Journal Entry ~ 12/31/18

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

Sin is deceitful - it is what keeps us out of God's rest. And when you get down to the core of it, sin is the result of a lack of trust in God's promises. Sin whispers our only hope for a bright future is if we cheat, lie, steal.  Sin tells us God won't come through in this situation, so we need to take control, say those things, leave the relationship. 

Sin tells us we we will lose this relationship if we don't compromise our sexual standards. It says we won't have job security if we speak up at work about a dishonest practice. It says this man will never change, and my life will be wasted if I don't get a divorce. It says I deserve more, I deserve better. Sin says it's okay to gossip because I need allies, I need support, I need prayer. Sin says only a fool would go on looking weak, and I have every right to take revenge. 

In every single circumstance, sin is believing a lie that we cannot trust God, and roots our heart in unbelief. I don't trust in God's promises in this situation, so I will cheat, lie, steal, compromise, take control. We are not believing the promises of God, we are believing the lies of sin. And those lies can lodge themselves into our hearts so deep that we don't even see the lie. 

This is where the Word pierces and separates like a two edged sword. The Word can reveal the lies we believe, when we don't even realize or understand that they are lies. Submersing ourselves in the Word daily reveals those places to us. Being in the Word once in awhile, or only when other people draw us there, like a pastor or small group, doesn't cut it. For the Word to pierce our souls deep enough to reveal the lies we don't see, we need to let His Word wash over us daily, on our own. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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