Pastor Larry’s Blog--The fifth in this year’s series of monthly thoughts that will hopefully give you some joy in the journey of living life to the fullest.
One of my favorite but heart-wrenching stories is about a little boy that loved to fish but would never catch anything. He would go through the same motions of choosing his spot, digging up worms and then proceed to fish for the day. One day, that little boy decided to switch things up. He changed his spot to fish in, dug up worms and then cast his line into the water. This time, the boy caught a fish immediately, then another and another. By days end he had caught almost a dozen fish!
However, as he began to walk home with those fish, he began to feel sick and dizzy, eventually collapsing face down in the dirt. He died that day. How you ask? In choosing a different spot, instead of digging up worms he had accidentally dug up a live nest of baby rattlesnakes! Those “stinging worms” while not possessing enough venom to kill the boy would simply numb him. By days end it was found that the boy had enough poison in him to kill two adults.
Satan is a master of subtlety and, as Scripture tells us in John 10:10a, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” I believe that one of his strategies is to entrap us with lies that we may begin to believe that start out small but eventually yield a boatload of toxin that could kill us. Are there lies that Satan has implanted in your mind and heart about who you are? How about where your self-worth is found? Are there lies from past sins that entangle your heart and keep you from feeling forgiven? The list could go on—fatigue, stress, anxiety, fear, temptation, revenge, etc.
If that’s the poison, what’s the antidote? Simply put…Jesus. Why? Because in Him there is truth. He said in John 8:32, ““If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” David, who was no stranger to sin, lies and guilt said in Psalm 31:5, “Into your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” He also said in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Col. 3:5-15 tells us that we need to “put off” those things that were a part of our old self and “put on” the new self by the renewing of our mind with the Word of God. Is it any wonder that in times of doubt, hurt, stress and lies that our desire for the Word is virtually nonexistent? Let God transform those lies you’ve believed by believing the truth He offers to all of us! The end result may be the peacethat you so desperately need and are looking for—“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)