The truth is a funny thing. It’s funny because it’s relative. It’s relative to the person’s mind set and thought process. For some, what they perceive as truth is actually a lie. They’ve just been telling or have been told this lie for so long that to them, in their mind, it’s the truth.
Something I think we over look is the lies we tell ourselves. When we sacrifice the truth for “self preservation”. A lot of the time we do this without even realizing that we’re doing it. For me this happened because of my mindset and perspective.
I can’t speak for anyone else; I can only speak from my own life experiences. I lied to myself all the time. It was so much easier that way. Sadly after time went by, for me, those lies became truth. I honestly started to believe them. They became my reality.
There were two types for me, one was about others and one was about myself. I would lie and twist the truth about others because it would make me look better to the person or people I was telling it to. I wouldn’t care about the affects it would have on anyone else but myself. The problem I would run into was being caught in a web of my lies. I would have so many going that I couldn’t remember who was attached to each one. As time went on people would see the truth and things would fall apart. As I would start my “damage control” I would have to start new lies because I didn’t want the truth to be told.
As I grew older I began to lie to myself. I feel I did this because I didn’t want to see myself for the person I truly had become. So I lied. I wasn’t very good at it but I did it just the same.
After finding a true relationship with Jesus I would like to say that it all stopped. But that too would be a lie. I do my best to be as honest as possible with others as well as with myself. I feel I do a really good job at being honest with others now. Sometimes maybe too honest. The tough part I still struggle with are the lies I tell myself, or should I say the lies the devil tells me.
I do my best to stand on God’s Word and His promises. But to be honest sometimes I struggle. I struggle because all the while the devil is in my ear trying to remind me of who I used to be. The liar, con and cheat that I once was.
Here is what I try to meditate one and remind myself and the devil:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
“As far as the east it from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12
I have found truth and true peace in the Word of God. We can all find this in God’s Word.
If you’re struggling like I was, know that there is hope. His name is Jesus. Peace can only be found in Him. If you’re walking with Him but struggle with the lies of the enemy, remember that the devil has already been defeated. The enemy only wants to tarnish our testimony and one of the ways is trying to remind us of who we once were.
Be blessed and suit up for the battle (Ephesians 6:10-19). There is no “sideline” in this fight, the bench belongs to the enemy.
Remember if you ever need help or guidance we are always here and available.
In Christ alone