By: Ceci Sullivan
God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24 (KJV)
I want to share a little testimony about lying to myself about my motives. I was carrying a heavy burden on my back because I was not telling myself, God, or anyone else the truth about being motivated by fear. The bible says: "Whatever is not of faith is sin." And a terrible thing happens when we lie to ourselves about our motives -- we are given over to the tormentors. (See: 1 John 4:18; Matt. 18:34). We are like the guy in the children's movie Pilgrims Progress carrying around a heavy burden, that everyone can see but us. I was living with blinders on my eyes and didn't even know it. Truth was veiled over my eyes, due to self deception. I was in the dark to a degree I could not even come out of until I was honest with myself.
This testimony is filled with great truth that could change
someone's life. Our works are not what God is looking at ultimately -- it's our MOTIVES.
So many Christians do not even get that. "I the Lord try the reins,
to give every man according to His works." (See: Jer. 17:10; Ps 7:9) The "reins" are
MOTIVATING us. It was still easy for me to live in lies, believe lies,
and be overcome by the devil's lies. I had been lying since I was a child;
living with liars and no one to help me. I was weak spiritually and there
was a reason for it I didn't even see.
Anarchist's coming is all Satan's work. All his power and signs and
miracles are fake, evil sleight of hand that plays to the gallery of
those who hate the truth that could save them. And since
they're so obsessed with evil, God rubs their noses in itógives them
what they want. Since they refuse to trust truth, they're banished
to their chosen world of lies and illusions.
Back to the story. When I was coming out of the darkness by living with a murderer and rapist, the Lord was leading me to live in the light, walk in the light, speak the truth in love, for we are members one of another. I had met and married Gene, who had been "feeding me with understanding from day one" -- understanding the spiritual curse over my life.
I was raised by people who were not honest with their motives, neither could they help me in my conscience towards God. They were dead in their conscience, so they could not help me wake up to the voice of the Lord, to lead me into all life and blessings. Dead religion. The Lord found me in my blood, (Ez. 16) and said "live", and brought a man of God into my life to "swaddle" me. Wow- does that have a deep meaning after just having three new grand-babies in my life that are "swaddled."
Now the Lord has turned that all around but I think it is due to telling myself and others the truth.
I could not get the weight off my back. I could not be free, without facing my motives. And I would have held back God's blessing my situation had I never been willing to face my fear, and realized whatever is not of faith is sin. (See: Romans 14:23). Most of what I had done in my life up to that point was motivated by fear.
I read a book called: TELLING YOURSELF THE TRUTH...... and it helped me untangle some of the lies I had lived in but knowing God, and knowing He is The Spirit Of Truth ... really should tell us all how we are open prey when we lie, and do what we are doing being motivated by fear of not getting our needs met. It's what Eve did in the garden. It's the age old sin. And the blinders come off our eyes, when we are honest. ("Give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.")
When I am honest with God, He helps me understand the wiles of the devil against my soul. He opens my blind eyes to see. When our heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away! And look how He has blessed me with Rachel, her children, and the curse the devil planned for evil that He turned into good.
Satan always tells us we will not get what we need, or tell us something to confuse our thinking with Truth ... to bring a barrier between us and God: "Go ahead and eat the apple, Eve." His tactics have never changed ... though they are subtly deceptive and effective as ever until we begin to dig in and hunger to hear the thoughts of The Spirit of Truth (The Holy Spirit) instead of the spirit of anti-christ.
The more we desire to please Jesus Christ (emulate; purpose to be like Him) , the easier it becomes to hear the thoughts of The Spirit of Truth, because the Father will make certain of it.
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