Putting on The Truth

You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, 
lights up my darkness.
Psalm 18:28

Woke up this morning to what has become a 'normal' summer day in Sitka, Alaska for 2012. Fifty degrees, overcast and drizzling, low clouds hiding the mountains. Opened my window, inhaled deeply, appreciating the aroma of the rain forest outside my bedroom window. "Thank you Lord for another beautiful day". There is an immense beauty in the green that the rain feeds. I only wish I could share the smell with you, earthy sweet delicious goodness. I really don't know the words to use, just a really great smell.

Sitting with my coffee, Bible in hand, you would think I would be doing great on a morning like today. The truth is my mind is feeling lost, I am not thinking clearly and my head kind of feels like it might burst with the emptiness of coherent thought. I have been experiencing this frequently lately, a kind of stall in my brain. And I feel like I can't get it started. Then I start thinking that maybe this is the first sign of mental illness. Then I start to panic a bit, and then I fling myself on my Savior, and beg for help. Well, in the midst of this scene this morning, I began to try to strengthen myself in the Lord, read His Word, read it like I believe it, even though, at the moment, I really don't feel like I do. And then something divinely magical begins to happen, Words begin to come to life before me................. 

As I sit here typing, I am reminded that He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. Of course He came to me this morning, it is more like the clouds began to part and revealed my Lord, right there, right next to me. The fog is sometimes so thick you can't see past the tip of your own nose. But He never left. I panicked. I thought He was gone. I believed a lie. I felt lost and unsteady and all for what, nothing my friend, nothing. He will never leave me. He will never leave you. Whether we believe the Truth or not, He is still there. Wow. Of course, I know, every slightly mature Christian knows, we can't trust our feelings, we can't trust our heart. Faith is the substance of the UNSEEN. Yet, I still get so caught up in my feelings. I have been alive long enough to know that I am not alone in this, this is a common struggle for most of us. We allow our feelings to become our reality, especially when our minds start backing them. And that is what the Holy Spirit taught me this morning. Don't let your thoughts validate your feelings. FLEE!! Run to Your Refuge, your Rock, your Shelter. The promises are there. Read, believe and trust them. Wash your mind with the Word of God.

I love You,  Lord;
You are my strength.
The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and Savior;
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is the Shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. 
I called upon the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
And He saved me from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3

And in the midst of my flailing, He showed me a picture of my inheritance, my rights as His beloved. To allow myself to wallow in self doubt and destructive thoughts and fear and anxiety is a sure sign that the enemy of my soul has the upper hand. This is the mind set we have been given, this is the power that God gives us, this is His will for us. This is where the rubber hits the road. This is truly believing:

I chased my enemies and caught them!
I did not stop until they were conquered!
I struck them down so they could not get up.
They fell beneath my feet.
You have armed me with strength for the battle.
You have subdued my enemies under my feet.
You placed my foot on their necks.
I have destroyed all who hated me.
They called for help but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to the Lord, but He refused to answer.
I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
You gave me victory over my accusers!
...as soon as they hear of me, they submit.
...They lose all their courage and come trembling from their strongholds.
Psalm 18

Do you hear it? Do you see? (Every time I read this I get this superhero picture in my mind, of me standing with one foot on my enemies neck, cape flying in the wind at my back, my left hand on my hip, and my right hand raised above my head grasping a glittering sword. Victory!) We are not helpless. We are not overcome! The TRUTH is plain to see. Believe the Truth.  I am reminded of a verse in the New Testament that talks about the violent taking the Kingdom of Heaven by force. We must be aggresive. We do not fight a passive enemy. He is a lion, prowling, looking for someone He can devour. Wake up!!!! We have not lost. We are not defeated. The enemy, the father of lies is working hard to convince us otherwise. We must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, submit to Him, and watch the devil flee from us! Submission to God is so simple, so simple that we miss it. We over complicate the life of a believer. Do you hear me? The life of a believer is to simply BELIEVE!! Believe God's promises.

God's way is perfect.
All the Lord's promises prove true.
Psalm 18:30

Your enemies, fear, anxiety, anger, unwillingness to forgive, depression, doubt, greed, ungodly habits that you are a slave to, your feelings, your thoughts, etc... I am sure you know your enemies well. They have no power over you, only the power that you allow. Jesus Christ has set you free. You have been given all of the promises of God to defeat your defeated enemies. Satan is a liar. Don't believe Him. You are free. Believe God. I am choosing to believe God today. For though we walk in the flesh we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. Will you join me? Let’s put the enemy to shame. Stand up and receive your victory. Let’s stand together on this. Take every thought captive today to the obedience of Christ. Casting down strongholds and every thought that lifts itself against God's Word. Read God's Word. Find out for yourself all that you posses. It is all yours. Read and be amazed.

Here is a good reminder of who we are in Christ. We are loved with a love incomprehensible. All of us.

What work must I do to be saved? 
Believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!

Believing with all of my heart,


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