Truth vs. Reality

๐‘๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐—ผ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐—บ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ .

Contrary to some pentecostal and charismatic beliefs, acknowledging reality does not negate our faith. However, we must realize that at times, we wonโ€™t find truth in a circumstance.

When reality and truth donโ€™t match, we donโ€™t deny reality, but we ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ ๐—ผ๐ง ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก.

Experience is a beautiful thing, but we must submit all our experiences to God. What does God say about it? Thatโ€™s what matters. The truth is always in Godโ€™s heart on a matter.

Ignoring or denying reality is an unhealthy way to cope with a lie or unbelief we have. When what we say we believe doesnโ€™t match what we see, we may deny whatโ€™s really happening to cope.

Iโ€™ve heard Romans 4:17 used by faith preachers and teachers to justify denying reality. The part of the scripture used is part b, where it says โ€œโ€ฆand calls things into being that do not exist.โ€

There are two things I want to note about that passage.

๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸผFirst, context is extremely important. This verse doesnโ€™t instruct us to do this. Itโ€™s telling us that Abraham had faith in the God who does.
โœŒ๐ŸผSecond, there are times where God whispers for us to emulate His image and call something into existence, but what it ๐๐—ผ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ง๐—ผ๐ญ say is to ignore or deny those things that are in existence. It doesnโ€™t say, call things that are as if they are not. It says call things that are not as if they are.

Our imagination has creative powers. However, denying reality is not creation. ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐—ผ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐—บ๐ž๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐—บ, ๐ง๐—ผ๐ญ ๐š ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐—ผ๐ง๐ž.

There are times in our life where coping is necessary. Iโ€™ve been there. I get it. But coping only gets us so far. To live an abundant life filled with joy, peace, and love, healing is necessary.

Denying reality doesnโ€™t heal. It not only delays and prolongs healing, but sometimes, it can make the wound worse. Just like the shoulder I injured last year and did nothing about until March. Iโ€™ll share about the lessons I learned from that another time.

My friend, donโ€™t just cope. Donโ€™t deny reality. Donโ€™t use Bible verses as empty affirmations trying to convince yourself of something. If we have to put in effort to believe, then itโ€™s not a belief. We canโ€™t work our way into believing.

There are truths about God that you know. Maybe you donโ€™t believe quite yet. Thatโ€™s okay.

Stare reality in the face and tell it the truth. Then sit with God for a bit, place both hands on your heart, and pray something like this:

๐บ๐‘œ๐‘‘, ๐ผ ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค (๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š› ๐š๐š›๐šž๐š๐š‘ ๐š‘๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ), ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘โ„Ž. ๐ผ ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘š๐‘ฆ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ฆ. ๐ธ๐‘ฅ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐ผ ๐‘Ž๐‘š ๐‘๐‘’๐‘™๐‘–๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘ข๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘š๐‘’. ๐ผ๐‘› ๐ฝ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘ โ€™ ๐‘›๐‘Ž๐‘š๐‘’. ๐ด๐‘š๐‘’๐‘›.

May the red thread of Godโ€™s love become obviously clear in your life and current situation. God is with you always. Do you see Him?

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