Living in truth is not easy these days. Actually, it’s never been easy, but we are more aware of it in 2021. Maybe it’s just because I’ve lived a lot of years and understand it more, but I am more aware than ever that truth seems elusive
We are basically pawns in the middle of a galactic battle of the ages. The battle is definitely between good and evil. I am talking about a spiritual war that seems to be heating up and we aren’t even aware of it.
Jesus called out the thief of our souls in John 10:10. The devil is out to do what thieves do mainly steal, kill and destroy. But the great part of that verse is where Jesus tells us what His strategy is. It’s to give us everything in abundance, life until it overflows. That’s our destiny in Christ.
The devil has made it his job to erect barriers to make sure we don’t receive God’s blessings. He will steal them, destroy them or kill them if he can. He was working hard to do all of those things in my life. He was stealing my physical health by tempting me with rich, decadent desserts and comfort foods.
He was destroying any possibility of me achieving my dreams because I was giving in to those temptations and gaining weight. This resulted in me barely making it through the day dragging around the unnecessary pounds attached to my body. He knew this would eventually kill me, but I was partnering with him to allow it to happen. It was a truth that was hard for me to accept.
Living In Lies
Though the attacks evil throws at me seem personal, I realize it is not me he is after, but the God who lives in me. He attacks soldiers of the King to eliminate them from fighting the good fight, (1 Timothy 6:12 NLT). Despite what many might think, Christians can be bound for heaven and stuck in strongholds at the same time.
God is always fighting for us, but we are not always fighting for ourselves. In many situations, we open the door and invite evil in. We don’t always know what we are doing at the time. We excuse away our actions by saying, “It’s just this one time.”
One time leads to another and we are hooked in a lifestyle because we want to justify doing what we want. All of a sudden we are living our lives based on the lies of the enemy.
Eating What the Enemy Fed Me
When I no longer cared what I ate or how much weight I gained, when I thought I needed a treat just to get through the day, when I ignored all the warning signs, when I stopped listening to the still, small voice, that’s when I had allowed myself to be controlled by something other than God.
I had opened the door to believe the lies Satan had thrown at me. This was the beginning of allowing evil to set up strongholds in my life which led me to medicate with sugar. I indulged in what became an addiction in order to forget about what I didn’t want to deal with.
I did this based on the lies the enemy fed me. Although they taste delicious at first, they become poison the longer I indulged.
Truth To the Rescue
Lies can only be defeated by the truth, and not just truth that we have memorized and can recite, but truth that God illuminates to us and becomes part of the very fabric of our being.
Breaking free of lies is impossible on our own. We first have to recognize we are living in a house of cards that can topple at any moment. This is hard when we’ve been carefully constructing our dream house built of what we think are pretty little lies.
I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God wanted my strongholds broken. He wanted the foundational lies I was believing to be replaced with His experiential truth.
I had to learn how to fit all my loose thoughts, emotions and impulses into the structure of life shaped by God’s Son, Jesus. Instead of believing lies, I had to take my thoughts, feelings and impulses captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5 NIV)
Keys For Freedom
We hold the keys for freedom. Our freedom hinges on knowing, accepting, trusting and experiencing the truth of who Jesus is. It’s not just cognitively knowing that He died for us. We must experience the truth of how He changes the entire trajectory of our lives.
Jesus said it this way, “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are My disciples for sure. Then you are My disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you,” (John 8:32 MSG).
Experiencing truth is when truth moves from our heads to our hearts and then out to our hands and feet as we live it out by following Him obediently, every day.
Living In Truth
If we want to live out the truth of Jesus, we can’t keep doing what everyone else is doing without even thinking (Eph. 4:17-19 MSG). When we do this, we lose touch with the way Jesus wants us to live our lives.
Don’t be disheartened, though. Jesus is more than ready to lead us back to the truth no matter how scary it seems. Facing the lies I believed and getting to the core issues propping up those lies has been one of the most freeing things I’ve ever done, but it wasn’t easy.
We must be willing to do anything to change what we have been relying on other than God. We must commit to transformation. This is the first step to living completely in God’s truth.
For more on this topic, listen to podcast episode 69 HERE.