In this world full of communications, it is so easy to mistake a lie for the truth. We are so constantly exposed to “ideals” of who should we be, how should we look like, what should we do; that the trap of finding our identities in anything other than Jesus Christ is right at our doorsteps.
In the middle of the struggle of my identity, it is so hard to differentiate the truth from the lies. For this reason, it is of extreme importance that we expose ourselves and our minds to the word of God. Spending time at the feet of the One who cannot lie, learning about what is truth and in the moments of struggle, letting these truths and promises affect our situation.
A practical example is: if you go to a restaurant and you see someone choking, but you have never been trained on CPR, you do not have the tools or skills to save that person’s life. In the moment of crisis, you don’t run out the door to get trained and then come back to deal with the crisis. In the middle of the situation, you are hoping to already know what do to; you hope you possess the skills and the training necessary to respond. So it is with life, we do not know when the moments of trial will come, or when temptations will present themselves to us as sweet and pleasant.
But what we know is that:
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:16-17
Did you notice that? The Scripture trains us so that we may be complete and equipped. No one in their right mind goes to war without months of training. Why then, do we think we can go out to the world without being trained and equipped in the word of God? As I have been studying the Old Testament, I marveled about the way the prophets treasured the words our Lord spoke to them.
Peter tells us that “concerning the salvation (in Jesus Christ), the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated” (1 Peter 1:10).
Now let me encourage you to spend time in the word of God, training yourself, your mind and your heart in the things of God so that when trials, temptations and just life in general knock on your door you can reach to your tool box and stand firm in the hope of our Salvation.
Take the time to read, write, listen and memorize the word of God. Make it a habit to speak the truth of God aloud – this can be to yourselves or others.