What if you know God’s Word but have trouble believing it for yourself? You can know how to get free and still be in bondage. It takes more than knowledge to be free. It takes action.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage”—Dale Carnegie. Action is what will get you from dreaming of freedom to walking in freedom.
Let’s say you found some scriptures to help you fight your lies. Do you believe those scriptures are true for you? God’s truths are transforming only to the extent they are believed, received and absorbed. Just as a healthy meal cannot bring nourishment unless it is eaten and digested, God’s Word must be eaten and digested to make it a living part of us.
When I was struggling to get free I would read certain scriptures and think, “Well, this may be true for other people, but it is not true for me. I’m not special enough; not good enough.” The words stayed flat and empty because I was not actively believing them for myself. My insecurities exempted me from the power of God’s Word. But I realized how damaging that kind of thinking was. By thinking negatively, I undermined myself thinking I needed another set of scriptures to help me overcome my lies. But I didn’t. And neither do you. We just need to actively believe the truth in the scriptures is for us.
Your ability to believe what God’s Word says about you is true, is directly related to how much you trust Him, and how much you trust Him, is directly related to how well you know Him. If God is a stranger to you, you will have no reason to trust Him, and likely won’t. If you have only a casual acquaintance with Him, you may want to believe Him, but don’t know Him well enough to be sure He is trustworthy.
If, however, you are as close to Him as a best friend, or as intimate as a lover, then you know you can trust the truth of His Word; you have built a deep relationship through time and circumstances. When you read His Word you know the scriptures were written just for you because your heart has been captivated by his love. How well do you know Him?
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord : teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.