Getting Ready to Build Your Truth Book

As a young mother, I found a bedraggled face staring back at me from the bathroom mirror.  My shirt was soaked with spit up over my shoulder and down my back and I had two nothing-to-see-here breast milk headlights that were only going to get worse.  I didn’t smell any better than I looked and aside from stuffing my bra with nicely folded toilet paper, there was very little hope for me at that point.  The baby, on the other hand, was immaculate.  If he didn’t look and smell like a Johnson & Johnson scratch and sniff ad in a woman’s magazine, I would change him into one of the many, many spare outfits I would pack in the enormous bad that I schlepped around around.  He not only had clean, fresh clothing and toiletries, but medical supplies, a grooming kit, bedding, toys, a camera to capture his fabulosness and reference material should I face an unfamiliar situation.  I packed what he needed for sure, what he might need, what he probably wouldn’t need but it would be nice to have and then I multiplied it by a factor of 50 and added a few more items.  As I looked at the walking exhibit of human excretion that I had become, I wondered why it never occurred to me to pack a spare T-shirt for myself.  All of me was completely engrossed in serving this 12 pounds of humanity.  There was no concern from myself to myself even though I was the source of life and what would preserve this parasite.  I was the host.  Without me, he was screwed and yet I had no provision for my own preservation.  I couldn’t even use the chap stick because I thought it should stay sterile in case I needed to use it on his precious little bow lips. If I became dehydrated or–more likely–was forced to suffer emotional trauma while sporting crusty while bulls-eyes of dried breast milk on my blouse–there was nothing in the bag for me.

In terms of my spiritual life, my flesh is that baby.  It is demanding and coddled and pampered and I spend way too much time taking care of it while my eternal Soul–the real me–is tired and neglected.  My love affair with my flesh is so deep and torrid and all consuming.  It is like taking care of a baby . . . a baby gorilla!  It is all so cute and sweet at first but pretty soon you are just trying to get through a feeding with out getting your arm ripped out of the socket which will surely be used to beat you senseless.  Why does the airline tell us to put the oxygen mask on ourselves FIRST before our children?  Because if we pass out, no one will be able to take care of them.  There is deep wisdom here.  If we take care of our children to the detriment of our souls and our marriages, no one will be there to truly take care of our children.  If we pamper our flesh to the exclusion of our souls, we will lose our connection with God which power to take care of ourselves in truly significant and meaningful ways.

Think of your Truth Book as a little corner of the diaper bag for mom.  In your purse full of amenities for your flesh–it is there for your soul.  The real you–the eternal you–the you that truly matters throughout all time.

Know the Terrain

My every day walk is as intentional as I choose to make it.  I have spent too many years going through my life assuming that conflict, anger, frustration and disappointment are just par for the course.   Ahhh, the good old days when I allowed myself the privilege of thinking that other people’s actions are to blame for of my negative thoughts and behaviors. I should clarify that they were MY good old days . . .they weren’t good for anyone else.  When you make yourself a Truth Book, you are choosing to make your walk intentional and take responsibility to keep your baby gorilla in line.  You are coming into a situation with a badly behaving preschooler and an exhausted mother.  You are your own Holy Spirit-Super Nanny and you are going to give the Soul-Mom tools to settle down the flesh-kid.

Just the Right Tools

There is no such thing as a one size fits all survival kit–I think this is a perfect time to point out that there is not a one size fits all night gown either and anyone who markets one as such is just asking for trouble, but I digress.  Survival kits are unique to the situation and the subject.    If you ventured to put together a survival kit that would address every individual in every possible situation, you would need to rent a truck to carry it.  Everything that anyone would need from waterproof matches to iodine pills would be right there in the U-Haul.  At any given time, you probably only need a few items.  The diabetic hiker might take a signal mirror and some glucose tablets.  The Alaskan bush pilot might select a radio and an emergency Mylar blanket.  Before leaving on a road trip, the driver might pack jumper cables and flares.  Does the lift raft patch kit have more intrinsic value than a syringe with epinephrine?  Outside of a situation framework they are both equally valuable, utilitarian items.  But given the right set of circumstances, one could save your life.

