Sometimes it’s not really there.
What you think you see happening, what you feel so very vividly, what you are reacting to with such might that it nearly makes you tremble and your feet even want to move to get you away from it. That thing that makes your heart either ache or quicken in pulse, that person that makes your face red with anger or your eyes wider open in fear or frustration.
What you’re fearing “about them”.
What you think that “they must think.”
What you believe about yourself.
What you believe about God.
What you believe about your captivity to your own feeling.
Sometimes, it’s not really there.
Often, the most destructive force in all of creation is the power wielded upon friendships, marriages, situations, hearts and lives when a lie weaves its way into the foundation.
The end-game of a lie is to create distance.
Between you and people.
Between you and God.
Between you and your own identity.
Between you and the Truth.
The more distance, the more space, the more space, the more opportunity for more lies to find their way in, to weave their way around the foundations of your thought patterns and your beliefs, your identity and your hopes and dreams and even around your belief about your own salvation.
The lie wants everything that is beautiful to look a little darker.
Everything that is darker to look beautiful.
Everything that is unshakeable to look fragile and false.
Everything that is false to look unshakeable.
Everyone that is trustworthy to seem like… well… a lie.
Jesus refers to the devil and says, “…He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44
He wants to murder your understanding that you are saved.
He wants to murder your opportunity to worship freely, to grow wildly, and to live boldly.
He wants to murder your trust that people are worth being on the journey with.
He wants to murder your ability to see the beauty of God’s story.
Your enemy is a liar and wants to create distance and space in your life from the people that God has given you, the truth God has told about you, the identity that He has for you and the amazing story of rescue that He has written on you. And your enemy will do everything he can, say everything he can, convince you to think everything he can to get you to a place of distance and space from all those things.
Distance and space have a lot of room for lies.
So do not give up on Truth, do not give up on trust.
Do not give up on what Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, says about you.
You know what we’re told, right? “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” – 1 John 4:16
When your heart quickens or aches with the fear of who or of what… stand firm.
If your feet want to move you away in fear, move toward.
When your head reels from lies and questions and arguments bouncing around… pray to see the Truth.
The moment when you have the opportunity to bail… well, simply put… don’t.
Do not give up on what Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, says about you. Has done for you.
Do not give up on what God’s given you.
Who God has given you.
How God has given you.
Or the road He has called you on.
Because sometimes that thing that quickens your pulse, aches in your heart, reels in your mind, darkens the beauty and mars the gifts… sometimes it’s just a lie.
And it’s not really there.
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