Today (Sunday, January 15th, 2018) a particularly heinous lie entered my head.
"Your faith isn't working. There's no job. There are no answers. There are no paychecks. Obviously you're not doing "faith" right. Obviously you have to rely on your own strength and knowledge to meets your needs to fix this situation."
And for a moment the hopelessness loomed. The temptation to feel defeated called to me; to relinquish myself to self-indulging despair. I thought of the lyrics from Hamilton, "Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder."* It's so true both literally and metaphorically. It would be easier to give up the fight of believing in faith because pressing on requires grit.
But I will not give up. I will not listen to that lie. Just because there is not an answer in this moment does not mean that it's not coming. And God is not stupid, he knows there's a time table we're dealing with here.
My shield is up and my sword is carving away everything that is not truth. I have faith in things hoped. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
And the truth is that my God is faithful to supply all my needs according to his riches. The truth is that if I abide in him and his words in me that whatever I ask for will be done. The truth is that I believe what I have asked is coming to fruition. The truth is that even the birds are provided for and how much more does the Lord love me? The truth is that his word never returns void. The truth is he is faithful to complete his work in me. (Philippians 4:19; John 15:7; Mark 11:23; Mark 6:26; Isaiah 55:11; Philippians 1:6)
I will only believe in and speak words that build up, enrich, fortify, or other wise bless my life. Go to hell, lies, you're not the boss of me.
"...for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37
*Right Hand Man, Hamilton the Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda
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