Reality vs. Truth: 4 Keys That Will Change Your Reality

Without faith there is no truth, for that is all the truth that is or ever was. ~ Robert Brault

Do you know what reality is? I’m sure you’d say it’s the stuff, crap and challenges you face every day.

But, can you tell the difference between reality and Truth?

Do you want to change your reality? Let me share a hard-won life lesson with you.

We had fought … once again. He left the house, got in the car and drove away, tires screaming. I watched him from our porch as he careened around the corner, probably headed to the neighborhood bar. There, he could have a few beers and get some sympathy from his friends.

In the meantime, I sat on the porch floor, head bowed against the rails, tears streaming down my face. Would it ever get any better? Could we possibly survive all the anger, bitterness and frustration?

You see, my reality at the time was no money, or not enough, anyway. My reality was a husband who either wouldn’t or couldn’t find ways to make more. My reality was a daughter who needed stuff, and there was no way to get it. My reality was feeling completely alone although we’d been married for several years. My reality was constant dread and continual turmoil. It felt like my reality would never change.

As I sat bawling on the porch that day, I told God – wherever He was (and I have to admit that I wasn’t sure He would even listen) – that I couldn’t do this anymore. I couldn’t deal with the strife and fear and anger. That day I decided I wouldn’t ‘need’ hubby anymore, that I wouldn’t fight or argue or pressure him to give or do anything for me. Instead, I told God in my own crushed, arrogant way, that if I was going to have it—whatever IT was—that God would have to provide it, not my husband.

Little did I know that I had just affirmed one of God’s truths, one of His promises: My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). I knew little about the Bible and had no idea that God’s Truth could change my reality, or that He wanted to do just exactly that for me!

That day God began to lead me on a life-long journey to discover the difference between reality and Truth. You see, reality is whatever you are experiencing right now. The thing is: reality can change. Your situation today may be totally different tomorrow … or the next day. Rich or broke, healthy or ill, happy or sad, all the physical and emotional circumstances of your life are as changeable as the tides. God calls it ‘temporal’, temporary.

Truth, on the other hand, is eternal, unchangeable, and totally trustworthy. Gravity never stops working. Seasons change. The sun rises and sets daily. You don’t have to think about any of those things, they just are. But, if you learn about them, study them and put their eternal power to work in your life, you can change your circumstances, your ‘reality’.

For years, people “thought” man could never fly. Then scientists learned and tested the truths of lift, airflow and gravity. The Wright Brothers changed man’s reality. Edison developed a light bulb. Columbus sailed to the edge of the world and beyond, proving it wasn’t flat. Henry Ford used the ‘new’ principles of multiplied effort and changed production processes forever.

All of the eternal Truths that science eventually discovers have existed for eternity. They originated in and are sustained by Infinite Mind, Eternal Spirit, God.

“That may be all well and good”, you say, “but how does that knowledge help me? I’m dealing with issues here.” I’m glad you asked.

You can draw on the power of Truth to change your reality. Here’s how:

Change your thoughts. Everything starts with a thought. You think, “I should do laundry” so you get up and load the washer. If you hadn’t thought about it first, you would still have a pile of dirty clothes. Now, here’s where it gets interesting.

You can choose to THINK on purpose. God calls it meditation. The Bible tells us, whatsoever things are true … think on these things (Phil. 4:8). It also says, Thy Word is Truth (John 17:17). If you constantly think, “I’m broke”, that is exactly what you will continue to be. However, if you seek the promises in God’s Word and begin to claim them as your own, you can change your reality. Choose to think prosperity instead of lack, health instead of illness, happy instead of sad. We attract what we think about.

Change your words. Orville and Wilbur told everyone who would listen that they would fly. They didn’t work all day on that airplane, and later tell their friends, “It probably won’t work, anyway”. They focused all their thoughts, words and energies on one goal. You can do the same.

Don’t pray for prosperity; then moan with your spouse about how much you owe. Don’t pray for healing, and tell everyone you meet about the pain in your arm. Be consistent. If you can’t be consistent, be quiet. It is better to say nothing, than to say the wrong thing.

God created everything with His Words: And God said … and God saw. Words have power. And Genesis repeatedly tells us everything He created was “good”. God created you in His image so You can do the same – create ‘good’ in your life by taking His Word and speaking it aloud over your circumstances. His Word has the power to bring itself to pass.

Change your actions. If you think and say, “A hot fudge sundae sounds really good”, you are probably going to go get one! Instead, use your thoughts and words to change your actions. Tell yourself, “I eat healthy foods and exercise daily”. Then follow through.

If you struggle with debt, don’t wander through the mall every weekend. Find something else to do that won’t contribute to your debt; even better, have a garage sale or take a part-time job and put the earnings toward debt reduction. God has a promise that will change every negative circumstance; stand on His promise and keep your actions consistent with your desires.

Change your focus. Repetition is power. If you want to watch TV or play computer games all evening, it’s because you have been doing that consistently. You’ve become addicted to it (admittedly easy to do). Kids who play ball want to play all the time. Kids who develop the habit of reading usually have a book close by.

It’s proven that criminals, drug users, alcoholics and other addicts focus on their addictions continually. Everything they think, say and do is focused on the next drink, smoke or heist. To break the power of their addiction and change their reality, they must choose to focus on something else.

You can break the power of negative habits, (yes, nagging is a habit) by CHOOSING to focus on something else … consistently over time. With hubby, I started a ‘gratitude’ campaign – finding something (anything!) that I could honestly say ‘thank you’ for. At first it was really difficult, but as time went by, it got easier. I was developing a new focus, a new habit.

There are plenty of Bible verses that confirm these keys for change. Try Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth (words); but thou shalt meditate (thoughts) therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do (actions) according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. In other words, thoughts, words and actions cause prosperity and success! How’s that for a promise.

There is, however, one more key to your campaign for change: James 1:4 – let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. Patience, trusting God’s promise and His timing, is essential. If you will be consistent, standing on His Word, meditating on His promises and keeping your words and actions in line with His Truth, patience will keep you connected to His power. Then He will perfect that which concerneth thee (Ps. 138:8) and give you the desires of your heart (Ps. 37:4).

That day on the porch when I told God I wasn’t going to depend on my husband anymore was an epiphany for me. From that moment, every time I started to get upset about what I ‘thought’ he wasn’t doing (notice, it started with my thoughts), I stopped myself. “I’m not going there, Lord. I trust You to take care of me. I will not stress out or get angry.” And most of the time, I haven’t.

See how simple it is? I didn’t say, however, that it is easy. Life-change never is. But it is possible. With these four keys, you can change your reality with Truth … one thought, word and action at a time.

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