Suggested Bible Reading: Genesis 3:1-22
Truth- genuineness, honesty, truth, but not merely truth as spoken; the divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.
🔴 Seek Truth Daily
I originally wrote today’s devotional in July of 2018. While I continue to seek God’s truth daily, I need a strategy. In this world of ‘lip-service,’ people will often say one thing and do another. Charmers disarm us by telling a version of the truth. Pastor Craig Groeschel wrote, “We’re searching for something to meet our needs, only to be seduced by our dependence on a counterfeit that can hurt our souls.”
The things that look pretty, smell good, and offer happiness can be the very thing that destroys us. The Word promises that no weapon formed against shall prosper. What if we are developing the weapon because of sinful desires?
As you read my process to a strategy below, ask God to help you develop a system of attack when the adversary seeks to kill, steal, or destroy the ‘fruit’ in your life.
Admit to Repent (1 John 1:9)
I am a sinner. I lusted, over consumed, was greedy, lazy, angry, envious, and prideful. Colossians 3:5 – Therefore, put to death what is earthly in you. (Colossians 3:5-11)
I began a new journey. I walked away from the comfortable normal by letting go.
“Greed says, I owe me!” To want things for ourselves without regard to how it will impact someone else is greedy. After I loosened my grip on seeking approval from the world, I was able to repent and allow God to change my mindset.
The Healing to Obedience. (1 Peter 1:13-16)
As I dove deeper into God’s Word, the spiritual attacks increased. I veered off His path. Although I wandered, I kept reading, meditating, and praying. All the enemy needs to do is create a pattern of destruction, suspicion, or greed. Then we will act according to Satan’s plan because it will “feel” right.
After years of repeating the same cycle of up and downs, I finally learned to yield to God’s way and learned my truth. If I desired a different outcome, I needed to change my approach. The love that God gives is patient and kind. Love will cultivate good communication, cooperation, and mental balance. Choose the way of faithfulness.
My Resolve (James 1:5-8)
The Holy Spirit revealed what my weaknesses and strengths were. I can say ‘NO..thank you’ with authority and not apologize for protecting what is within me. Fasting helps control my flesh (sinful tendencies) and not allow temptations to direct my thoughts and actions. Anything we watch, study, or lust after has the potential to cause us to sin. That is when we have to ask ourselves whose character do we want to imitate.
Remember, this is a process, and we must take our rebellious thoughts captive and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) Our help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2)
Don’t be afraid or ashamed to cry out for help even when others want to hush you. (Mark 10:46-52) Spiritual wisdom is not confusing, impatient, or angry. We receive discernment to understand the difference between Satan’s schemes and the plan of God.
This devotional was written and edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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