January 15, 2009

January 15–Truth-Thinking Will Set You Free!

Christianity is a thinking activity. As followers of Jesus, each of us needs to make an intentional choice to to get to know what the Word of God says. We need to make an intentional choice to trust God’s grace, truth and love. We need to make an intentional choice to receive God’s salvation, transformation and power made known to us through a relationship with Jesus. 

Every new day, every one of us must make an intentional choice to hold fast to God’s truth. And live it out. Intentionally–every new day. Then we will know the freedom of God’s loving, life-giving truth as we are set free for all eternity…one victorious day at a time.

Now that’s something to think about!

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32

Personal Reflections from Sylane                                                                             Being a follower of Jesus is not about passive, blind trust. Trusting God completely–YES–that would be God’s desire for us. But our faith is not to be an un-thought-out faith. And certainly not an inactive, unseen faith. 

Being a follower of Christ is a thinking activity. And involves making informed, intentional decisions based on God’s freedom-bringing truth.

How does God’s truth free?? Oh, my goodness! In every way possible–for our daily lives and our eternal salvation! 

What holds your mind? What are the thoughts filling your head and directing your words and actions, even your body language?

Is your mind held by thoughts based on God’s truth, His love and life-giving freedom?

Or is your mind held by thoughts based on your feelings, perceptions, assumptions and fears? 

I know that for a lot of years  my mind was absolutely held in the vice-grip of all kinds of feelings, perceptions, assumptions and fears that had absolutely nothing to do with the TRUTH of God. These would be called LIES! 

Oh, there were reasons for how my mind got to be held by those lies instead of by God’s truth. All kinds of abuse, rejection, rape, insecurity, pride, selfishness, sin, shame. No matter what my reasons were (or are) they do NOT change God’s truth. However! God’s truth did change–and will continue to change–me.  

What are some of God’s truths that killed the powerful vice-grip of lies holding my head?  What are some of God’s truths that I had to intentionally choose to believe are more powerful than the loud and twisted lies that were squeezing the life out of my mind and spirit? Glad you asked!

The Biggies: God loves me. God loves me so much more than my parents ever could (or anyone else, for that matter). God’s love drives out all fear. Jesus died for my sins AND my shame. I’m going to live forever. God knows me intimately. God understands me completely. God is my protector and defender. God is my hope. God speaks. God wants me to listen. There is peace and joy in obeying God. I am never, ever alone. I am never without help. I am filled with the Spirit of the Living God. Through the love of Jesus I am more than a conqueror.  Nothing will ever separate me from God’s love.

These are just a few of God’s lie-killing, freedom-bringing truths. I told you they were Biggies!

My part (and your part) in being set free is to: know God’s truth , believe God’s truth and hold fast to God’s truth.

Christianity is a thinking activity. Choosing intentionally what Jesus offers to each of us: the Truth-Thinking that will set us free!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane