I wrote about our Self-Revealing God who is constantly and consistently bringing Truth into our lives through his Word and his Spirit to our hearts. 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 records this incredible privilege, because we are spiritually alive, of having being made known everything God is doing and arranging in our lives.
“No eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:9).
What I am struck with is how when we are confronted with a “new” truth, (more accurately, “encounter Truth himself”) it always forces us to confront a false truth which more than likely has become, either consciously or unconsciously, a deeply held belief. These beliefs (often constructed in reaction to the wounds and pains we have received) lurk unnoticed beneath the surface busyness of our lives and yet form and shape our lives in deeper ways than most of us could imagine as they morph into false patterns of thinking, being and doing.
This encounter Truth himself forces that we must now make a decision whether to continue to hold on to these faulty way of thinking on which we have built our identity or to embrace this revelation and the freedom he invites us into. In other words, what must we unlearn in order to fully live into the abundant life God offers us? What do I no longer believe to be true?
When I encounter Jesus as the Great Healer…I no longer believe that my brokenness will always define me.
When I encounter Jesus as the One who calls me The Beloved, I no longer believe that I am not significant.
When I encounter Jesus as the Great Initiator I no longer believe that I am in control of my spiritual life and it is achieved by my hard efforts.
When I encounter Jesus in the Still Small Voice I no longer believe setting time to be alone with God is a luxury I can’t always afford.
When I encounter Jesus as the one who invites me to find my home in him, I no longer believe that I do for God is more important than being with him.
When I encounter Jesus as the Restore of my soul I no longer believe that this deep hurt will never go away.
When I encounter Jesus as the One who leads me beside still waters, I no longer believe that rest only comes when life is settled down and manageable.
When I encounter Jesus as the One who is WITH me, I no longer believe that life will slip through my fingers if I don’t maintain control.
What could God be inviting you to unlearn?