One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

And one important piece of developing this mindset is Choosing to Believe Truth. This continues to be a struggle for me, as I’m not always aware of what I’m thinking and how it does not align with God’s truth.

A few days ago I witnessed someone speak harshly to a friend of mine. I didn’t respond to them directly but I mentioned it to others and felt the anger roll around in my spirit. I’ve thought about it several times since then. But today I finally realized that I need to forgive that person and confess my poor reactions to God. (Yes, sometimes it takes a few days for me to listen.) So I confessed it to the Lord and asked forgiveness. And yet I still felt the uneasy, guilty, ashamed feeling I’ve been carrying around since then. I wasn’t anxious to draw near to God because I felt unworthy. After all, I should know better by now, right?

And then it hit me. I am not believing truth. I am not believing that God has forgiven me, even though I’ve confessed. I am wallowing in shame, which is the enemy’s favorite tool for discouraging us.

The truth is, Jesus is our High Priest and He is interceding for you and me right now before the throne. He is the one who paid for my sin, my nasty thoughts and words. He bore the punishment on my behalf. He has promised to forgive and He is God, who cannot lie! So why am I not believing it?

Hebrews reassures us:

and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:21-23

I love the reminder of God’s faithfulness in these verses. Often when I think of this quality, I ponder how He works all things for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). Or I think about how the sun rises each morning and the universe keeps spinning because of God’s faithfulness. But another aspect of His faithfulness to us is keeping the promises He’s made, and one of them is that He will forgive. Each and every time. Over and over again, without fail. This is truth and we must believe it!

Please Lord, help me to realize more quickly those times when I’m not believing your truth.

How do you need the Lord to increase your faith so that you more readily believe His truth?

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Linda Graf About Linda Graf

Linda Graf is the author of  Bitter Truth: My Story of Bitterness, Grace and Repentance. She wrote the book after the Lord freed her for a lifestyle of bitterness and anger. She is a musician, a mentor and mother. Being an author was never one of her aspirations, but during her journey from bitterness to joy in Christ, she was compelled to write about it. Check out her website where she blogs regularly.

Comments

  1. I love your question at the end. I think we all have certain areas where we struggle to hear God’s truth.

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  2. So true! Help my unbelief!

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  3. You hit the nail in the head Linda, and I totally agree. This is the most important aspect of our walk with the Lord – choosing to believe the truth. It’s so easy to get off track and we should align ourselves with the truth of God’s Word. This topic is always super important to me and I loved your post!

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