Uncovering Structural Lie #1 and Replacing it with God's Truth
This is the second post in a series on Structural Lies. To read the first post, “Inspect Your Life for Structural Lies,” click here.
God allowed a tree to fall on our house.
I know, that’s a crazy statement because God doesn’t cause the bad things that happen in our lives, but sometimes He does allow them. Why? We don’t always understand why, but He is the master at working everything together for our good. (Romans 8:28)
He uses even the bad stuff.
The reason this huge pine tree split our home in two wasn’t obvious immediately. It caused us shock, dismay, a little anger, and lots of discomfort. We were two days away from a scheduled removal of the tree because we knew it was diseased and dying.
Two days too late. A heavy rain took it down for us when we were away from home. It landed directly across our main living area, splitting the house from back to front, and opening the rafters for the birds to zoom through at will.
The hardest part, besides displacement for months to repair, was that we had just completed six months of renovation on this same area of our house. This meant renovating and repairing the same living/dining/kitchen space twice within a year.
Our answer came well into the re-renovation process. We had long suspected the electrical wiring on this older home was faulty, but nothing major had ever gone wrong. Just lots of little things – hairdryer shorting out, breakers thrown, random outlets not working. We had the minor things repaired but didn’t uncover anything dangerous. However, the tree damage revealed major wiring issues deep in the attic spaces, which could have caused complete destruction at some point.
But it didn’t. God allowed a tree to fall on our home to reveal the problem and correct it. Everything was repaired and replaced, covered by insurance I might add, and brought up to code.
Even worse catastrophic consequences, and possible loss of life, were averted.
So it is with our spiritual home. Often we rail at God for allowing terrible things to happen. Maybe we don’t blame Him outright, or maybe we do, but His purpose is always our good. The enemy of our souls, the devil, is the one wreaking havoc and destruction in the world, but God often uses what the devil intends for evil to accomplish the exact opposite.
Sometimes a tree falls on our spiritual house to reveal the structural lies we have believed as truth.
God knows when hardship is the best and only way we will mature. But I believe we don’t always have to learn the hard way. We must determine to be open to God, through His Word, through others, and through His still, small voice in our hearts, and respond when He speaks.
God wants to uncover wrong beliefs, structural lies, which will compromise the integrity of our spiritual house. These lies must be identified, repaired through repentance, and replaced with truth. That one faulty lie, like the faulty electrical wiring in our home, increases our danger of destruction given the right (or wrong) circumstances. (See previous post for more explanation.)
To understand this first structural lie, we need to recognize Jesus didn’t come to negate the law given through Moses, but to fulfill it.
Jesus said, “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.” Matthew 5:17 NLT
The Law, given to Moses in the Old Testament (Exodus 20), gave us God’s moral standards called the Ten Commandments. The Law set a benchmark that showed mankind three things:
God’s requirements for human conduct towards Him and towards others. (Deuteronomy 11:1)
God’s standards for blessing humankind. (Deuteronomy 28)
Our sin and the impossibility of meeting these standards without a Savior. (Galatians 3:19)
In the New Testament, through the sacrificial death of Jesus, we now experience the grace of God for our salvation. Grace, however, doesn’t come without standards. The “rules” are even more unattainable now. We can’t simply refrain from killing someone or committing adultery under grace; now we can’t be angry enough to want to kill and we can’t entertain lust in our hearts. Way harder…
Impossible in fact, without His help.
The structural lies we need to uncover are linked to the Ten Commandments. Believing these lies, even one of them, endangers our spiritual walk. They must be repaired through repentance and replaced with Truth. But the standards are too high to reach without Jesus. His sacrificial death saves us in more ways than just for eternity in heaven. He saves us from ourselves. He saves us from the enemy’s schemes and plots. He saves us from believing lies and He replaces it with Truth.
Jesus renovates us from the inside out.
Remember the former renovation we did on our home? It was completely cosmetic – new floors, new kitchen appliances, new countertops, new paint. We tend to focus on the exposed parts, the things that are seen. But God knew the electrical mess we couldn’t see in the attic space. God looks at our hearts. He alone knows the mess there and how to fix it.
“The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
The first structural lie corresponds to the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods but me.” Exodus 20:3 NLT
Structural Lie #1:
You can serve yourself, the world, and God.
The first commandment is first for a reason. It is foundational to every other one. Therefore, this lie MUST be uncovered and dealt with decisively.
As a young adult and young Christian, my mantra was, I want to have my cake and eat it too. While I wasn’t completely sure what this idiom meant, to me it represented wanting it all. I wanted success, career, family, faith, and all the blessings of God. Of course, I wanted it on my terms according to my plans. I wanted to serve myself, my desires, my dreams, my gifts and talents. And I expected God to bless them, because didn’t they originate with Him?
I desired success in the eyes of the world. I strived, connived, and manipulated. I pushed and pulled others. I resisted correction. All while being outwardly religious. Until God allowed hard circumstances and I broke.
I broke and only God could fix me.
Dear one, here’s the hard truth. We can’t serve ourselves and God. We can’t serve the world and God. We certainly can’t serve the enemy and God. God won’t allow it. Not because He’s mean, but because He’s good. He knows we can only find true life, true love, and true fulfillment by doing things His way.
Repent for believing the lie that you can serve yourself, the world, and God.
Jesus said, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand devotedly by the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon (that is, your earthly possessions or anything else you trust in and rely on instead of God.)” Luke 16:13 AMP
He does not give us an option to entertain other gods.
In the New Testament, God’s truth, which corresponds to the First Commandment, comes with a promised blessing. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV
Replace the lie and declare the Truth:
I will serve God alone.
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