The Bible is our one-size-fits-all survival kit for our journey through spiritual, emotional and relationship journeys in our life.  In it, God has provided everything that everyone needs for every situation.  It is His U-Haul truck full of survival items and all of them are good and useful.    We have blessed access to all Truth all the time.  Praise God for that!  It should be our joy to get in there and touch and feel every tool in that truck.  We might never need the Rattlesnake Anti venom but we should know where it is just in case we meet someone who does.  We all have specific needs from God’s inventory of survival tools. Your Truth Book becomes the little fanny pack–gross, who ears a fanny pack–back pack of items that will serve you.   I needed to pack tools to address fear and anger.   Only you can know what you may need to pull from the available tools to have right on hand should you get into trouble.

Timing is Everything

This would be a bad project to take on if you can’t manage to seat yourself into a good mental place.  you should be prayed up, connected with God and not under stress, in a hurry, hungry or otherwise compromised.  The Super Nanny always shows up in a uniform, with hair coiffed and her game face on.  You need to bring that kind of presence to this project.  Here is what the Truth Book can become if you aren’t very careful:

  •  Condemnation of yourself or others
  • Judgement of yourself or others
  • An excuse for bad behavior
  • An Indictment of yourself or others
  • A confirmation of the very lies that got us here
  • An anchor that pulls you farther in to the ocean of crapulence

I often hear people say “The truth shall set you free.” Leave it to the enemy to take what is true and change it just enough to make it a lie.  John 8:32 says “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  It isn’t in two sentences.  It is indivisible.  The truth you KNOW will set you free.  Taking on the Truth Book requires a certain amount of knowledge of two kinds of Truth.  God’s Truth needs to be resident inside you and you need an understanding of where you spin out.  You know that God is love, you know that you are His righteousness in Christ, you know that His promises for you are Yes and Amen!  You also realize that you struggle with self-wroth, unforgiveness, anger or fear.  It doesn’t mean you have it down, it just means you can access it.  If you don’t feel like you know enough of God’s truth to be made free, work on the Truth Book with someone whom you trust who can come alongside you.  If you know lots of God’s truth but are still living in the world where all of your problems are someone else’s fault, you need to find a trusted friend who is brave enough (because I’ll just bet you’re a firecracker) to suggest places where you might need a little truth.  Like, I don’t know, let’s say that giant telephone pole sticking out of your right eye that keeps clubbing everyone you get close to in the head.  If you doubt that, ask the people around you, just don’t be surprised if they duck when they see you coming.

Know your Audience

Your Truth Book is a letter from your best and highest Holy-Spirit-Connected-Soul-self to your flesh-kid self in a heated moment of haze and chaos or in the depths of despair or anxiety. Think of it as a friend who will follow you around and keep you in check.  Imagine someone by your side as you slip into some destructive behavior to gently put hands on your shoulders and say “Hey, we talked about this, honey.  You don’t really want to go there.  Let me remind you how much better things are the other way.”  The tone is God’s tone.  It is loving and warm and kind and compassionate.  There is no condemnation or judgement, there is only love and truth.

This letter can only come from you to you.  Only you know how you think and where you stumble.  Only you can call you out on your secret thought patters and little snugly trysts with those trampy twins we know as s  Self Pity and Self Righteousness. Only you truly  know when you allow yourself to soak in a hot spring of anger or cool river of despair. It takes great courage to look into these patterns of behavior and thinking with the honest intentions of God.  Just like walking with a physical limp is a result of a physical trauma of to the body, these patterns of thinking and behavior may be the result of some emotional or spiritual trauma.  The physical therapist doesn’t need to know how you injured your leg to be able to assist you in healing.  Your current condition is enough to inform her.  You don’t need to know how you got here.  Just present your limp and let’s get to walking it out.

Prayerfully consider where you are likely to stumble in terms of thought patterns or behavior.  Here are some of the likely candidates:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Unforgiveness
  • Complaining
  • Nagging
  • Rage
  • Bitterness
  • Hopelessness
  • Judgement
  • Pride
  • Selfishness
  • Jealousy
  • Shame
  • Depression
Each of these emotional states or behaviors is based on a lie from the enemy that is preventing God’s Truth from being the primary driving force in your life.  It is the lie that we want to cast out with the Truth.  We won’t even give the lies that you have been told the dignity of appearing on a page.  I want you to begin but framing each of the lies in terms of God’s Eternal truth.  Here are some examples of born again lies that became truths:
  • God will love me regardless of my performance in life.
  • God has provided and will continue to provide enough for me and my family.
  • I love the people at my Church and know that God wants me to bound together in one body with them.
  • My Children are safe and happy and I am confident that God will watch over them when I am not present.
  • My Marriage is a lifelong commitment between me and my husband.  We love each other passionately and have joy in our relationship.
  • God will give me wisdom to face the challenges of blending our two families and being a good step-parent.
  • My mouth will be a fountain of life-affirming words over my husband, my children and my entire household.
  • I am completely forgiven and walk in righteousness and freedom!
  • I forgive those who have sinned against me and carry no grudges for past wrongs.
These are the kind of affirmations that should be on your list.  Refine them and live with them a little bit to make sure that they truly speak to God’s intention for your life.

