Follow up to post and comments in Amir’s previous post here … .
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Steal, kill, and destroy are harsh words. Satan’s purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy … you, me, everyone, everywhere, as often as he can, without remorse or relief. It feeds him like a ravenous wolf whose belly is never full.
What we want to be able to do is put a hedge around ourselves and our family to avoid this, to protect our innocence and purity. There are many who try, and oh how they try! But reality is we live in a fallen world. We cannot avoid sin. We cannot protect ourselves and our families from sin. Absolutely, we must be prudent and set boundaries and make the hard choices. But we cannot make others’ choices for them. There will come a time in our lives when someone else’s bad choices affect us in a serious way.
When that happens, we need to be prepared. We need to know the Truth. And even more than that, we need to know how to choose to believe the Truth. The Truth is that Jesus is here, living inside His Believers, and He is ready to give us life so that we may have that life to the full.
Yep, it stinks something terrible when people make choices that beg to erode away our security, that cause us to question that which we never even thought to before. We need to immediately take the time to discern what is the truth, and then we need to consciously and decisively discipline ourselves to choose to believe that Truth.
This is NOT easy; not at all. And I believe it takes a community to strengthen that in each other. We need to strengthen the truth in each other, to support one another, to validate that Truth in one another.
I drill this into my girls so much they roll their eyes at me sometimes (I just LOVE being a Momma – eye-rolls are priceless!). When they tell me something, especially something someone else said about them, I ask them, “Is it true? What is the Truth?” When they tell me, I come back with, “You get to choose what you believe. You can believe the lie or the truth. But regardless of what you choose to believe, the Truth will never change.”
This is so much easier said than done. The kicker comes when my girls turn the tables on me and repeat these words to me. I’m not an expert here at always choosing to believe the Truth deep in the hidden places of my heart and soul, but I have certainly had much opportunity to choose. My New Husband is great about pointing out the Truth in ways that are gentle to me.
I wish I could say this is a one-time-thing, but it’s not. Satan is relentless, so must we also be. God is Sovereign, Holy, and Just. God’s Justice will prevail. This is Truth. Choose to believe.