The other night, I was at a birthday party for a friend. There was a whole conglomeration of people there from different parts of her life, some of whom I had not seen in many years. One of the girls said something along the lines of how I looked exactly the same as when I got married. I was flattered! Looking the same after almost 11 years of marriage and two kids? I'll take it.
Later that night, though, I started thinking that had I been in another frame of mind, perhaps if I had let my insecurities get the best of me, I could have taken her response to my appearance in a completely different way. You see, I am 50 pounds lighter now than when I got married. I could have thought something like: "Wow, I guess I still look as heavy as I did back then" and spent the rest of the night sulking or focusing on the cellulite that still dots my legs.
We can have misunderstandings when we read scripture or hear thoughts or words that are from God. We must always be cognizant of the mind frame from which we are seeking. What kind of baggage gets in the way of hearing the truth of God's Word? What is in the forefront of our minds when we are asking Him questions? Are there lies or fears that we use to filter God's response to us?
Challenge: Take a look in the spiritual mirror. Are there reoccurring lies that you continually use to filter what other people or God say to you? Do you let your insecurities or your fears influence how you interpret His Word? Write these down.
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