Stop Lying to Yourself

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 32

Today’s blog was written by Travis Barfield.

No one likes a liar, especially when a liar can be close to you, like in your head. We hear so many lies that it can be hard to tell at times what the truth really is.  It is amazing how often God is speaking truth to us if we would just take the time to listen or just believe Him at His Word.  

I had a truck once that God used to speak to me; yet, I couldn’t hear it at the time. I’m not saying that God used the truck to speak to me like He did in the Old Testament with Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22). If my truck had ever audibly spoken to me, I would have probably sent it over a bridge. 

I had a truck just the way I liked it, but what people could not see was that there were many mechanical problems that caused that truck to be an absolute pain to drive. It started with engine problems that started costing more money in repairs than anyone would want to pay. I remember one repair was $1,800.00, but before that bill there were numerous others that would cost in the low hundreds, and a few close to a thousand. There is no telling the total cost in repairs that truck cost me.

The truck would run hot. Many of the warning lights on the dash would light up telling me of many malfunctions that were happening at the time. But nothing seemed to ever fix the problem. One day, a mechanic came to our house to look at the truck and little did I know that day God would speak. The mechanic began to look at the truck while it was running and as the different warnings began to light up, one in particular caught his eye. The truck was showing that it was running hot, but the mechanic took off the radiator cap and placed his finger into the fluid in the radiator and looked back at me and said, “Your truck is lying to you.”

The onboard computer was telling the truck that it was running hot; therefore, the truck “thought” it was running hot which caused so much trouble for me and the truck. That day I learned a valuable lesson not only about vehicles but also about life. There are many times that your mind is going to lie to you. The Bible states that “As a man thinks, so is the man” (Proverbs 27:19). If your mind tells you that you don’t feel well then you aren’t going to feel very well. If you mind tells you that you don’t like someone then you won’t like him or her. If your mind tells you that God hates you and is angry with you then your entire being will feel that way. Philippians 4:8-9 states, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praise worthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” 

It is important to listen to the truth and to not doubt. Don’t trust in yourself, but trust in Jesus. Trust His plans; just trust Him because in His word it says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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