Saturday, September 26, 2009

Truth or Consequence



Our class this week was about Truth or Consequence (chapter 1) from the book  “Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free.”

All quotes are in blue from this book.

Most of us don’t mind hearing a little bit of truth, but the whole truth, now that can make us uncomfortable. When Truth is spoken you can be sure that Satan will stir up trouble.  He might make you believe that you are being  judged by another “sinner.” Or he may offer up the question “Did God really say?”

We need to be very aware of the enemy’s lies. To know when deception has been wrapped beautiful with a small amount of Truth. Remember, he weaved in truth with deception as he was tempting Jesus in the desert. Satan, by no means, would never place something before anyone that would be ugly and unappealing, now would he. If we are honest, there’s a certain aroma of pleasure when we are being tempted. The smell, it’s alluring. The taste, it’s so sweet. You can even feel it in the air.  But once you're there, darkness begins to consume you and death closes in. It’s not what you expected. You now find yourself even farther from the Truth.
  
Nancy makes this statement “listening to a viewpoint that was contrary to God’s word put Eve on a slippery slope that led to disobedience, which led to physical and spiritual death.”  

I don’t know about you, but I’ve stood in front the serpent listening to his sales pitch, and then believing it, and finally, acting on it. Big mistake! It lead me away from God. Eventually, I found a place where no one would see my shame. No one, but God. Just like in the garden, God called out “Where are you?” Now, he knew where I was. But He calls out to us, so that we will realize just how hidden we’ve become.

So, where do we hide? Could it be in the movies we are watching, magazines that we are reading or television shows that tell us there is no "absolute Truth." I sure did like my soap operas and Jackie Collin novels. They took me to a place that made me feel good and reminded just how much I hated my married life. Oh, an during that time, my marriage was going down a slippery slope. And yes, I was a Christian.


Nancy writes "every act of sin in our lives begins with a lie."

I bought into the lies of the enemy and have dealt with the consequences. It took me along time to realize how Satan deceived me, and he even made me believe that he really didn't exist.

So, what I've learned along the way, is by listening to ideas or thoughts that don't line up with God's Truth sets us on the path to destruction.

Here's a piece of truth that God has placed in my heart... The Truth is what brings us to God as we leave ourselves behind.

The truth is Jesus came to testify to the truth. (John 18:37)
The truth is the path WE choose may seem right (Proverbs 14:12)
The truth is His Word sanctifies us. (John 17:17)

John 8:31-32 (Message) Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. "If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you."
Are you willing to live out God's Truth?

Tammy

13 comments:

Karen said...

Amen!

"The Truth is what brings us to God as we leave ourselves behind."

And that Truth is what sets us free!

Sharon said...

Thanks for the great post. I hope you have a great evening.

Hugs, Sharon

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I'll have to put this study in the back of my mind for future use in the small group I lead.

Tracy said...

I love this: "by listening to ideas or thoughts that don't line up with God's Truth sets us on the path to destruction."

This idea has really weighed on my heart for the last couple of years. I've tried to be very guarded in what I watch on tv (if I watch it at all), what I read, and who I listen to. We can get so easily sucked into the world's "truths."

Thanks for this reminder :)

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

Sharon,

You are one of my Blessed...blogs of the month. Ck out my sidebar!

Have a great day...Keep writing for Him!

LisaShaw said...

Oh Tammy, this is POWERFUL because it is TRUTH!

I think we've all been there believing "the" lie(s) of the enemy more than ONCE and in different situations but thank GOD for HIS TRUTH that comes to us through the revelation of CHRIST in our lives. I am SO glad that the leadership I follow is that of the Holy Spirit and not that of the enemy!

He (satan) had his time; and years of it, to lie to me and it's been over!! Hallelujah!

Your words spoken below lifted me:

"Here's a piece of truth that God has placed in my heart... The Truth is what brings us to God as we leave ourselves behind."


Thanks for your love and prayers and friendship dear sister. I'll buzz you tomorrow. I love you and I'm going to post this link on my FB.

Sarah Dawn said...

Delighted to meet you and splash around. Such a wonderful place you have here to be refreshed in God's goodness.

Splashing for His glory,
Sarah Dawn

Edie said...

I have bought into some of the lies too and even though I know I should recognize them immediately, I still discover I don't always. I really enjoyed this Tammy.

Love you!

Vikki said...

thank you for thinking of me Tammy. and thank you for this post! WOWZERS! I realized a year or so ago that my emotions lie to me and I think your post really adds to that. Obviously those lies are coming from somewhere and it's important for me to live out God's truth!

I took a blog-world hiatus but I am backat my new home ashes2rubies.blogspot.com

Faith Imagined said...

It is so true that Satan wraps his lies with a little bit of truth and a big pretty bow! Thank you for such a powerful and honest post!

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