Truth Frees You

False beliefs, lies, inconsistencies, denial, half truths, little white lies, all the same thing… Not truth. Lies of all shapes and sizes are the greatest tools of Satan, who wants you and me dead. He hates who God made and loves. And he uses these not truths to deceive the masses. He is evidently doing a great job. But I know his dirty little secret and you need to know too. Here it is. His lies are not truth. In fact, most of the time the opposite is true. He fools people into believing he is as powerful as God. Bahaha. As if. The Creator is always more powerful than the created, the fallen angel Satan, our enemy. He was once a beautiful, powerful angel and pride convinced him he could be equal to God and God discovered this betrayal and banished him. Since, he has waged war on us because he lost. He wants us dead. But the temptations he uses and lies upon lies and pride of course which underlies it all, he cannot ever offer gifts from God of love, peace, joy, etc. or power. He just doesn’t have it to give. It’s all smoke and mirrors, all lies. So knowing that truth frees us to live for and with God, as we were made to. ♥

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Psalm 140

Psalm 140:1. “Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, 2. who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. 3. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips. 4. Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet. 5. The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path. 6. I say to the Lord, “You are my God.” Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy. 7. Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle. 8. Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed. 9. Those who surround me proudly rear their heads; may the mischief of their lips engulf them. 10. May burning coals fall on them; may they be thrown into the fire, into miry pits, never to rise. 11. May slanderers not be established in the land; may disaster hunt down the violent. 12. I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy. 13. Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence.”

Psalm 139

Psalm 139:1. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20. They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Psalm 138:2-8

Psalm 138:2. “I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. 3. When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. 4. May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. 5. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. 6. Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. 7. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. 8. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.”

Different Emphasis with Time

Being 40+, much of what I have focused on through life getting here did not really signify. Much would have no lasting value, no eternal component, just distraction and noise. Much I walked over or through very quickly should have been explored, deepened, much more time spent because of its eternal component. There is here and now which is survival for the moment and there is here and now which affects your eternity. As you mature, you realize this and plan the next steps more thoughtfully. Really getting this would have changed so much of my behavior and choices from then, which is theory and bears no relevance to the now. However, knowing this makes the now much more meaningful as an opportunity to put this valuable wisdom into practice. Think of the eternal before attempting to act or speak. ❤