"But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away."
2 Corinthians 3:16
Day old conversations replayed in my head. Spoken and imaginary words mulled over until I stewed, compared myself to others, questioned my identity and my worth. All lies that once held my heart captive resurfaced, triggered innocently enough, but there they were. And, the longer these thoughts simmered the truer they sounded.
I walked out of the cold and into the sanctuary thick with His Presence and a friend begged me to pray for her - said she knew God would send a friend to pray - the me believing lies.
Husband and I held her close, lifted her needs and prayed truth. And as we prayed for her, truth lifted the veil . All the Enemy's lies stood exposed. God's presence always does that - reveals the lies so we can see his truth.
Paul knew this and gave this advice:
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4b-5).
Knowing how easily our minds fool, the Enemy makes truth and lie indistinguishable - so he begins every spiritual battle there. Left unattended, his lies capture our thoughts, keep us in bondage and keeps God's truth distant. That's why Paul suggests discipline - take every thought captive and placing it under Christ's authority.
The stepping away from lies and into Truth takes discipline - conscious practice - a physical and spiritual stepping away from the negative lies and into God's captivating presence.
We step into God's presence through worship:
"Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name" (Hebrews 13:15).
We replace lies with God's truth:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16). This includes training and rebuking our thoughts.
We ask for deliverance from the hands of our Enemy:
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." Matthew 6:13
What lies pose themselves as truth to you? What does "taking every thought captive" look like to you?
As we go about the day, let's hold each other up in prayer, shall we?