Why exchange God’s truth for your lie?
The lie is deceit that you are holding onto, perhaps even without being aware.
Many Christians I know focus all their attention on not spiraling down. Good luck with that strategy from our archenemy!
This sin-management approach relegates our lives to settle for a life of yo-yo mediocrity as followers of Jesus. God wired our brains to groove whatever we focus on, whether good or bad. When our problem or our brokenness is the focal point, we unintentionally deepen this pathway in our brain. Become solution oriented.
We must learn this because trials and tough times and loss will always be a part of our lives as Jesus-followers (2 Timothy 3:12). And we will spiral down. The question is “How do we learn to “bounce well” so our inner resiliency thrusts us upward on our spiritual journey?
True NT Christianity never promises freedom from persecution or loss. Instead, God promises freedom through His caring, “with you” presence in the midst of trials and pain. Have you yet learned to embrace God’s present grace, so you bounce well from tough times?
How do we take God’s truth and exchange it for our lie?
It’s crucial how we approach the Bible to allow it to change us as God’s sharp sword as we respond in obedience of faith (Hebrews 4:12-13).
How do we exchange God’s truth for our lie?
When life assaults you quickly shift to this simple process to A-I-D renewal.
- First, dial up your awareness that “something is happening.”
- Then investigate with God’s Love-Letter to know what truth we are missing.
- Finally, respond by doing Actively put truth into action to encounter life. This enables you to disengage from bondage to the lie in your heart (heart = mind, affections and will).
Such a process is a great A-I-D (Aware, Investigate, Do) to actively put truth into action to encounter life. This enables you to disengage from the bondage of the lie.
Then marinate again in spiritual nutrition.
“Put off’ what disrupts your life and “put on” the truth again like Jesus in the wilderness temptation so you are again able to soak in God’s truth and grow. When I “exchange God’s truth for the enemy’s lies” in a trial or struggle, I return to my deep wells quickly for a long drink of refreshing spiritual water to revive my inner man.
Be “made new” in our minds as we marinate on the spiritual nutrition reflecting how are God relates with His people to provide His presence and resources.
The physical often imitates the spiritual. Look at the universe.
Nature abhors a vacuum. Something will rush in to fill any vacuum. When we “put off” something that disrupts our spiritual life, we must quickly “put on” Christ and what is true and good in order to counter the lie and “renew our minds” (Ephesians 4:22-24). If we don’t fill the house we have cleaned, we unintentionally grant the dark forces of evil permission to come back seven times stronger. Take Jesus’ words to heart (Luke 11:24-26 with the context in 11:14-23).
Here are some simple tips to investigate.
Inquire & advocate as we investigate together. I have no interest in you agreeing with my views unless you recognize their Biblical support. However, a willingness to inquire before we advocate is a must in learning. How can we authentically inquire unless we first temporarily lay aside our preconceptions and fixed beliefs for a time? A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.
If we believe “what I see and know now is certainly right,” we have joined the 1st century NT Pharisees. Read through the Gospel of John simply to note how often the fixed and unchanging beliefs of the Jewish leaders blinded them to God’s truth that Jesus shared. Become lifelong life-learners and doers. With an inquisitive, questioning mind and heart open to learn, inquire with an openness to see the whole truth.
Then again pick up your beliefs and integrate the new into the old. Advocate for what you believe, agreeing to disagree when differences arise, without being disagreeable. I ask no one to agree with me, but simply engage with what I write and evaluate from Scripture what may A-I-D your spiritual life.
Perhaps you may not spiral down with every one of the attacks mentioned in the free PDF articles on this webpage. Even if you don’t, others you care about may need this, so perhaps these would be helpful as you serve. Until the basic building blocks of our thinking and feeling and doing are transformed (these three comprise our heart, the core of our being), it’s common to begin with our own history of sin, brokenness or pain instead of God’s mind and will. Since “we become what we behold,” we then make this our false focus and suffer spiritually because of it.
Do you remember the illustration of allergies from Bounce Well?
Similar to our physical life, for good health we don’t focus on sickness. We acknowledge it, take our medicine regularly, and refocus on what releases health. In the spiritual realm, our focus is on our relational God and His connected relationship with His people. This focus releases the abundance of His light and love and life, even though at times we must deal with allergic attacks. Light dispels darkness. Health overcomes sickness. Love overcomes apathy.
Like with the illustration of spiritual allergies on the webpage, Bounce Well,…
…immediately below are Ten Essential Elements for spiritual nutrition. I have kept these free PDF articles relatively short, yet not simplistic. Many others could be added, but let’s begin to fold these into our spiritual life. Responses will flow from Scripture and provide models to exchange God’s truth for your lie. Yet also with actionable life-responses that the Spirit of God may use to activate truth to encounter life. Learn to soak in our weighty base as your life focus. Then you will become more quickly aware of a specific life-problem to learn to bounce well.
