Today I listened to a sermon by Steven Furtick called “Trading Truth”. And man was it powerful.
It was so powerful that I wanted to write a post about how it impacted me. And what it means to find your truth in God.
In Pastor Steven Furtick’s sermon, he talks about how we can get stuck living in our story, telling ourselves a lie for survival so often and so much that it becomes our truth. He then speaks about trading our current truth for THE truth. The truth of God.
He mentions the story of when Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and he was led to a place where he would be tempted by Satan. And at this point, if you haven’t read this part of the bible or heard this story you’re probably thinking Satan’s got some wicked lie and story he’s concocted to make Jesus slip up. But surprise! He uses the BIBLE to try and trick him. Satan says (And I’m paraphrasing here!) “If you’re the son of God prove it. It is written (referring to the word of God) that the angels will save you if you jump off this cliff.” That’s not a direct quote, but basically the gist.
So Jesus replies, “But it is ALSO written, that I should not test God” and BOOM, Jesus goes in for the theoretical burn of all time.
(Again all the above scripture, I just paraphrased. Please refer to the bible for the actual dialogue)
What Pastor Steven Furtick is getting at with this sermon is that Satan doesn’t always distract us with a lie, sometimes he uses the truth. Except, it isn’t the right truth. It’s the truth God might have meant for someone else or for a different time in your life. But God has a better truth for you right now and you have to discern and decide which truth you are going to follow. The one that fits your situation now that Satan is serving up hot and ready, or the truth that God has for you that will bring you to a revelation.
It is truly one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard, you can watch it here on YouTube.
For the longest time, what got me through life was believing that I was a survivor. I felt a lot of passion and affection towards this term. Often in describing myself, the term survivor would come up. I rooted my identity in it. But when my life began to change and God was no longer calling me to be a survivor, I didn’t know how to transition.
I had been a survivor for so long. Someone who stayed in the background. I let life wash over me, taking on every circumstance with grace and quietly dealing with it on my own. While once in my life I had taken a role as a leader, due to my circumstances, I learned to step aside. And when I felt God calling the leader in me again I was afraid to answer.
I had been deciding that my truth was a survivor when God was trying to tell me my new truth was a warrior.
It is still true that I am a survivor. I have been through many hardships and I have survived them all. And I like to believe I took them all on in grace. But there is a difference between surviving our hardships and spearheading them with a fierce might to push forward. And while the fact remains I can be a survivor, that is no longer the correct truth for this season in my life.
God is calling me to be a warrior now. My days of making it by in the background are gone and he is bringing me forth into the spotlight. A place I once dreamed of but had since given up on.
Accepting and living out the call God has placed on me is hard when I catch myself slipping into “my truth”, the truth that I had decided was best for me to live in, not God. It is incredibly important we don’t get swept up in the world’s attempt to allow us to cater to ourselves and avoid challenges.
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I don’t know what you are going through in your life at the moment, but I encourage you to take some time to reflect. Are you living in an identity God is calling you to walk away from?
Are you accepting the wrong “truth” simply because it is convenient and familiar?
I have come to despise the phrase, “I’m living my truth.” Because this suggests that there is never a right answer. This suggests that if we just believe in something hard enough and choose it to be our truth then it is. Life is not that simple. Life is not a frozen yogurt shop where you can just pick whatever toppings and flavors you feel like.
I assure you that there is a CORRECT truth for this phase in your life. And the sooner you realize it and go after it, the sooner your purpose will become much clearer to you. What is your truth? Scratch that. What is THE truth?
Above all else, the only truth that matters is Gods. He is the ultimate creator and he knows what is the truth. So when searching for “Our Truth” the best thing we can do is go to him. Not search inside ourselves.
We are called to be obedient and when we are, God pours out greater blessings than we can imagine. Don’t afraid to step into the calling and identity he has for you. He always equips those that he calls. Hardship and challenges are not indicators of a hard life. But simply speedbumps on the road to where God is calling you.
When we wonder who we are and what “truth” we are meant to be living, the only place we will find it is in his word. Let me provide some scriptures for you that show the identity God has given to us.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, ten, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 6:19
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” – Ephesians 2:10
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18
God Has A Plan
Your truth from yesterday may not be your truth for tomorrow. We are forever evolving and growing in his plan and purpose. Don’t ever forget that God has a wonderful destination in mind for you, but you won’t get there holding onto what you think is best. God has a plan. He has truth for you.
And his truth will always be better than yours. So save yourself from the world’s trap of “Living My Truth” and start living in God’s truth.
Again, please watch this sermon by Steven Furtick. It is incredible and he truly has a word from God that you don’t want to miss out on. You can watch it on YouTube.