So I’m in Hamilton, Ontario this morning and staying with a new friend—Maureen—a woman I met yesterday. She has a backyard sanctuary where squirrels and chipmunks come to feast on the seeds she supplies. This is where I sit, sipping coffee at a glass patio table, reading the Word, and enjoying the breeze. Bliss. Calm before the rest of the weekend which begins by speaking at a banquet this evening.
This morning I read from one of my all-time favorite chapters. It amazes me how new insights pop off the page every time I read it. Here’s today’s nugget: “Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your law” (Psalm 119:29).
How easy it is to lie to myself—to justify behaviors and attitudes I don’t want to change. Here are a few examples:
- I need more stuff. A nicer couch, a better fridge, a newer car. If I had these things, then I’d be truly happy.
- I can’t physically get stronger and feel better as I age. The natural progression means it’s all downhill!
- The thoughts on which I linger don’t really impact my life.
Thankfully God has given me the privilege of having His written Word (and in multiple translations). Together with the Holy Spirit, it shows me the errors in my thinking and then reveals the truth.
- I don’t need more stuff. I do need to learn contentment (Philippians 4:12).
- I can enjoy good health despite the natural aging progression if I make wise choices and practice self-discipline. After all, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and deserves respect (1 Corinthians 6:19).
- The thoughts on which I linger matter big time. They ultimately determine the direction of my life. Therefore, fix my mind on what is true, honorable, and right (Philippians 4:8).
Living by God’s truth and in His light ensures His blessing and power in our lives. I much prefer this to living in lies and darkness. I’m sure you do, too.
So—what lies have you told yourself? How does God’s truth contradict them?
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