Using Truth to Change Your Reality

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. ~Leo Tolstoy

No matter where you are in life or what’s going on, there is always ‘stuff’ to deal with. No exceptions! We tend to think that ‘the world’ is out to get us. We are convinced that our problems are unique. And we tend to assume that bad things happen because of our so-called sins:

  • we did something that we shouldn’t have
  • we didn’t do something that we should have
  • or someone else did (or tried to do) something to us

In every case, we feel like helpless victims.

While any of those scenarios may have happened, the truth is that nothing you or anyone else does or doesn’t do needs to remain your reality. There is nothing that happens to you or through you that cannot be changed and overcome.

The crap, the ‘stuff’, is merely the devil’s attempt to keep you sidetracked and ineffective. John 10:10 says he comes to ‘steal, kill and destroy’. So if anything in your life was stolen (like your peace of mind, health or prosperity) or destroyed (like relationships), blame it on the devil, not God. If your loved ones died, blame Satan. The Bible says God is life and God is Love. LIFE does not cause or create disease, loss and death. Instead, 2 Corinthians 5:4 says that mortality in ‘swallowed up by life’ – eternal, resurrection Life.

You may be tempted to think you’ll never get out of the pit you think you’re in; but the Bible clearly states that no temptation [trial or test] has overtaken you that is not common to man (see I Cor. 10:13). For sure, you will have a boat-load of problems to deal with as long as you are in this earth. Jesus said so. That same verse, however, affirms that God already created a means of escape for you. The power to overcome anything – any thing! – is in His Word.

You can allow yourself to get mired in self-pity, anger, doubt or any number of negative human emotions. You can wail and sob at the challenges you face … or you can choose, on purpose, to believe in a positive outcome – regardless of your current circumstances. How do you do that? Through the truth of God’s Word and the power of faith. Only His Truth, released by the power of His Word, can overcome the world’s ‘stuff’.

Truth is unchanging, eternal. It is the power of the Word of God. Your present reality is subjective and temporary, made up of thoughts, emotions and life’s every-changing challenges.

  • Wake up, the sun is shining – smile!
  • Coffee pot quit working – dang!
  • Friend calls to make a lunch date – yeah!
  • Boss needs you to work overtime – oh, crap!
  • You overhear a conversation about you that wasn’t very nice – anger!
  • Your spouse compliments you – contentment.

And on and on the day goes. Emotions become a seesaw (or a roller coaster) if you’re not watchful of your thoughts. But, you can change your reality (mental, emotional, physical and financial) to reflect the abundant life God promised by staying completely focused on the Truth of His Word. In other words, you get to pick your reality when you take a stand of faith on the truth of His Word.

Whatever receives your faith and focus creates your personal reality. Faith versus fear. Love versus anger. Peace versus worry. Nothing you say, do or experience will ever change eternal Truth.  But Truth can change your present reality if you are willing to align yourself with the wisdom of God.

It is not possible to focus on two thoughts at the same time. You can read, play a computer game and watch TV in the same time block, (I do it all the time!) but you are missing one while you give your attention to the other. You are missing Truth while you are whining about your problems. Consider these statements:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Deut. 5:7) God is saying that there can be only one power. To tap into that power, you have to give it the place of authority. Anything, any thought, that takes precedence over His Word changes the voice of authority in your life. And that changes your results.

I am the LORD that healeth thee. (Ex. 15:26) Are you willing to believe God, to accept the truth of His statement? Or do you believe the symptoms in your body, claiming the disease instead of healing? “I have a heart problem.” Or, “I just know I’m going to get the flu.”

But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth. (Deut. 8:18) Have you latched onto His promises for prosperity and abundance, or do you worry about losing your job?

Believe it or not (did you catch that?), you choose your reality with your attention and your words. The Bible says you cannot serve two masters. It won’t work. There can be only one ‘authority’ at any given time. If you give the newspaper or the TV credence by believing their words as ‘true’, then you have just decided that other sources, like the Bible, are not valid. And what you believe carries the highest authority and power for your own life. 

The concept is easy to understand. Do you want coffee or tea? Steak or chicken? A red shirt or blue? You’re used to making choices about mundane things.  “I’ll have the chicken, and a cup of tea, please.” The waitress is not going to bring you steak and a beer!

Your thoughts and words are powerful choices that can change the course of your life. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he …” (Prov. 23:7)

God told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 30:19 that “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: THEREFORE [YOU] CHOOSE, that both you and your seed may live.”  The choice is yours. What you choose will become the truth of your personal experience – even if it is not God’s ideal plan for you.

How it Works

Renew Your Mind. Of course, you have to know what His Word says before you can put its power to work on your behalf. Divine Truth is unchanging, perfect. But if you are unwilling to accept God’s Word as the final authority for your life, you also will not reap the rewards His promises. Romans 12:2 says you can be transformed by renewing your mind so that you can prove (experience) the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Become your own prophet. Find the truths in God’s Word that support the results you desire and build your faith around them. Speak them aloud – and don’t allow doubt to creep in. God created you as a ‘speaking spirit’, able to govern your reality by the words you release into the universe.

The Bible clearly explains that God hastens over His Word to perform it. If you are speaking His Word, He is paying attention! He hears what you say, and it is His oath on the line. If you will be consistent about speaking what He spoke, He will consistently work to bring His Word to pass in your life. He will change people and circumstances, finances and physical bodies – whatever it takes. His honor is at state when you speak His Word in faith.

Be not double minded. Faith requires your trust without wavering. The Apostle, James, explained that a double-minded man cannot receive anything from the Lord (v. 1:7-8). Instead, take your stand on the promises of God. And – when the going gets rough – having done all you think you can, stand fast on His Word.

Please understand that your choices in this life determine your reality. Whether positive or negative, what you believe, think and say has more influence on your life than your outward circumstances. Make your choices wisely. God gave you His Word, the sword of the Spirit, to use as a weapon against the realities in this world. Truth will always triumph if you apply it with consistency and trust.

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