“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:10-11).

Sometimes, we are lied to. It happened to Eve in the garden, it has happened throughout all of human history. We believe the lie and trade what we know as truth for something less. 

When I was in high school, I had a teacher who told me my handwriting was “horrible.” And, I believed him. He even made me type out my notes as a way to correct the issue. For over ten years, I have been very self-conscious of my handwriting. Yet, if you know me, I have a deep love for fonts, quotes, words of encouragement, Scripture, and lyrics. I have a passion to fill our home with these beautiful works of art that give life-giving words of Truth. 

So much beauty and so many expressions through words that I never released before because I believed a lie.

Then, a few weeks ago, while at orientation, one of my quad-mates came over to where I was sitting and saw my open journal and said, “You have very pretty handwriting.” I proceeded to tell her that I have horrible handwriting and explained to her about my high school teacher. She remarked, “Aww, he made you self-conscious. Wouldn’t typing your notes defeat the chance of you ever getting any better? Besides, it’s a lie. Your handwriting is good.”

A word of truth was spoken, and my eyes were opened. The crippling lie I held onto for years was let go of. And the truth of the beauty that was inside was finally freed. And the Lord was able to inspire me to create…

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I told my husband that I feel like the handwriting example is a small, but significant representation of a much larger thing the Lord is doing inside of me. He is showing me those areas of my life where I have believed a lie for so long and have let that lie define me. And He is asking me to let go of it. To give it to Him and trust that He will set me free and has much more for me than whatever comfort I took from believing the lie.

We all have these areas of our life: the places where the arrows have pierced to the core of who we are. Whether that was a word from a teacher or friend or parent or sibling or some stranger. Whatever it was, it hit deep within us and we have allowed it to stay and harm and define who we are for too long. And even this arrow is something we choose over God because we will not give it over to Him. Yet He isn’t coming to steal, kill, and destroy, but to give Life, dear friend. And a life that we will have abundantly. But we have to let go and forgive.

And I can tell you: we were created to be set free for His glory. We were created to live in the Spirit not tied to the flesh or to the things in the flesh but to the Spirit of the Lord and His Truth. 

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Is there an area of your life where you are letting a lie muffle out the truth of His Word?

Let us tune our hearts to sing His grace. Let us live in freedom and in truth. And let us see clearly that we have an enemy who is out for the kill. But let us also hold fast to the Savior and Lord we have through Jesus Christ who has power and dominion over this enemy; and hold our confidence in Him and His power to save. Amen.