I post a pic of a Bible verse written on half an index card each evening on Face Book. I do so because one day when I was asking God what I could do for him, I got the strong impression that this is what I needed to do. These verses have been an important part of my healing through the years. My unhealthy ways of being get such a strong grip on me that even when I learn that I have been believing and living a lie for many years, it is extraordinarily difficult to simply let go of that lie and start living in truth.
Somewhere through the years I got the idea to write Bible verses on index cards so I could carry God’s truth around with me. I place the verses on half index cards because this makes them highly portable. They can easily fit in my pocket, my purse, sit on the table by my reading chair, or on my bedside table. Then when Satan’s lies are drowning me, I have easy access to God’s truths so that I can reset my thinking with the truth.
Now, jump backwards many years with me. I grew up in a very conservative church. While I will always be thankful for the respect of scripture, the importance of being in the Word, and the verses I memorized back then, this particular church was heavy on law and only lightly touched every now and then on God’s love. In fact, when a dilemma would arise wherein a decision had to be made between law and love, the decision was typically made on the side of law, leaving a trail of broken lives in its wake.
Not surprisingly, I grew up with a view of a God who peeked around corners, just watching to catch me doing something wrong. I can tell you from experience that this is not living in freedom. However, even though I have realized the lie I have believed for many years and the false god I have been worshiping, it is very difficult to change the image in my subconscious to that of the true God.
Through Providence, in my morning quiet time, I have recently been led to the verses regarding God and his love for his people. Verses like:
And then there is Jesus. What God besides Jehovah came to his creation in a form like us, experiencing even the birthing process, growing up under the tutelage of his mom and stepdad, living in poverty, falsely accused, and dying one of the worst deaths that we humans could fear or imagine? None.
1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. What other god that humans worship proclaims to be love? More than that, what god lists compassion, grace, slowness to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness as identifying traits? None.
When I start feeling poorly about my _____________ (fill in the blank: appearance, way I dress, performance, singing, speaking, personality, etc.), I need to pull these verse cards out of my pocket and read and reread God’s truths and how God feels about me. This is the way that I have learned to replace Satan’s lies with God’s truths – over, and over, and over again. Satan does not let go of territory without a fight.
As we stand at the brink of a new year, let’s make it one of our goals to let God speak for himself to tell us who he is – what is important to him, what he allows and does not allow in his house. Let’s let his truths sink into our being. Let’s make it our goal to get to know Jehovah God.