Jesus tells us He is the way, the truth and the life. Paul tells us the truth shall set you free. But do we believe it? Do we know Jesus as the truth in our life? Do we listen to His voice or the messages of lesser 'gods' - the 'gods' of expectation, guilt, shame, comparison, judgement? God frees us, period, end of story.
In his lifetime, Jesus healed a lot of people. One thing they all had in common was that they were healed and then they lived the new life they had been given. I really don't believe that having been healed of disabilities and diseases any of the individuals asked questions like:
-what if I don't measure up?
-how can I deserve healing after the things I've done?
-will people think I'm as good as them now?
-should I associate with those who are still unhealed?
Yet that is exactly what we do when we dwell on ourselves and not the love and grace God gave us when he saved us. Rather than go out and show the world we are changed, we question every aspect of our lives. If we look at a majority of best selling Christian books, what do we see? Titles like: praying circles around our biggest dreams and greatest fears, enjoying peace in His presence, defeating idols that battle for your heart. A majority of books aimed at the Christian market revolve around making ourselves better -- or figuring out how to allow God to make us better -- or letting other people tell us how to find God. The funny thing is, when you are saved by grace, God is in your heart and you are what God wants you to be.
Rather than trying to figure out how to be a better person, why don't we live our lives as a person in which God lives and works? Rather than taking time to read a book about how to find peace or joy or contentment with God, why don't we take that time and sit quietly in a beautiful place and experience the peace, joy and contentment that is God's to give when we are with Him?
The lies of the world (whether internal or external) keep us busy trying to be better, trying to know God, trying to find peace. The Holy Spirit, God himself, lives inside us -- that is what make us whole, that is how we know God and that is how we gain peace. Don't waste you time questioning. Don't waste your time reading. The answer is within us. Jesus is the truth. The truth will set you free.
Blessings, your sister (the freedom fighter) -- Cynthia Mitchell