to work. It doesn’t have to consume your entire commute – just a few minutes of focused listening to His Word can completely change your day!

Soccer Mom – a pocket-sized Bible is perfect for reading for a few minutes on the bleachers. Think of the witness you will provide to those around you!

All of us – how about reading the Word to close our day? How sweet would our sleep be if God’s Word were the last thing our eyes saw before sleep?

You get the picture. If you can, dive in and dive deep. If you simply can’t at this season in your life, take a purposeful step to get the Word of God in you somehow, some way. You won’t be sorry. Knowing Him through His Word will bless and equip you for the battles of life.

John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth. Thy word is truth (NAS).

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