I come to this with some fear and trembling. So do me and your pastor and your family a favor, if you’re not going to read the whole thing, stop here.
Still with me?
Ok, good, let’s move on.
“He’s a coward,” the lie came whispering. I was thinking about a pastor, one of my pastors, and that is what I thought. It felt so real, so true. I felt myself agreeing, believing it.
Now, maybe he isn’t the bravest man alive, but anybody who knows anything about the pastors at my church know that they are not cowards. Especially when it comes to the Word of God.
So why did I think and start believing what I knew wasn’t true? Did it make me look better, feel better about my place in life? Or was it just from the “father of lies?”
Does it matter?
It was a lie.
What is the advantage or who gains an advantage by my belief a lie?
We get these thoughts from time to time. In marriage we can get them a lot.
“He’s a bum.”
“Why did I ever marry her?”
And to these lies, and the ones like them that surround everyone I meet, I like to apply the principle of opposite attraction.
It works like this.
“That pastor is a coward.” I pray to the opposite. “God, I thank you for his boldness in standing for you. I stand with him as he fearlessly lives for you.”
“Why did I marry her?” The opposite, “thank you for bringing her into my life.”
Here’s the hard part, sometimes it isn’t actually a full out lie. But make no mistake, a truth that leads us to hate someone is never a complete truth.
“She hates me.”
Oh precious, broken heart, be drawn to the opposite.
“Raise him up to be faithful. I believe You are working in him to give his heart completely to You. You are making him a man of God.”
“She is loving and blessed. I believe You are softening her heart to love despite the hurts she has endured. You are creating a woman of God who trusts completely in You.”
And in praying to the opposite our hearts can be drawn to the possibility of the opposite. Our anger and fear dissipate in the presence of the God who says, “all things are possible.” Our trust is placed in the only one we should ever completely place it in. And the noise of all the lies diminishes.
Turmoil is replaced by peace. Depression is replaced by power.
Hate is replaced by love.