 

Write the Vision and Make it Plain

As we left the church office Paul said “I want you to write that all down.  I don’t want to lose anything.”  I was thinking the same thing and God was–as per usual –way ahead of all of us.  I sat down to my computer and began typing up an email to Paul recounting the conversation with our Pastor.  I wrote and revised as scriptures came to mind and the email became an unwieldy mess that wouldn’t look very pretty on his phone.  I moved it all into Word where I could set scriptures and afterthoughts aside from the content of the meeting.  It all just started taking on a life of its own as I worked with the content to preserve it in a meaningful way.

Little Moleskine Notebooks

I partake deeply and often of Ann Voskamp and “A Holy Experience”.  She introduced me to Moleskine Journals and I love them.  They are nice and flat and can be tucked into a pocket or inserted into a Bible for study/sermon notes.  I kept coming back to all of the times that the Lord called on his people to write it down.  Write the vision, make it plain!  Get a tablet or a scroll.  Engrave the tablet of your heart. Keep it ever before your eyes.  Yes.  This is what I needed.  I wanted a tool at the ready to snap me out of a death spiral into lie land–and the Truth Book was born.

Truth and Promise Delivery: Habakkuk Style

We read in Habakkuk 2:2-4

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make itplain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision isyet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Yes, Lord.  When I process that piece of scripture and make it my own for this project it looks like this:

I will write the vision and make it plain–Truth and Promise.  Lord, that I may run when I read it–run toward you and away from lies and destruction.  These Truths are for a time when I am spinning out of control.  Anything good or righteous within me is because my soul is lifted up by you and for you,  It is by faith that your Truth will minister to me.

Anchor Verse

I asked my daughter Sunny for a scripture because I believe–as I have told her to her unending chagrin–one of her specific spiritual gifts is blessing people with just the right piece of scripture.  She didn’t know what I was working on, I just said “Just pray about it and see what the Lord has for me” to which she responded “I’m not a slot machine like you could pull my handle and verse comes out.”  Isn’t it wonderful that a 14 year old can be wonderfully spiritually gifted and still entirely developmentally appropriate?  Thank you, Lord.  I gave her the choice of praying about it of having me stick a quarter up her nose.  She preferred the former- though barely– and came back to me with this from           Isaiah 55:11-12:

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me void,          Without accomplishing what I desire,  And without succeeding in the matterfor which I sent it. For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Thank you Lord for confirmation.  That verse became the rock upon which all of my Truth and Promises are anchored.  The Truth of the Lord will go forth and not return to Him empty but it will accomplish what He desires–Promises– and succeed in the matter for which He sent it–bringing me out with Joy!  His Truth will always yield His Promises.  Mountains in my path will break forth into shouts of joy!  I will go out with peace!  Thank you, Lord!  It’s on!

Note to Self

Habakkuk was right about another thing. . . those times come.  I began to draft this  letter from my better self to my weaker self. Here I am now close to the Lord, clear on His Truth, upheld by His Promise, living high on faith and from this happy place . . . wait for it . . .it will surely come the Catherine who will be angry, negative, sarcastic, despondent and wallowingly crappulent.  Fewer and farther between-Yes, Lord.  Less and less often–Hallelujah!  I AM being transformed from Glory to Glory–Praise God! Until I see perfection in eternity, some stuff just doesn’t tarry.  So I began my Truth Book with a note to myself:

Catherine,

Everything in this book is the absolute, unshakable, unchangeable, eternal, powerful, God-breathed TRUTH.  If you abide in my Word, you are my disciples indeed and you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you Free! John 8:31-32

We know that words have power and reading is good but speaking is better so the next page is an action item for Crappy-Attitude Catherine:

Say Aloud:

  • Thank you, Lord for the Truth
  • Thank you, Holy Spirit for the fruit of the spirit–Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.
  • Thank you, Jesus for my eternal salvation and relationship with God.

