In previous posts, I talked about the three basic lies that satan has been telling humankind since Eden’s garden. Hopefully, Holy Spirit has been showing you any variations of those lies that you have believed, and brought Truth in to break them.
But is breaking lies enough? Does that set us free?
* * *
Yes, truth makes us free! Period! Scripture says so, and down through the centuries, experience has proven it to be true.
And yet …
And yet, most of us don’t really see that much change in our lives just because we’ve learned Truth.
Because it’s not just one lie we are dealing with, but a whole way of living that we created as a result of that lie!
Here’s where our enemy gets really sneaky! The initial lie is introduced into our hearts and minds, and we react to it a certain way. Some of us hide, some fight, but we all react. And the lie is repeated, over and over, encouraging us to keep reacting the same way.
Somewhere along the way (for some it’s the first time something bad happens, for others, it takes prolonged exposure to a lie), we decide that whenever we are faced with that lie – that situation – we will react in that same certain way to protect ourselves.
So now, we have created a law inside ourselves, by which we run our lives. And our enemy keeps throwing the same lie at us, until the reaction that began way back there becomes not just a law, but a habit, a pattern of behavior.
Now the enemy has us right where he wants us! He’s got us operating on his default settings! We don’t even think about what we should do when faced with that same lie – we just follow the pattern!
* * *
So even when Holy Spirit has revealed Truth to us, we can find ourselves falling back into the same behaviors. And we get discouraged, and think we didn’t learn anything after all, and we quit searching for Truth.
And satan wins again!
But God, ‘who is rich in mercy towards us’ is not content with this scenario. He desires to make us free ‘indeed’. So He keeps shining the light of Truth on our habits, our thoughts and feelings, until we see the ‘law’ we created to live by. And He sets us free of that!
Then He begins to work on the wrong habits and patterns, destroying those default settings that satan and his lies helped set in place in our lives, and replacing them with His new default settings of trust and faith in Him!
Now we are truly free!!
* * *
As you continue your journey into God, He will reveal more and more truth, and break more and more of those old laws and patterns, until one day, you discover that you have new default settings in most areas of your life – settings that automatically bring you to God, rather than hiding from Him, or fighting Him.
And that is a glorious day!
* * *
May you learn from Holy Spirit what your default settings are, and may He change them to reflect truth rather than lies.
May you be set free from every bondage, lie, and law that hinders you from living His perfect life in you.
And may His Truth truly ‘make you free’!