1. Three Essential Questions.
These big-picture questions guide our lives and provide a type of “catalog system” for our brain to file the “main & plain,” what is “clear & crucial.”
2. I Want to Know God Better.
Read Genesis 1 from the perspective that what God creates flows from who God is. Read the chapter and summarize what creation reflects of the Creator.
3. God Created Humanity with a Bold Design.
Knowing how God sees us, our identity, is the second most crucial aspect of our life. Return to the beginning, to Genesis 1-2 to see God’s original and unchanging intent for humanity, even with the disaster of Genesis 3.
4. Renew and Transform our Minds.
The NT (New Testament) points to the renewing or transforming of your minds in key passages on change. How do we do this practically in our lives on our journey?
5. Laying a Solid, Broad-based Foundation.
When we came to Christ, we entered a spiritual battle with the dark forces of evil. They actively deceive us to attempt to settle for far less than God intends for us. Yet God’s spiritual weapons are even more powerful as we grow in the three spiritual development cycles.
6. Changed by God’s Love.
God fashioned us as lovers in Genesis 1-2. The story of the Bible is a love story where God woos His lovers back who have rejected Him. Now we can now learn to live loved by the most significant Persons in the universe.
7. How Does God Really See Me?
When we begin to grasp the magnitude of the love of the Family-of-Three for each of us, we are stunned, mystified how He can love us so much. Since we have never fully experienced a love like this in our natural relationships (although some foretastes), many doubt God’s love. Yes, God really does see me like He does His Son, Jesus!
8.Gentle and Humble of Heart.
About now we are asking where we can look to see a model of such an extraordinary love. Jesus has come, not only as the Last Adam to permanently deal with our sin problem, but also as the Second Man. Jesus is the first fully human being since Adam sinned.
9. What Does this New Life Look Like?
Gods’ part and our God initiates and we respond. Our enemy attempts to confuse us right here. Either to attempt to do God’s part and be discouraged when we fail or yield our part to God, which He won’t do. He respects our dignity as image-bearers too much.
10. Overcoming Attack in a Way to Launch Growth.
We will be attacked in this world. That’s a given. How can we learn to spiral down less often and bounce more quickly? I suggest a practical, flexible model that begins with God’s presence and provision and provides answers for our problems.
…enjoy relationship with God’s “with you” presence. This is my primary reason to study God’s Word since all else flows from this relationship.
For some of you, these articles may be simply a spiritual tune-up. After 40+ years, I still regularly “tune up” my spiritual life, and hope you also do for ongoing renewal. For others, you may identify a missing element that has caused you to crash for years. Health is then awaiting! I want to give you living hope from Scripture.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope (Romans 15:4, emphasis).
Grow by faith, apart from what we can do on our own, even before we know what faith is. True faith is not a series of intellectually satisfying beliefs. True faith actively responds in the sweet surrender of all-in allegiance to the object of our faith. To believe or have faith is one of the simplest things. God designed us to connect with Him through faith.
FAITH is like…
- knocking on a door (Revelation 3:20),
- receiving a gift from a close friend (John 1:12),
- drinking a refreshing glass of water (John 4:14),
- calling for help when drowning (Romans 10:13), or
- coming to a dear friend when weary (Matthew 11:28).
Therefore, faith rests our lives entirely on God and His secure promises, like resting our weight fully in a chair. The object of our faith is more crucial than the amount of faith (a mustard seed size is enough). Faith will get us anything, take us anywhere in God’s economy. Yet without faith we have no new life, no approach to God, no forgiveness, no intimacy with God, no partnering in this grand adventure…no spiritual life at all.
When I’m (I)…
- …attacked by dark forces of evil (James 4:7-10).
- …assaulted by anxiety and/or worry (Matthew 6:19-37; Philippians 4:6-9).
- …disappointed with God’s timing (Psalm 13).
- …despair to the point of depression (1 Kings 19).
- …throw myself a pity-party (Psalm 73).
- Your suggestions to exchange God’s truth for an arena of our enemy’s lie. Post a comment at the bottom of this webpage. A few others I’ve experienced: …overcome with guilt or shame, condemnation or judgment;…need to ask forgiveness;…unforgiving to one who hurt me;…critical or complaining;…captured by a mental stronghold;…offended by others.
- Print out the free PDF of this webpage to add your own thoughts.
- Print out the free PDF of one arena above you struggle most with. Personally, I’ve discovered I do best to focus on one at a time, then to move on to the next most crucial.
- Then go to Flood your Life with Spiritual Nutrition and begin soaking in this spiritual nutrition as your life focus, one after another.