Yeah, I know you never lie and you probably never will. You’re only reading this post to find out what lies I’ve been telling and to prove to yourself that you and I are not the same.
You’re going to be very disappointed … at least if you keep reading. You see, you and I are a lot alike. We claim an affinity with Jesus. We call ourselves names like “Christian”, “believer”, “saved”, “child of God” …
We say things like “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” But we’re also big, fat frauds.
Don’t believe me?
I’ll prove it.
Have you ever found yourself living in a place with limited faith? I mean we claim to serve an awesome God, one that is capable of supplying all our needs. We claim Philippians 4:19 as our anchor and we quote it routinely:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
But we’re lying.
We don’t really believe that God is capable of giving us everything that we need to survive.
We doubt his ability to give us the basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter... we may even say things like, “God please give me a job so that I can take care of myself.” Sound familiar?
No? Here are some other things that we lie about:
We call him Jehovah-Rapha, our healer, the one who is able to cure any sickness or any disease yet at the first sign of any ailment what do we do? Pray?
Sadly, the majority of us pray on the run “God please let the doctors be able to help me…” or my child … or my whoever. What about James’ instructions?
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:13-16 NIV)
But are we continuing the practice of laying hands? When we do lay hands on someone, do we actually expect them to get well?
Now I’m not saying that we don’t need doctors, heaven forbid! It was God who gave them the knowledge and the skills to be able to heal through technology and science… but so many times we pray for healing but we don’t believe we can be healed.
Do we doubt the promises of the Bible? Do we believe that God stopped working miracles the minute Jesus ascended to heaven? Where’s the power greater than that of Jesus, the power that he promised us in John 14:12-14?
Okay, so maybe you’ve heard it too – unbelievable stories about people who had been raised from the dead, people who tell tales of resurrections that they have witnessed?
Do we look at them and think, “Oh that’s amazing! That’s such a miracle!”
Or do we maybe think, “I wonder if he’s telling the truth?” “Is there a demon at work here?”
Do we secretly think that the last person resurrected from the dead was the young Eutychus raised by Paul (Acts 20:7-12)? What about the modern day miracles? Are they all attributed to the skill of our medical profession?
Sometimes we get so hung up on something bad that happened to us days, weeks, even years before – so hung up that we can’t see what God is trying to do for us right now.
We claim that God never makes mistakes- except for the thing that he did to us some umpteen years ago. We are so stuck there that we can’t even see all that God has done to bring us to a new stage, a new place in our lives.
“Look,” God is calling out, “I’m doing a new thing! Be amazed.”
But instead we follow the same set of instructions that keep us locked in the box of our past.
We can’t forgive that person who hurt us.
We can’t get over that missed opportunity.
We can’t believe that that person left us and so we make God into this mean old man who doesn’t want us to be happy.
I admit it, I’ve said it many times, “I want my burning bush moment.” Maybe you’ve also wished or asked for a burning bush moment. A moment in time where God is so bold you can’t help but notice him.
We want the flash and the dazzle so much – the parted Red Sea, the audible voice, the hand writing on the wall, the big, bold Yahweh – that we miss him in the details.
We miss God in our every day, in our daily habits, in the flowers that open and share with us their beauty and fragrance, in the design of every single thing that is on this planet, including us.
Maybe you just doubt his ability to keep his promises - to you. You just doubt his ability to make big things happen - for you. But when we do that we make God a liar.
God does not show partiality (Romans 2:11)
What is it about us that would prevent God from blessing us? How does that make us different than every other person who ever lived?
Now up to this point you may have kept your dignity. You may have been able to say “I have never done any of those things. I’m not a big, fat liar like you are.”
But I’m not done yet – maybe you’re just a singing liar. Maybe you don’t actually say the words …. maybe you … sing them, with words like:
“All to Jesus I surrender…”
Especially when you just know that you still have an unconverted heart. You have not yet given God full control of your life.
You’re still holding on to that last bad habit, one last vice, one last sin … you may even want to surrender with your whole heart, but you’re not there yet.
Do you see it now? Do you see how we have lied about the character of God? Do you see how we minimize his majesty and our importance to him?
Are you ready to live in the truth?
It just takes one thing, the next time you find yourself having a pity party, aka, refusing to live chosen, ask yourself, “Is anything impossible for God?”
When you’re worried about the bills in relation to money in hand, ask yourself, “Is anything impossible for God?”
When someone gets sick, pray his words back to him and ask the question “Is anything impossible for God?”
We have to change the status quo. We have to change from “big, fat liars” to “believers”, “faithful”, “chosen”, “blessed”.
Are you ready to walk away from you big, fat liar label?
What label will you be replacing it with?
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