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Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Lying Truth

About a year ago, I had gone to my dr. for a checkup on my thyroid. I was so excited to get on the scale (for once), because all that working out and healthy eating was SURELY going to reap for me the joy of good numbers. You can imagine the huge load of disappointment as I saw that my load had not lightened at all—there was actually a gain. I ranted emotionally to my doc about how hard I had been working and how healthy I had been eating as she looked at me with pure skepticism.

She didn’t believe me!

A few days later, I found the humility to mention this scenario to my close, no-nonsense friend, who also happens to be a nurse. She always has a way of getting me to look at myself honestly without hurting my feelings. (It’s a gift!) She suggested that I try an online fitness diary to track what I was eating and what activity I was doing. That way, I would have something to take to the Dr. and show her so that we could get to the bottom of it. I mulled it over for a few weeks, then decided to try it. After just a few days of tracking, I realized that I had not been doing as well on my calorie intake OR burning as I had previously thought.

Was I mistaken before, or had I just convinced myself that I was doing it all right?

OUCH! The truth hurts sometimes, doesn’t it? It hurts, but it can help as well. The Lord took this one scenario and reminded me to apply it spiritually.

Psalm 119:29a (NLT) says: “Keep me from lying to myself.”

What wisdom this Psalm writer was given to pray for this! Many lies told outwardly start with believing them in the first place, don’t they? It may be to cope, or to hold on to pride, or to stay comfortable with our routine. Regardless, the Lord wants us to examine this regularly. Every time I do, He shows me the little extra calories of falsehood I’ve put into my mouth, and I’m so thankful He loves me enough to do so.

Here’s the challenge:

Let’s take some time today and ask if we have been honest with ourselves about where we are with the Lord. Do we think we are closer to the Savior than we actually are? Do we think we are living by the Word, when in fact, we've hardly been meditating upon it? Are we open to examine suggestions from others and align it with God’s Truth?

Or in the opposite case, have you allowed someone who loves you to make you believe untruths about yourself? Do you repeat over and over that you're nothing, when in fact, in Jesus you are a capital "S" Something?

When we allow lies to become truth to us, then we begin to tell lies to others, and maybe even to God. When the lying truth becomes comfortable to us, life itself can begin to weigh us down… Check out in Psalm 119 how many times truth is mentioned. A LOT! Notice as you read your Bible, how often the subject comes up as well. A TON!!!! Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, right? The TRUE truth matters, so let’s read it, think it and live by it as His Spirit has the ability to do through us. Let’s weigh ourselves in the light of His truth today.

Jeremiah 17:9b-10 (The Message)

"But I, God, search the heart
and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
not as they pretend to be."

Father God, All-Knowing, All-Seeing Mighty One, I am in awe of Your awesomeness. The fact that You know how pitiful I am, yet You love me anyway. I can fool others. I can even fool myself. But I can never ever never fool You. Thank You. Thank You for loving me in spite of myself. Thank You for knowing just how to handle this fleshly daughter. Thank You for setting me free from so many things. Lord, please help me to live and walk in Your Truth, to know how much You desire it from me. Strengthen me, I pray, in the name of Jesus, my Redeemer, Amen.

In the Key of HE,

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Blogger Denise said...

Thanks for this honest, and really good devotion.

October 18, 2008 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Homesteader in Training said...

Yup, another nail head hitter lol. You are good my friend. God has TRULY gifted you! I am so glad that you allow yourself to be such a vessel that He can use.
Hugs to you!

October 18, 2008 at 5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... that sure hit me where it counts... maybe that's why I'm not losing weight either. I can really fool myself and make me believe my "lies"... I am glad to have God's truth and devos like this to remind me what the truth really is! Thanks so much for this! take care & God Bless you! :)

October 18, 2008 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Laury said...

You always go straight to the matter, Laura. Thank you for sharing.

October 18, 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Patty Wysong said...

Ouch. That stepped on my toes, Laura! I need to stop and see if I'm lying to myself about things. Thanks for making me think!

October 18, 2008 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a great post! Thank you xo

October 19, 2008 at 2:39 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Thank you for sharing your story and for making the "truth" so clear!

October 19, 2008 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Sooo true! Ouch :) Sometimes the easiest lies are the ones to ourselves - and they are definitely the most damaging! Thanks, Laura!

October 19, 2008 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Laura Lee,
God's been speaking to me about the subtlety of lies. We so easily allow our feelings to be the truth.
He's been talking to me about how much the enemy uses the feelings to keep us captive to the lies.

Thanks for sharing your heart.

Bless you!

October 19, 2008 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Laura Lee, I too am currently going thru the thyroid weight gain issues. Did you find anything that helped you thru that? resources, groups etc..

this was a very thought provoking post!

October 20, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Laurie Ann said...

LauraLee, thank you for sharing the truth in love. Thank you for the teaching and wisdom you've given us here, and for the encouragement. The Scriptures are something I'll ponder in my heart. Thanks for visiting my post on honesty today.

October 21, 2008 at 9:53 AM  

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