Then I go straight from preaching to meddling:

  • Thank you, ________________ for handing me the Truth and reminding me of God’s Goodness.
  • I renounce and repent to God and man for stepping outside of Truth’s Holy covering”

A margin note reminds lesser me “give details, try to be sincere.”  It is good to know your audience.

My specific areas of struggle are with Anger and Fear.  My basic formula is repentance, Truth, Promise.  In my Truth book, it looks like this:

  • Repentance:  I renounce and repent for harboring, enjoying, encouraging, giving in to, playing with, entertaining, excusing, justifying the spirit of anger in my thoughts and deeds.
  • Truth: Anger is not ever, never, no matter the circumstance, always going against the intention of God in my life.
  • Promise:  James 4:7 Therefore, submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
  • Truth: I have been delivered.  I am set Free.  I am not Angry.
  • Promise: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in Thee.

The pages go on with affirmations of Truth and scriptural Promise.  I would characterize it as equal parts encouragement, reminder, proclamation and smack down.  I need all those things.  Anger is such a powerful emotion.  Anger is blinding, I need reminding.  Words are powerful–I will proclaim the Truth.  Little Catherine inside who is really just scared and sad–don’t pay any attention to that girl behind the curtain.  She needs encouragement.  Then there is Catherine the Great and Powerful Self-Righteous One–smack down worthy if ever there was one.

I left some blank pages and moved on to addressing fear.  That followed the same basic formula but less smack-down more encouragement.  I folded some pages into the binding and put my Truth on the outside, the Promise of scripture on the inside and the citation (address) on the back.  At this point, I moved into the little book.  I made it a refuge place.  I got paper tape (Washi tape) and gel pens and stickers and began to make it a beautiful, permanent place of worship and praise.  I wanted to live between the covers for a while.  I wrote more notes and expanded meanings as I dwelled with the words.  I made the vision plain . . . I just didn’t leave it that way.  The book got tricked out because, and ladies you know this, what doesn’t glitter make better?

Now that the book was beautiful and full of promise and hope and joy and TRUTH I began to look forward to getting angry and frightened so I could see how it worked.  I am anticipating your thoughts now and would like to suggest you include a few pages on being judgemental in your Truth book.  It goes with the whole out-of-body feeling of this adventure.  I felt utterly separate and outside-looking-in-on the behaviors and patterns that I was addressing.  This third person voice was able to speak things that were uncompromisingly True and powerful.  I receive it as a gift from God that I could have clarity around things so tender and often so protected in my heart even while they cause me harm.

A strange thing has happened, much to my disappointment, the Truth book has performed as an immunization rather than an antidote.  It is settling in me and preventing the very thing I made it to address.  I hope that the creator of the universe who called light to exist out of nothing finds it adorable when I am ever pleasantly surprised and enchanted when His plans come together so exceedingly abundantly better than I could have imagined.  Then I am humbly laid bare before the awesome weight of it all and I am awestruck that He should provide such caring, perfect and timely blessings to me.  Then, right before my brain explodes just trying to get a handle on it all, I laugh with joy and love for Him and know that is enough for now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Prime Meridian

North to South to North Again

Fly in your mind with me from the Equator to the North Pole.  Straight up!  Go northward, and northward and cruise right over the polar ice cap.  Keep going North . . . uh oh, you’re going South now.  Don’t worry, once you soar over Antarctica you will be headed North again.  North and South are intimately connected and flow in and out of one another.   The Prime Meridian, and her 359 Longitudinal sisters stretch around the globe form North to South and North again since well before we gave them names.  Based upon them we navigate, we tell time, we move and understand our world.

 

Now we’ll soar East, as far East as we can go–right along the Equator from South America over the choppy Atlantic, Eastward over Africa and the Indian Ocean, right over the top of Australia, through Asia and Eastward still over the broad Pacific until we continue East over South America and Eastward yet over the . . . . how do you spell that needle scratching on the record sound.  What?  When we flew North we ended up going South.  East and West never touch.  Isaiah tells us that when we ask for forgiveness, God puts our sin away from His memory as far as the East is from the West.  I ask you, my fellow traveler, how far is that?  God’s divine wisdom moved the hand–of a man who surely didn’t even know that the planet was round (or for that matter even a planet as part of a solar system)– across the page to tell us that our sin and His grace are on one line but never, ever make contact.  Holy. If Sin and God’s Grace are East and West, I will call Truth and Promise North and South–same, flowing, connected, united, continuous and continuing–Holy Holy Holy

A distinction without a difference

Is something True because God promises it or does God Promise because it is True?  Honestly, I am not sure that it much matters.  I start with Truth because my struggle is against the lies of the enemy.  You could start with God’s Promises and then extrapolate the Truths of your life from those.    Go North to go South, go South to go North–it doesn’t matter!  Just fly on knowing the Truth and living the Promise.

