Lies lead to bondage. Truth leads to freedom. Here are five truths that will set you free from the burdens we all carry with us. God’s Word provides the truth we need to combat lies in our lives.
Truth #1 God is enough
Have you been to the mall lately? Did you get the itch to spend? Did you find yourself suddenly feeling like the clothes that you were wearing weren’t good enough? Did you wonder if your life would be better if you could afford that new pair of shoes? I call this mall mentality. It is the sometimes overwhelming desire to buy more “things” and to be satisfied by “stuff.” But the truth from God’s Word is that stuff cannot satisfy, but God can.
Psalm 23:1 says “ The Lord is my Shepard; I shall not want.” That reality is that nothing that we could ever buy or have given to us will ever satisfy. Clothes go out of style. Shoes wear out. But, the Lord is able to provide satisfaction so complete that we will not want.
Hebrews 13:5 encourages us to be content. “ Be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Contentment is rare indeed. It is the ability to be satisfied with what we already have. But contentment can only be found at one source. God is able to satisfy. Find comfort in this truth when you feel that you need more “things” or feel consumed by your desires.
Truth #2 The blood of Christ is sufficient to cover all my sin
Grace is a difficult concept to wrap our brains around. We aren’t likely to experience total forgiveness from anyone other than Christ. Often, we are tempted to believe that our sin is too great to be forgiven. This can lead to terrible bondage as we fail to embrace the freedom Christ offers through forgiveness.
1 John 1:7 says “ If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
All sin. Not just some sins. Not simply the easy stuff. But the blood of Jesus is able to cleanse us of all sin. None of your sins are too great to be forgiven.
Truth #3 The Cross of Christ is sufficient to conquer my sinful flesh
Forgiveness is possible, but does it seem impossible to stop sinning? Do you ever feel like you will never be able to overcome a sinful habit? I’ve been there. More than once, I have become locked in a sin cycle that seemed impossible to break. But, God’s Word is clear, if we belong to Christ, we are no longer slaves to our sin.
“Our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin.” Romans 6:6-7
Truth #4 My past does not have control of my future
Sure, God is able to forgive our sin and to keep us from repeating our sins, but sometimes it feels like our potential is limited by past mistakes and circumstances. Again, God’s Word offers hope. In Him, we are a new creation. Our past sins are removed as far as the east is from the west. They are not the compass that determines our future direction.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Truth #5 God’s Word is sufficient to lead me, teach me, and heal me
Do you ever feel like you have nowhere to turn for help? Does it seem like there is no source of wisdom and advice to help you in times of uncertainty? God’s Word is the perfect source to turn to for help and advice. The Scriptures are able to provide insight for every area of your life. Psalm 19:7 declares, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”
Psalm 107: 20 says, “He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
God’s Word is living and active. It is more than just a book. It is God’s love letter to you and it is sufficient to lead you, teach you and heal you.