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Tradition or Truth? You decide.

Friday was supposed to be one of the worst days of my life.  That’s what I expected it to be.  And I was actually ok with it.  I was ok with experiencing pain.  I was ok with crying tears.  I was ok with goodbyes that wrenched my heart.  I was ok because I knew God was with me.  He would hold me up.

But let me just tell you: God blew the shutters off my house.  Yes.  If Friday was like a house and the shutters on the house were my expectations of what that day would be — then He blew the shutters right of that house.  Friday wasn’t the worst day of my life or my week or my year.  No, it was one of the best days of my life.

Friday was my last day at a job that I loved.  I was let go.  But God didn’t let me go.  He never has.  He never will.

In the face of financial uncertainty, in the face of having no idea where I was going to go or what I was going to do next, I trusted Him.  And He was faithful.  No, He was more than faithful.  I expected Him to comfort me.  I expected Him to strengthen my heavy heart.  I expected Him to dry my tears.  What I didn’t expect Him to do was to open a door to a new job the very same day that is 100 times beyond what I was asking Him for.

All the while, people have been saying things to me like, “Well, we know God is in control.  The job market is in shambles right now.  I, myself, was unemployed for 14 months.  But God is faithful.”  Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand that the intention behind such a statement is to encourage me that God will never leave me.  But such a statement paints God out to be more like an invisible friend that just stands next to you when times are tough — rather than the One who spoke the vast universe  into existence, who placed millions of stars in the sky, who placed the waters in the ocean and set boundaries for those oceans so that they could go no further, who knit you and I together in our mother’s womb, who planned out our entire lives before one of them came to pass.

For some of these people, I understand that God is treated and expected to behave like an invisible friend.  And for some people, they believe that because of complete ignorance — they just don’t know any better.  For others, that’s who they want God to be.  Either way, our false beliefs and misunderstandings have rendered Him powerless.

Will you come with me to God’s Word?  In Matthew 15, the Pharisees came to point the finger at Jesus.

Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (verses 2-3)

The Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t doing things in the same way that the elders had done things in the past.  Jesus answered by saying this:

“For the sake of your traditions you have rendered God powerless.” (verse 6)

And it’s no different today.  People look to the news or the stock market or their past experience or their neighbor or their own fears for direction in a storm.  It’s no wonder they get stuck there.  People today are relying on tradition.  Every time I turn on the news and listen to reports about the economy, I hear them take me on a journey back to the Great Depression.  I hear them talk about how bad it was then and how long it took to get out of it, and how we can look to that experience to get us out of this one.  What is tradition?  It’s the way things have been done in the past.

Now, I’m not saying all tradition is bad.  But what is bad is trusting in tradition (the ways things have been in the past) instead of trusting in God and what His Word says.  If I were to trust in the traditions of others — what happened for them in the past, I’m certain I’d be unemployed — and for who knows how long.

I’m God’s daughter.  I’m not subject to the economy, the bad job market, the bad experiences of others.  I’m subject to Him and His Word.  Let’s review that what Jesus said in Matthew 15: “Any why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”  In other words, why do you look away from what God is saying and focus on the way things have been done in the past?

Let’s get back to God’s Word.  What has He promised you?  Whatever your situation is, find out what He’s promised you concerning that situation, then stand on it until it comes to pass.

God’s Word doesn’t return void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

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Wielding the Sword

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:32

The Bible is powerless in my life if I don’t believe it.  I can hear the truth, I can read the truth, I can copy the truth onto 3 by 5 notecards and tape them on my mirror, I can memorize the truth, I can shout the truth over my situation, but until I know the truth… I will not be set free.

More than anything else in life, I want to know the truth.  I don’t just want to read it.  I don’t just want to hear it.  I don’t even just want to think about it.  I’ve got to know it.  Because when I know it, I will be totally and unquestionably free.  Free from the every lie that tries to creep into my mind.  Free from intimidation and worry and confusion and fear.  Free from every symptom of sickness that ever tries to turn into something more.  Free from debt and insufficiency and lack.  Yes, that’s what I want.  I don’t just want to have the word stored away in my heart.  I want to live it!  Because it’s not enough for me to just read stories of victory and triumph, of nations being won for Jesus in a day, of the dead being brought back to life, sickness and disease vanishing.  I’ve got to live it.  I can’t stand to live another day hearing names like parkinsons and cancer and heart disease and hiv and standing back to make way for them — or seeing others gawk in fear towards them.  No way.  I’ve got to be in a position of such confidence in Jesus, in complete awareness of the authority I have in Him,  that I can stand and look down upon these ugly, horrible names that represent such demonic torment — not looking up at them in awe or intimidation, but looking down upon them in complete hatred and a complete lack of amazement.  They’ve got to be ants beneath my feet.  I will no longer make them to be anything more.  Jesus didn’t.  Jesus was not impressed with sickness like we are.  The Bible says that when He cast out a demon, He refused to even let it speak.  People today are not only letting the enemy speak to them and overwhelm them — they are speaking back.  I won’t stand for it.  Sickness and disease, cancer and hiv, tuberculosis and strokes, colds and flus — they are all Goliaths in our society.  Will we be like King Saul who cowered and fretted over this uncircumcised Philistine?  Or will we be like David? David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.” I think we’d start seeing a lot more victories in our life if we treated sickness and torment and debt — and all of satan’s devices like David treated Goliath.

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