So we begin this journey seeking Truth.  I found it by revealing the anti-Truth that was festering in my heart.  Weeds that have been growing in the dark corners of my heart choking out the fruit that I want to bear.   Worry is sunshine and despondency is rain on the thicket of thorny lies.  Every negative thought a a scoop of manure that those rotten, flower-choking, invasive weeds are taking into their serpentine roots and using to grow and increase.  Stop entertaining the lies and starve the thicket from fertilizer. State the truth and deprive the weeds from sun and rain.  Speak the Promises of God’s Holy Word and the underlying good plants will flourish and the weeds will be choked out.  Jesus didn’t spend his time rebuking the enemy with spiritual Round-Up; rather, He spoke the Word and claimed his authority.  It is subtle but important.  It is all about the focus.  Round-up is meant for weeds–yes, meant to harm–but still meant to act upon them. In this spiritual economy, even focusing on something to kill it feeds it a bit . . . while you are busy telling the enemy how he can’t torment you any more, you aren’t talking to God.  Don’t even give him that victory.  Tell him to get behind you and then tend to the good fruit-bearing vines in your heart.  All else will shrivel and die.

Lies restated as Truths paired with Promises from Scripture:

Truth:
All of my sins are forgiven me.  There is nothing that I have done that is too terrible to be forgiven for.  God knows all of my sin and forgives all of my sin.
Promise
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. 2Cor 5:17
Truth:
God will provide for us materially, spiritually and relationally.
Promise:
He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we are able to ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph 3:20
Truth:
I am confident and capable of powerful thoughts.  I can accomplish important tasks well.
Promise:
For God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7

God is the author and creator of positive thinking.  He breathed this formula into being.  Think of it as the real formula or recipe.  It is the recipe for True perfection in the spiritual realm.  For our purposes, let’s call it chocolate.  God presents the world with this recipe for perfect chocolate.  Anyone can make it given the proper time and ingredients.  It is the most delicious, heavenly stuff.  People sit still to eat of it.  It is savored and enjoyed and it is satisfying.  The enemy, seeing the power of it and loving the counterfeit presents a slightly changed recipe.  It is faster to prepare, has fewer and cheaper ingredients and produces something similar.  There is just enough Truth from the first recipe to make it satisfying enough to distract people away from the Truth.  As the popularity of the worldly counterfeit increases, the real deal becomes more and more rare.  Some people even try, with good intentions, to use some of the shortcuts of the worldly chocolate and call it God’s recipe.  They are serving it up in Jesus’ name so it must be good, right?  You can name it God’s recipe and you can claim it as God’s recipe and still not make it so. Now true seekers of God’s recipe are confused.  What is the True original and what is tainted?  Should we just stay away from all of it?  Can you see how we, the beloved of God, step away from his gifts out of loyalty to Him?  Let you heart break for that.  Oh Lord, forgive us our forsaking of your truth out of fear of the world.  Bring us home and show us the fullness of the life you have for us.

The world has repackaged God’s plan for spiritual renewal as positive thinking, cognitive therapy, affirmations, channeling universal power and other counterfeit ”Secrets” revealed in best sellers.  They are all shadows cast on a cave wall.  The real deal is God’s.  If any of the world’s reworked versions are effective it is because all truth is God’s Truth.  Cheap chocolate still tastes sweet.  Christian, we own this.  It is in our bloodlines and our family tradition.  The father of lies first steals God’s method and presents it to the world as new age nonsense.  That is an affront to God in itself.  Worse though, Christians, in the name of righteousness reject God’s design for fear of engaging false teaching.  But not you and not me.  We dive in full force.  We see how the world has stolen our birthright and made it cheap and we cling even nearer to the Word.

