We all have favorites right? Favorite foods, tv shows, movies and so on. I have a list of favorites too, but my newest favorite to be added to my list is this one word TRUTH. This one word is so very powerful in our lives. It holds the ability to bring light and freedom if we will but embrace it. And in that freedom is where true joy is found.
I think for me it has been a process of coming to accept and understand the role that truth has or should have in my own life. It begins with a desire to want to know the truth which is not always what we want if we are totally honest with ourselves. I can only speak for myself and from my own personal experiences but I know much of my life I have not always walked in and desired to know the truth. But once I decided it was more important to live in the truth than to continue to believe all the untruths I had come to accept about myself I almost immediately sensed the freedom that is TRUTH. It was like seeing the sun come out from behind the clouds. I was awakened in my heart like never before. And I knew this was something that I was missing.
So where does truth come from?
It comes from knowing who we are in the Lord. It comes from accepting what He says about us. He is the one that created us and He knows us to the very number of hairs on our head. Why would we choose to listen or accept truth from anyone but Him?
I have lived most of my life as a believer and follower of Christ. I am very thankful for the gift of salvation and His wonderful grace. However, I was coming to see that I had never fully accepted His righteousness as my own.
John 8:32 New Living Translation (NLT)
32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
And who of us doesn’t long to be free from all the lies that we have chosen to believe? It is so simple but we make it so difficult, like it is a secret or an unsolvable puzzle at times. I know for me some of the lies I have believed are, “I will never be good enough, or I can never be forgiven for that mistake, I will never be the wife or mother I long to be” and there are many more that play over and over in my head. But here is the key. I know the TRUTH, and it is for me and it is for you. It is not a secret or an unsolvable puzzle. It is simply this. You and I were created in His image and He sees us as His righteousness. When He looks at us He sees all that we are in Him and all that He has created us to be. And He longs for us to see ourselves the same way. And in those moments that we do see a glimpse of ourselves the way He does, it is as if a weight has been taken off of us. The sad part is most of us immediately pick that weight right back up because we can’t believe or accept that we deserve to have that weight lifted, but we do. Not because of anything we have done but because of all He has done for us.
I want to encourage you today to make TRUTH your new favorite word. When those lies begin to play in your head, just remind yourself that you are no longer accepting lies. And each time we do, you and I both will begin to walk in the freedom and joy that follows. Our steps will be lighter as we let go of the weight of those lies and the light will shine brighter in and through us and then others around us will be able to see the light and we can then tell them about our favorite word.