“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill
“Half the things we tell ourselves are fiction.” Steve Martin
In the movie, “House Sitter,” with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, Goldie plays the role of a woman who lies compulsively, albeit charmingly. She takes over Steve’s unoccupied house by pretending to be his wife, and invades his hometown and family, initially unbeknownst to Steve’s character who lives in another city, where he originally meets Goldie. When Steve eventually shows up back in his hometown, and discovers her deception, he ultimately becomes a part of the scheme, all to win back his former girlfriend. In true Hollywood style, the movie gives all the characters a happy ending, mostly.
We know that’s bunko in real life. The movie is a fun comedy but every time I watch it, I’m struck fresh by how complicated it is to live apart from the truth. As the movie progresses, both Steve and Goldie must continue to create taller and grander lies to Steve’s friends and family so that the couple can keep up the illusion that they are married. It’s cute and disturbing simultaneously.
Much of American culture seems okay right now with lying and deceit in seats of power and influence in government, entertainment and sports and business. Even when someone is outed for straight up lying, there are often no consequences. We know that heaven is taking note and days of justice and reckoning are coming for all who are unrepentant. Meanwhile though, how important do you think it is for Christians to be known as people of truth?
I think that when Christians are outed as liars, tremendous damage is done to our ability to spread the gospel. Lost people decide we are no different from them and we don’t have the goods on righteous living. The thing is we do. We need more of us demonstrating that daily to nullify the effects of the few who struggle to walk with integrity.
This last week of my devotional, “Four Gifts,” is all about the truth, the last gift of light listed in Ephesians 5:8-9. Here is Day One. The rest of this week’s meditations can be downloaded off my website at pastorsfeistywife.com under “Bible Studies and Devotionals.” Merry Christmas and determine to allow God to make you a brighter light in 2021 with greater measures of goodness, righteousness, and truth.
Four Gifts Devotional
Week Four- Truth
Verse: “Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth,” Ephesians 6:14 NLT.
Do you ever get funny feelings in your stomach? I get butterflies there when I’m nervous or angry. Lots of times we feel stuff in our gut. Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ve got a gut feeling about this?” Athletic trainers call it our core. Core strength is important for health.
Core strength is important in our Christian life too. Spiritual core strength is what you believe about God. We call those core beliefs. We base those beliefs on Bible verses and the adventures we have with God. He thinks that our spiritual core strength is so important that he gives us a weapon to protect it. He calls it the Belt of Truth. Why is it a belt and why is it truth?
We need truth to fight Satan who God calls the father of lies. Satan lies all the time about who we are and who God is. He wants to get our feelings and guts all mixed up. He wants to make us feel sad and weak. You know how a belt holds your pants up? Our Belt of Truth holds our feelings up, so they don’t droop either. God wants us to wear our Belt of Truth so that we can say, “No, that’s a lie!” when Satan tries to do that. Here are some of the lies Satan tries on us. Next to each one is a core belief, or truth, that cancels out that lie.
You are weak.
You are strong and mighty. Exodus 15:2
You are ugly.
You are beautiful. Psalm 139:14
No one likes you.
I will love you forever. Lamentations 3:22
You are too scared to do that.
I will give you courage. Deuteronomy 31:6
Every time you read your Bible or memorize a verse, your Belt of Truth gets bigger and stronger. It will protect you more from Satan’s tricks. It will help you to speak truth when others are lying.
When we walk and talk truth about Jesus, that brings light into the lives of others. There are lots of lies and mixed-up things in our world. We can be light bearers when we wear our Belts of Truth. We can help others see Satan’s lies and say no to him also. Wear your belt every day.
Prayer: Thank you for my Belt of Truth, God. Help me to make it stronger by reading and memorizing the Bible. I want to be a light bearer of truth.
Just for fun: I think we have gotten lazy about memorizing the Bible. Here are some links to ideas that will help us make scripture memory a habit.