One of the things I have really come to love is Truth. Truth in every sense of the word. Truth in scripture, truth in my marriage and in my relationships with my children, truth from the pulpit, and especially truth about who I am and what I am capable of. It wasn't always so. I was an exaggerator, a "what you don't know won't hurt you" kind of person. I would have never called myself a liar, but I was.
During the Bible study on James last fall, Ann spoke on the ways satan attacks truth.
She used two illustrations: The first was how he attacks with an all-out assault on the truth of the Word and the truth of the call of God on our lives. (as in the temptation of Christ in the desert--Matthew 4)
The second is the mixing of a little truth with a lie to convince us we have an option in dealing with complete truth. This is the point that struck me somewhere deep. The place where I know God is trying to reveal something big about Himself and uncover something big about me. I realized that I could often recognize the lie and call it out as the lie, but I didn't choose to walk in the truth. I stayed focused on the lie. Take for instance contentment and acceptance of my life. I know when my attitude is wrong about my life, but I would say to God "I am discontent. I need something more. I know You did not create me to feel this way. I know You are enough, BUT..." If the negative, half-lie part of the message is my focus then that is where I stay. The eye-opening part for me was that my focus should ALWAYS be the truth. I have to know what God says and believe it. I have to CHOOSE to see the truth and ignore the lie. I now understand John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."