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Truth and Lies

What my pastor said in his sermon last Sunday (you know who you are) still reverberates in my mind today.

      “Lies are very dangerous things.”

Ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, believing the lie of the evil one that God was holding out on them and other lies he had uttered, lies have been a pervasive -and I deduce-a dangerous part of our lives—whether they are in us or around us or the world we live in.

They have been responsible for the breakdown of marriages, families, friendships, and a whole litany of other problems. Most of them though, stem from what, according to my pastor (and I agree with him), is the Biggest Lie.

This Big Lie is manifest in each and every one of our lives at some point in time, and I am no exception to the rule. It happens every time I sin against God, every time I feel overwhelmed or stressed at work or elsewhere, every time when I feel a friend or family member rejects me….

A time I remember where I believed the Big Lie the most was one day in November last year where work was just stressing me out, friends were busy into Thanksgiving plans and work, and I felt really depressed and even borderline suicidal.

Then, I reluctantly went into my Bible Study group in tears and just lost it. A friend of mine disarmed the lie and comforted me. More than that, after we had Bible Study, she and a group of my female friends in the study offered to pray for me each day  of that week for my job—that things would be better, and it was. And I offered to pray for another person who was also having a hard time.

The Lie that could have lead to my self-destruction and even death had my friend not intervened that day is that I am alone….or that we are alone in this world. Even if everyone else left us, all six billion plus people, we still have God’s presence with us. In Exodus 13:21-22, it says, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” Note the phrase, “Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left..” (emphasis mine), that says in essence, that God’s presence never left the Israelites.

And also Hebrews 13:5, God says, ” Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

So, let’s go into the New Year disarming the Big Lie that we are alone—because we are never alone, especially with God! And if you know of someone who feels or is believing the lie that they’re alone? Do what my friend in the Bible Study did, assure them that God loves them and that they are not alone, comfort and encourage them, come alongside them, and if possible invest in the person’s life, thereby disarming the lie that they are alone.

 

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