Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Truth Is.....

I bumped into myself this weekend and I don’t like what I see! Pride. Self-sufficiency. I’ve been relying on my own strength and wonder why I feel exhausted? I know I am not alone; I am trying to juggle a job, husband, home, family, ministry, and there are just not enough hours in a day. The trouble comes when I listen to the lies..

          Lie #1 - You’re not good enough

          Lie #2 - You have to be perfect

          Lie #3 - People won’t like you if you make mistakes

          Lie #4 - You can avoid conflict by doing the right thing (it helps to remember that Jesus always did the right thing and He was always facing conflict of one kind or another)

The truth is, I will never be good enough, or perfect, and I will always make mistakes. And, conflict comes with the territory of being God’s child because He says in His word it will happen in this world. In my head I know my adequacy and confidence are in Christ alone; I just need that knowledge to travel daily, the twelve inches and settle deeply in my heart as well. He only asks that I have a tender spirit, willing to learn from my mistakes. Like David, maybe if I am responsive to His lessons, I will be a woman after God’s own heart.

I have never liked conflict. I think I am quick to avoid it at all costs, but I wonder if there are lessons I am skirting because I fear them. Conflict is uncomfortable and often messy, but I think God will give me the grace to be able to face it with confidence if I ask for His help.

I’ve done a lot of wrestling over the last few days. I still need to settle things so that I know I am believing His truth over the lies of the enemy that have been ingrained since I was a little girl. I know I make progress at times, and then fall back into the old pattern again. Oh, for His grace and mercy to overflow and overcome, giving me victory one day at a time.

The enemy loves it when I believe His lies and twisted truths. And, I am determined not to allow him to cloud my mind and clutter my heart so that I become ineffective and discouraged. Christ came to free me from the hold of the enemy, and promises abundant life to all who believe. He transforms and renews my mind to right thinking; kingdom thinking; all for His glory and by the power that raised Jesus from the dead!

All He asks of me is, surrender.


  1. Good Morning Jean,

    This post deserves a triple WOW!!!

    I am sure you have spoken for many women, but especially me. This describes the first 45 years of my life; not all the way there yet, but with Jesus help, I will get there someday, either here or there!

  2. I struggle with conflict all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am glad this spoke to you, Judith and Stacy. It feels like I have struggled with this in some degree my whole life. It's like the enemy knows where I am weak and gets his hooks in everytime my defense is lowered.
    Keeps me dependent on the LORD!! That's for sure.
    Thanks for sharing your hearts with me.



  4. This post is just what I needed this morning. Thank you, Jeanne. It's the first time I've visited your blog; I'll be back.If for no other reason, I would come back to re-read this message that has touched me deeply.But I will look forward to more of the same!

    Ann Knowles

  5. Thank you for stopping by the Stream, Ann! May God bless you in all you do!
    I think many of us hear the lies--the truth is we need to hear the words of God; His love; His grace; His mercy and peace. There is so much in His promises for us and He has won the victory over the enemy's taunts!!


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