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“4 The weapons of the war we’re fighting are not of this world but are powered by God and effective at tearing down the strongholds erected against His truth. We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 The Voice

True. One true God. Historically, true was not a word that packed a lot of punch for me.  As it becomes more and more challenging to tell the difference between pop spiritualism and the gospel, I am beginning to understand that true is a very powerful word.

True: Adjective– conforming to reality or fact; not false. Real, genuine, authentic. Sincere, not deceitful. Loyal, faithful, steadfast. Reflecting the essential or genuine character of something. Conforming to a standard. Exact, precise, accurate, correct. Legitimate or rightful. Reliable, unfailing, sure. Exactly or accurately shaped, formed, fitted or placed. Honest, honorable, upright.

As I look at these descriptions, they hold great power.  For me, it offers a word of caution.  We should be wary of things that do not reflect this description; things that are not true.

So Father, put a thirst in my heart for all things true, for all things of You.  Help me come to understand You as the One True God.  Help me embrace all the ways that You are true.  Father, I pray that I will be true to You in all things and in all ways.  Thank you for Your true and perfect love and mercy and grace.  Thank you for giving me these gifts undeservedly.  Thank you for loving me so true and unconditionally.

Matthew 6:22, 24:35; Mark 3:35, John 1:9, 3:21, 15:1

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“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25 NIV

I am so very thankful for the riches and plans that God has for me.  I am thankful for the immense and powerful Love that He has for me.  Somewhere along the line, I realized that I had tapes playing in my head that did not reflect the love that God has for me.  It was from inside of me; an internal dialog.  It was definitely not God.  This internal dialog started to create issues with me loving myself.  When I don’t love myself, God can’t operate in me to His fullness.  It was quite an ugly snare that developed.  All kinds of things were snarled in the mix: performance, pride, rejection, comparison, arrogance, criticism.  I could go on and on.  I do not even remember where the negative words came from.  I don’t know when it started.  What I do know is that it started to snowball into a fearful approach to work and relationships because they were so loaded up with negative junk.

I had to ask God to remove the obstacles in my heart that were keeping me from fully walking in His plan for me.  I really had to sit prayerfully and meditate on some very loving and instructional scripture and let it sit in my heart for a long time. I still need to step away from things regularly for a heart check and just spend time with God.  It’s not anything that is formulaic or legalistic.  The truth is if I don’t, I miss it.  I miss the quiet time with God.  It helps me appreciate the way He made me a little more.  It helps me dig into the well that He has placed inside of me and pull from it for inspiration, creativity, focus, clarity and strategy.  I’m thankful that He is teaching me every day to love and appreciate Him and how He made me as a unique expression of Him.

1 Samuel 15:24, 1 Peter 1:21, Matthew 10:26-28, Genesis 1:26-27, Colossians 1:21-22, 1 Corinthians 13