From the LYWB.com team: This post is from a new member of our team, jcortez. You’re gonna love her (and her post!).
Have you ever unwrapped a delicious foil-covered chocolate and discovered a little saying printed on the inside? I once opened one and read, “Follow your heart. It will never lead you astray.” The statement was so simple and so authoritative. Follow your heart, chocolate-eaters everywhere! Follow wherever it leads! What a mess I would be in if I only followed my own heart; it leads me astray at least 90 percent of the time! (Jennifer isn’t the only one who has noticed the lies chocolates tell. Check out this great post on TrueWoman.com).
We are surrounded by false truths (that’s a fancy way of saying lies!) every day, and we must be on guard against them. Have you looked at magazines for young women lately? Every single one I’ve seen promises to
make readers look prettier. Some promise to help girls land that cute crush or “take charge” of their lives. Every hook you see has been finely tuned by highly-paid marketing executives. And do the magazines deliver on these promises? Are any of the authors sticking around to see if their techniques work or handing out their numbers so you can follow up with them? I’m thinking no.
So how can we tell truth from something counterfeit?
- Ask the question: “Who does this promise to exalt?” The enemy is always telling you how impressive you are or can be, and the world teaches you to glorify yourself, to trust yourself, and to do what feels right for you. The Holy Spirit always exalts Christ. No exceptions.
- Grow in your knowledge of Scripture. The Bible offers us refuge from all falsehood. “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (Ps. 119:160). “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). If we don’t know what’s true, we can’t recognize what’s false.
- Trust in God’s love for you. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you ” (1 Pet. 5:6–7).
We are often tempted to believe God doesn’t really love us because we’re hurting or our lives aren’t going according to our plans. This moment of vulnerability is precisely when we must choose to believe God’s promises! The Bible always tells us the truth, and the Spirit of God Himself walks with us through every step of life, guiding and helping and comforting us. If we are in Christ, we are never, ever left to figure things out all alone.
Look to the cross. What more can our heavenly Father do to show His love for us? Let’s trust Him and exalt Christ together.