Christian Life

The Lens of Truth

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Last weekend my husband and I took a drive into the mountains where we spent two nights away.  It was a sunny day, and I rode along with my sunglasses on, “Ooo-ing” and “Ahhh-ing” over the colors of the trees as we climbed the higher altitude.

At some point during our drive, I took my glasses off, only to discover that my colored lenses had really enhanced the autumn hues.  The  trees were pretty, but not peaked yet, as I had thought.   My colored lenses had changed the scenery to look even better than real life! Taking it a step further –  I liked the difference those glasses made so much that I took the picture above from behind its lenses!

Hmmm, don’t I prefer to look through those kind of colored lenses at myself when there is a possibility that I have not responded correctly to a situation?!  I much rather believe that I am justified in my anger, have a right to refuse to forgive, to enjoy my laziness, neglect to share the Gospel, or to tell a friend about what someone did to me. Colored lenses in place.  Everything’s beautiful!  I’m just fine, thank you!

Pulling off the colored lenses and seeing things as they really are means seeing the truth as revealed in God’s Word – the truth about the condition of my heart.

Every word of God is pure:

he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Proverbs 30:5

I open God’s Word and the clear, beautiful Truth shines in, bringing conviction.  I see my sin as it really is.  Why?  Because God’s Word is pure, true, right.  Shining up against my sin, I see the result of my ugly choices and how they distort and change the real condition of my life before my Savior Who loves me enough to point out my sin and protect me from further consequences.

Now it’s decision time – will I obey or continue to fool myself with the colored lenses of self-adulation?

I will confess.  I will turn from the error and see what needs to be forsaken.  And you know what?  God allows confession and getting things right to be the most beautiful part of my day.  I can then see His grace shining through, allowing me to walk in victory, and for His glory, to point to the cross!

From now on, when I view the beauty of the scenery, I’ll enjoy the additional intensity my colored lenses give, but will remember how much better it is to view myself through the clear lens of Truth found in God’s Word!

Is there a sin in your life that you are justifying?  How does it line up with God’s Word?  I pray you’ll see the need to look at it clearly  and honestly and get things right between you and the Lord, if necessary.  It’s a beautiful sight to see a believer in fellowship with God!

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Christian Life

God’s Virus Protection

 

 

There was a recent death in our family – my computer!  Oh the sadness. I knew it was coming, so I had braced myself.  Then the new baby (computer) came home – several months later.  With my purchase came a 30-Day free virus protection.  At the end of those 30 days, I got a notification to tell me that my computer would no longer be protected unless I bought the plan.  Keeping the computer free from harmful attacks of viruses or hackers was important, so I took them up on the discounted offer and purchased the year agreement.

At that moment after hitting “purchase,” my computer got a work over.  Scans were run to make sure all was clear.  Files were checked.  Programs got a once-over.  When all was said and done, I got a note telling me that I could rest easy – my computer was free of anything harmful, and my computer’s future was also safe.

I’m thankful for those kinds of protections!  I have no way of knowing when harmful things come into my computer, so it’s a blessing to have this kind of technology to run interference for me!

As a Christian, I know that God’s Holy Spirit is my personal protection against sinful “viruses,” if you will, entering my life.  Its potential is to destroy all that is good and right.  Jesus purchased every believer’s “protection plan” when He died on the cross.  We read in John Jesus’ words that He would send a Comforter – the Holy Spirit. Here’s how that plan works in my life:

  • Each morning I start my day in prayer, asking God to run a scan (check my heart) to detect what sin is there.
  • When the Spirit of God points to a sin in my life, I acknowledge it, rather than arguing about its presence.
  • I call it what God calls it – a lie (not a little fib), gossip (not a prayer request), laziness (not just being tired), etc.  I John 1:9 If we confess our sin…
  • He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. After I call it what it really is, then I ask God to get rid of the infected files (sin and ask Him to forgive me).  He promises He will!

Without the Spirit’s work in my heart, just like my computer, I, too, would be rendered inoperative.  Effectiveness would shut down.  Testimony would be shut down.  Rewards in heaven – shut down.  But praise the Lord, God’s protection plan isn’t just for a year, it lasts my entire Christian life!  My renewal is just my daily walk and desire for Him to keep my heart pure.  We must turn the computer on (pray) and seek God’s face each day.

Are you walking in close fellowship and keeping your heart pure by the Spirit’s cleansing? Are you wondering why “things just aren’t working right now?”  It could be that there is sin that needs to be dealt with!  He’s just a notification away!  Call and He will hear, cleanse and forgive!

With love,