March 15, 2017

Romans 10:10 (NLT) — 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

When you don’t repeatedly tell yourself the truth you open yourself up to trouble. In our memory verse we are to tell ourselves that because we believe in Jesus we are saved. It doesn’t matter or not whether you feel saved the truth is when you believed in Jesus you were saved. Too many of us get hung up on feelings but feelings are not a good indication of how things really are. I may not feel the presence of the Lord but the truth is:

Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) — 2 When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) — 5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

So when you feel alone and abandoned by God tell yourself the truth; believing the truth will set you free from your feelings.

What you tell yourself will greatly affect how you handle life and that is why you must tell yourself the truth. The Devil does not want you to handle life well so he will lie to you. Jesus wants you to handle life well so he tells you the truth. At least 68 times Jesus used this phrase when he was speaking > “I tell you the truth”.

Imagine being 18 yrs old and having older brothers who couldn’t stand you so that when no one was looking they sold you into slavery to a foreign country and then rigged it to look like a wild animal had killed and eaten you. You loved the Lord. You were devoted to serving the Lord. You were obedient to your parents and you treated all people including your brothers with dignity. God had even given you a dream that you would be in a position one day where you family would bow down to you out of respect for your position in life. How can this be?

You get sold a wealthy Egyptian family. You are so well behaved that you are put in charge of managing the household. Your bosses wife tries to seduce you. You won’t give in because of your wanting to live for the Lord. She tells her husband that you tried to seduce her and he believes her in spite of you telling him the truth. He throws you in jail to rot for the rest of your days.

You earn such a good reputation in jail that the jailor puts you in charge of everything. Two guys, one the Pharaoh’s baker and the other the Pharaoh’s butler, each have a dream and with the Lord’s help you interpret the dreams. The baker would be executed in three days and the butler would be reinstated to his job serving Pharaoh. You told the truth and that is exactly what happened. You told the butler to tell Pharaoh about you so that perhaps you could be released from prison. Well two years go by and then the butler remembers you when Pharaoh has a dream that no one can interpret. You get called to interpret the dream. God gives you the interpretation and Pharaoh is so pleased he elevates you to be second in command in all of Egypt. The only one who has more authority than you is Pharaoh!

Well you know this story is about Joseph which is found in the book of Genesis. How would you have handled life if that had happened to you? We know how Joseph handled it. He wasn’t bitter at God and he even forgave his brothers. Why do you think Joseph was able to not lose his faith in the Lord through all of what happened to him? I believe the answer is in one sentence that he spoke to his brothers:

Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) — 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, …

Through all that Joseph was going through he kept telling himself the truth; that God would work it out for good. I am sure that the devil tried very hard to feed Joseph’s mind lies but Joseph would have none of it. Joseph knew God and he knew that God is good and God had things under control.

Exodus 24:9–10 (NKJV) — 9 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.

What ever is over our heads in this life is under the feet of Jesus. Don’t let life cause you to panic or doubt. In spite of what you feel or see, Jesus has things under control. Believe the word of God and repeat his word over and over and over and you will truly be saved from the mind games the enemy will try to play with you. He always means it for evil and God always means it for good. Dark days come so that our light can shine brighter:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    “The devil does not want you to live life well so he lies to you. Jesus wants you to live life well so He tells you the truth.”
    That statement is a keeper, Pastor Dan. I’m putting it on my bathroom mirror so I remember it every day.