 

 

Truth v truth

All Truth is God’s Truth

As I new believer, I was averse to citing any theory or dogma that was not Christian.  I became a bit paralyzed as I struggled to clear out my mental filing cabinet and recategorize things.  In my limited understanding, I now had two main categories of information: Christian and Non-Christian.   A baby approaching the world and seeing faces as “Mommy” or “Not the Mommy”.  I was seeing everything as of my Heavenly Father or not.  A wise friend helped me when I got stuck on a book written by a secular therapist, espousing generally secular ideas that had helped me understand myself better.  Clearly I couldn’t file it under Christian, but it wasn’t–as I now understood my other category to mean–untrue either.  She said “All truth is God’s Truth.”  That really blew my mind.  I had been moving through my early Christian life trusting what was labeled Christian and distrusting what was not rather than trusting Christ-the very embodiment of Truth.

The “Christian=Good and Secular=Bad” paradigm orders the created before the Creator.  Imagine that you had a padlock and I knew the combination: 8-12-95.  It wouldn’t matter how I delivered that combination to you, it would always open the lock.  I could teach a toddler how to say that and have her tell you and it would be as true as if I had a Nasa engineer tell you.  The truth is no respecter of persons.  The Truth is.  It simply is.  The Cross that saved the world has been usurped by evildoers and some who have done great good have done it outside of the covering of His Blood.  By knowing the Word Become Flesh, we can know the Truth.  I see as the little baby- it is of God or it is not of God.  Lord, that I would know the truth as well as the baby knows Mamma’s face.  Let it dwell richly in us.

The deep truths about you and me aren’t true because we believe them; they are True because they are Truth.  Chanting repeatedly that I am a bird who can fly will never make it so.  Fortunes have been won with books and videos sharing the secret of speaking what is not into being.  God doesn’t call us to say anything that is untrue for the sake of future gain.  Rather, God calls us to speak the Truth.  (Prov 8:6-7) (Prov 12:16-18) (2 Cor 6:1-10) (Prov 3:3)

Remember Plato and the poor children his allegory chained to a wall in a very dark cave?  They grew up only able to see shadows of forms on the wall cast by people and objects passing in front of a great fire behind them.  They only saw darkness until benevolent Socrates let one go.  Our freed captive could turn around for the first time in his life and see the source of the shadowplay he had knows as reality.  He didn’t correlate the dimensional people he saw with the flat shadows he knew.  Confronted by the shocking reality and too-bright-firelight wouldn’t that man turn back toward the world he knew of familiar shapes and sounds?  The author of the allegory says he would.  Glory that the Author and Finisher of your Faith says you won’t.

After living with only the shadows of truth, the Truth seems surreal and even untrue.  Uncomfortable, unfathomable, unfamiliar, strange, too bright, too real, too much to hope for.  God’s Truth is as foreign to the lies I have been listening to as the sun-bathed world outside of the cave would be to Plato’s prisoners.  I can barely see it for it’s electrifying power against my dimly conditioned eyes.  Plato supposes that one would be so shocked and horrified by life as it truly is that he would run back to the safety of the cave preferring the shadow world.  God knows you better than that and for that we give praise!

You would run back into the cave and say tell the others of warmth of sun, sweetness of grass and colors alight.  You would be speaking the Truth that is unseen in the back of the cave and yet, no less True.  In fact, the lie is that this little glimpse of the world is a true representation.  Lord, that we would know you so well that we would believe the messenger who tells us that the world we have seen and understood and known is not the real world of your Light and Truth.

Stay near and dwell in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit as we go deeper in. God is timeless and limitless; he cannot be contained in our teeny boxes made of centuries and molecules. The Truth–God our Christ–is outside of our puny, earth realm. What you see within space and time is as flat and dim as what Plato’s Prisoners saw on that cave wall.  When you speak the Truth over your situation, it needs to be The Truth of  our Timeless Heavenly Father.  It is as bright and unimaginably real as life outside the cave.

Our Lord came to bring you out of the cave:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19 NKJV

If it is Truth, it is Truth for all time.  Truth–God’s very being– is not temporary and it is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). Therefore anything that is true about you and me is true for all time and eternity.  Shadows on the wall can never be more than shadows on the wall.  It doesn’t matter what we believe about them, they are what they are because there is objective Truth–Praise God!

When doing the work of stating the Truths that God has proclaimed over you, it isn’t enough to craft phrases that denounce lies.  A lie that is being denounced is a lie that is still getting some attention.  It is the difference between our freed platonic prisoner saying “I am out of the darkness” and “I am in the light”.  Can you feel the difference in your spirit?

I write this aware that one of my Truth Statements is “Paul will never leave me.”  I will restate that as “Paul and I will always be together as one flesh.”  Better?  Yes.