How do we take these truths and make them
real in our life?
Sure, it's easy to read what we should believe.
We might even mentally agree with and "know" these truths.
But getting it to really affect our lives can be a whole different
Why is it so hard? Lots of reasons. Past experiences
and beliefs have trained our mind to think a certain way. Also,
it takes time for our beliefs to filter down into the way we act.
And most of all, it's hard to accept truth because our Enemy is
working hard to make sure we don't. Satan is the father of lies;
he knows that every lie ("untruth") we believe about God
will slow us down or even stop us in our walk with God.
So we have to start by asking God to help us. If there
is an issue you know is coming between you and Him, tell Him. Let
Him know you want to believe the truth, but that you're having a
tough time with it. Ask Him to help you and be confident that He
will...remember, He wants this relationship even more than you do!
When you ask for His help, God will guide you to specific
ways that you can begin to get His truth from your head to your
heart. Here are some additional ways you might learn to accept and
live out God's truth:
- Get some help. Whether it's a Christian
friend or counselor, a pastor, or Christian leader, talk with
someone who can give insight and encouragement as you grow in
your understanding of God. Ask God to show you who to go to.
- Identify, perhaps with help, what specific truths
about God are hard for you to accept. You might begin by identifying
specific frustrations or obstacles in your walk and ask what incorrect
views about God are causing you to think or live this way.
- Choose to believe. Sometimes we have to
make a decision to believe, even if our heart isn't fully convinced.
Your heart will follow.
- Fill your head with truth. Find, write out,
and memorize verses in the Bible that specifically address the
truth issue you are having difficulty accepting.
- Resist lies. If you find yourself thinking
lies, stop. Confront those lies with truth (that's why it's helpful
to have verses memorized). We may find a need to avoid certain
situations or relationships that negatively impact us.
- Be patient. Truth takes time to sink in.