(For context, read “Healing from Abuse: When Jesus Holds You.”
I still go back to that lie I believed, unaware of how deeply it impacted me.
It was one of many, as I was enslaved to lies.
We have come to understand a great deal over the last two years about false truths and the havoc they can wreak on a life, even when one has experienced salvation through Jesus Christ.
Picture with me a field.
A merchant has come from afar to purchase this plot of land, despite its hideous condition.
The field is strewn with debris, broken farm equipment, and over taken by weeds. The ground below is barely visible beneath all the mess.
But now ownership has changed hands, the field will be in the hands of a skilled farmer. A farmer who knows that when cleared, tilled, planted, and cared for, this ground that has laid fallow for so long will bear fruit. And not just a little fruit, but much fruit!
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” (John 15:7-8)
Salvation has come for this barren land, laid waste by carelessness and apathy.
I think at times it is easy to assume that salvation and sanctification are one in the same.
They are not.
Salvation is a work that Christ, by His death and resurrection, provides for any sinner that would acknowledge his or her condition and receive His gift of new life.
Sanctification however is a work of participation that is on-going.
In my example of the field, this is seen by the work that must be done to clear the field. It is also the ongoing maintenance of weeds that will spring up down the road.
When I imagine a field being cleared, I see a blazing sun, a sweat drenched brow, and blisters on the hands and feet. It is laborious work!
As the process of sanctification begins, foot by foot the field is cleared away of the debris that prohibits the fruit bearing trees from taking root.
Up until this point, as I’m about to take this analogy one step further, what I have just described takes place in each and every life that has become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
From here, gaze again out into the field and you will begin to notice that there are trees scattered throughout the field that appear to be fruit bearing trees, but upon further inspection these trees are seen for what they are: foul and diseased fruit-bearing trees. Not at all the type of trees a master farmer would desire for his land.
If I lost you with the analogy, allow me to bring it full circle.
False truths are like the nasty fruit bearing trees. At first glance they appear alright, but once they are really gotten up next to and examined, they can quickly be determined as trees that MUST go, in order to make room for a field of beauty and bountiful production of the finest quality.
I didn’t know a thing about the power lies could have over one’s life prior to attending a counseling retreat–even though I was regularly in the Word, reading my Bible daily, and experiencing a real relationship with the Lord. But I was completely and utterly oblivious to the fact that I had diseased trees (lies) growing in my heart that were prohibiting God’s Word from taking root in my heart.
But thank God, for He is jealous, and will not allow the field of any of His children’s heart o be tended by anyone else but Him!
David, in his God given wisdom wrote, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting,” (Psalm 139:23-24)
While it is certainly true that we know ourselves better than anyone else, even we can deceive ourselves and live oblivious to sin issues if we have grabbed hold of a lie and made it “our” truth.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The abuse I suffered was a terrible, terrible thing. For anyone who has walked through abuse of any kind you can testify with me that you would not wish that on your worst enemy!
However, and I say this gently, far worse than anything my abuser did to me were the lies my abuser opened the door to for Satan to plant in my heart.
This concept was introduced to me in a book by a well-known author and therapist who deals predominantly with victims of abuse. It made me so angry!
Today, I get it. Abuse should never be a part of any persons reality, let alone a child who is unable to defend herself. But long after the abuse has ended, the door to a victims heart has been left open for lie upon lie to be implanted.
I think that is why Jesus said in Matthew 18:5-6, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
False truths are a serious issue and Jesus didn’t mince words when it came to His position towards anyone who would serve as a gateway to these lies.
Even better than knowing He is out for justice against those who would bring harm and evil into the world of others, He is also the Master of light!!!
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” (Psalm 139:11-12)
David realized an important truth I hope you take away with you today. No matter what you have gone through, what lies you have believed and are possibly still unaware of, THEY ARE KNOWN TO GOD AND HE IS VICTORIOUS OVER THEM! For, He came to “bring good news to the poor…bind up the brokenhearted…proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of prison to those who are bound.” (Isaiah 61:1) There is freedom in Christ! (Please take a moment to read the entirety of this passage.)
May God bless you on your journey to freedom!!
If God is moving in your life to examine the barren field of your heart, please contact Jordan at (719)362-0796 or by email. You do not need to live in bondage when a warrior Savior stands ready to break the chains around your heart!