The Lies We Believe

"LOST IN THE WOODS". Original is 20" x 16", oil on canvas. Done in high school. 4:5 ratio.

“LOST IN THE WOODS”. Original is 20″ x 16″, oil on canvas. Done in high school.

For length purposes, I won’t go into all the details, but after what I believe to be a couple of encounters with a witch-who by the way was a very nice lady-not at all what I expected (not really sure what I expected, but nice wasn’t really one of my expectations), and hearing her messages and how interlaced they were with all kinds of other messages out there that honestly sound great and true by the world’s standards, and reading an article like this last night, I have been really stirred up lately.

Articles like that sound great, right? There shouldn’t be a reason for me to be stirred up against it, should there? I mean, we can’t love our neighbors as we love ourselves if we don’t love ourselves first, right?

Did anybody have to tell you to wake up this morning (or sleep in if you so preferred)? Did anybody have to tell you to feed yourself when you got hungry-or shower, shave, workout, put on makeup, or do whatever you do to get ready or not do just because you didn’t feel like it? Did anybody have to tell you to put on more clothing to keep yourself warm from the cold? Anybody have to tell you to take a drink when you were thirsty? No? Or how about when you had to be around someone who has hurt you badly-did you cringe or try to get back at them or even just try not to be around them ’cause you wanted to shield yourself from more hurt? No? Interesting. So, in other words, it came naturally to you to protect yourself and take care of yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that. God made us that way.

This might be a long stretch, but I’m guessing that’s why He said that we should love our neighbors AS we love ourselves (Mark 12:31-though it’s in all the gospels) because we do not need to be told to love ourselves. We already do that. In fact, I think there’s too much of that. Murders, drunkenness, envy, strife, divisions-those do not come from loving others too much, but rather acting out of our own selfishness.

This witch I met, like I said, was really nice to me. She spoke all about having self love, about finding your center and truth in yourself, unleashing your inner power, finding your inner strength, teaching about the circle of light that “we all have within ourselves”, making vision boards to learn from our past, and she wanted to act as a guide to help others find that same truth and strength inside of themselves and apparently was very intuitive and knew all about other people before they even shared things with her. I’m very intuitive and can understand that, and all these things sound great, don’t they? I mean, you hear things like that in yoga, in Kung Fu Panda, in holistic practices (I’m all for being natural and using homeopathic remedies, by the way), really, it’s ALL around us, over all kinds of internet articles, and even from different teachers/pastors that are supposed to be speaking God’s truth. So why would I have a problem with it?

My problem is with the source of that strength and power. Psalm 16:2 says:

~*O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.”*~

Nothing good comes from us. NOTHING. Apart from Him we can do NOTHING. Our strength does not lie within us, it lies within Him.

In fact, my pastor just brought up some verses on Sunday (so thankful we have a pastor who is not afraid to speak the truth whether or not it’s popular or easy to hear!) where Jesus was saying we’re to love God so much that it would seem like we hate ourselves in comparison to how much we love Him (Luke 14:26-27).

Do I think God really wants us to hate ourselves? No, I don’t. I do, however, think that if we love God first, and others as much as we love ourselves, and in humility serve others as we would ourselves, and are willing to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him that we’ll finally find the life that we were searching for all along (Luke 9:23-27). Not to mention, you cannot truly love until you have received love from the Source of true Love who loved us first-whose love does not run dry-meaning you can love people who don’t love you back and who don’t deserve it since we don’t deserve it from Him.

God’s message is not a popular or easy one. We’re not meant to carry the weight of trying to do it though. By His grace, we can give Him our burdens and take on the burden He gives us where His yoke is easy and His burden is light. When we cast our cares upon Him, He will take care of us and you can realize just how much HE loves US that we don’t have to worry about taking care of ourselves since He does such a good job of it already. The Creator of the UNIVERSE cares about US that much-SO much He sent His only begotten Son to die for us-He thinks we’re worth Jesus’ blood-& He sent His Son to die for us while we were still in our filthy sin! This is amazing news! He does think we’re valuable and He wants to be with us! Can you even fathom that?! Seriously-the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the Creator of ALL good things wants to be with us!!! It’s seriously giving me goosebumps and tears writing that.

To say that He doesn’t want the best for us is a lie from Satan and exactly what he made Eve believe in the garden-that God was holding something back from her, that He didn’t have her best in mind. It might seem that we can discern between the knowledge of good and evil, but the world’s wisdom is foolishness to God. If you’re trying to find truth outside of God’s Word, you’re only deceiving yourself, because Jesus is (not was, is-past, present, future!) THE way, THE TRUTH, and THE life-you cannot find it or any of those apart from Him.

~*SUBSTITUTING THE ABSOLUTES*~
How easily we substitute
Every lie for every absolute
Because we’re free to believe
Our own truth
How easily we’ve been deceived
Every religion clashing with what we believe
Forming different beliefs by every book we read
Every example we see
And every person proclaiming truth
With opinion
We think to be free
Means to state our mind
Claim our rights
And we ignore the liberty
That Jesus Christ died to set us free
And we’re binding our own wrists
We’re banging our fists
We’re chaining ourselves down
But all the while, we’re claiming
A new freedom we’ve found
Because love,
Yeah loves makes the world go ’round
Or at least that’s how musicians put it
And we believe every minute of it
And there’s maybe some truth to it
But the truth is, we’ve substituted
Fact with feeling
Separation from God with healing
And it’s got me wondering
When did the serpent speak to us?
Or did he ever leave us?
Because we’re substituting
People with God
Beauty with immodesty
Worshipping with TV
And I don’t think we even realize
We’re being deceived
Lust of the flesh
Lust of the eyes
The pride of life
Satan always appears as an angel of light
And somehow, we think
He has our best intentions in mind
Because nobody, not even the devil
Could be so evil
Murderer, Thief, Father of Lies,
Stealer, Killer, Destroyer
He’s got us all blind
And somehow we’ve substituted
Satan’s lies
For Jesus Christ
Now’s the time to open our eyes
Substitute the absolute lies
With absolute Truth

-R.A.D. (me)

 **I have all kinds of Bible verses in those links because I don’t want to speak on my own authority and so if you want to have an awesome Bible study through it, I already did all the hard work for you. Hopefully though, it’ll make you thirst for more of His living water. 😉