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Next Step: Be Truthful

Posted in Affirmation, Decision-making, Faith, Next Step Series, and Relationships

You may be familiar with the game “Two Truths and A Lie.”  It’s a familiar icebreaker where participants tell two facts and one falsehood about themselves. The game allows members of a group to get to know each other with a few laughs along the way.

I don’t do well with this game.

I struggle with coming up with a lie that sounds plausible. I’ve even gotten confused when it was time to reveal my untruth, because that’s the thing about lies: They are tailored to take us away from reality.

Unfortunately, from society’s point of view, deception is trending. We live in a world of fake news, photo-shopped pictures, alternative facts and media bias.

Truth is becoming a rare commodity; but it remains essential to godly character (See Psalms 15:1 and 2).

As I scanned through my social media feed a few weeks ago, this quote grabbed my attention.

“Humans are addicted to self-deception, when confronted with truth; they feel uncomfortable and return to the closest lie that comforts them.”- Chris Holman

How comfortable are you with the truth?  I searched inwardly to see if these words exposed my heart. It’s an ongoing examination. The enemy of our soul wants us addicted to deceit. It doesn’t matter if the source of our trickery is our discomfort or our delight.

But our comfort zone can vary. And what delights us one day, may bring disdain the next because feelings change. However, truth never does.

“Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed.” – Proverbs 12:19 NLT

Unlike the icebreaker game, having our lies exposed rarely happens on our terms. And yet, God welcomes our struggles when we come with a repentant heart. Through prayer, I’ve pressed through pain and pride and received His forgiveness and healing.

I’m learning to see discomfort as a merciful window. It allows me to see what is out-of-order or out of my control. But if I don’t bring my discomfort to God, deceit creates a desire to conceal.

I conceal my true feelings about a matter.

Deny the true consequences of my actions; or

Resist the notion that my flaws affect those around me.

However, when my next step is to be truthful, I need to hold on to it for dear life.

“Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.” – Proverbs 23:23

Truth can be sold to buy the approval of others, for a warm blanket of denial or to take a shortcut to success. But there’s no bargain in this transaction, only defeat.

Thankfully, Proverbs 23:23 also offers a reward: Wisdom, discipline and good judgment are the results of truthful living. They each remind us God’s grace is not for hiding, it’s for living His truth out loud — victoriously.

As I check the volume of His truth in me, I’m asking Him to show me where it’s muffled or muted. The alarms go off when I begin to feel unworthy or unloved.

My biggest Truth discovery was the day I placed my faith in Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6). Then this sinner saved by grace became a servant committed to His glory.  My commitment is tested but His grace sustains with hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.” – Psalm 145:18 NLT

6 Comments

  1. I am so bad at that game too, mainly because I am a horrible liar. I believe lies easier than I tell them.
    Great truth here!

    February 2, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Sarah! Ha – it’s good thing we aren’t playing that game together. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for stopping by!

      February 2, 2017
  2. Truth does seem to be in short supply these days! So thankful that God’s truth is revealed to us in His Word, and that we can always use it as our compass when we’re not sure what truth really is. May God give us the grace to live in His truth, both in dealing with our own selves, and with those around us.

    February 3, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Tracy and Amen! May God give us the grace to live in His truth!

      February 3, 2017
  3. God has “challenged” me for 2017 – to be as genuine as I can be – epecially in my closest friendships. What I thought would be a scary endeavor has instead brought much freedom! And as an unexpected reward from the Lord, He has blessed me with being more at home in my skin. Your posts are Spirit Filled, poignant, and speak to me as much as published devotionals… this one, God bumps for me.
    I’m so glad I “found” you thru Beth Moore’s Twitter last year. I pray for your success!
    Thank you for what you do, who you are….

    February 3, 2017
    • Joy
      Joy

      Wow – thanks for that kind feedback Michelle! I’m glad you are experiencing new levels of freedom as you trust God in 2017. I’m also glad you “found” me through Twitter last year! I appreciate your readership. May God continue to encourage you through this blog and any other “Spirit-filled” resources He allows you to encounter. Blessings to you!

      February 3, 2017

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