Last year, our Heavenly Father gave a scripture in Isaiah that wound up being a bedrock for a transformational year. It was a scripture that I had never read before, or if I had read it, it never stood out like it did last year. Isn’t it just like the Holy Spirit to make a scripture jump out at us?
It was Isaiah 48:1:
“Hear this, house of Jacob, who are named Israel
And who came from the waters of Judah,
Who swear by the name of the Lord
And invoke the God of Israel,
But not in truth nor in righteousness.”
That last line is what stuck out—the “not in truth” part. I asked God, “Do You mean we can call out to You, but not in truth?” I have never thought about that being a possibility. So, it prompted a journey where my husband and I examined our relationship with truth.
Questions came flooding in my spirit like, “Did I really rejoice with the truth? Was I ready to hear the Truth? Was I even capable of loving others because love rejoices with the Truth? Would I scoff or hate the truth or become offended at the Truth?”
As I began to ask these things, the Holy Spirit began to reveal truths that He wanted out of the way so that His love could flow through us. This was such an simple way of how we could decrease, and He could increase. When we allow the Holy Spirit of Truth to reveal the truth about us, God can refine us. But are we ready to hear the truth?
Many times, I wasn’t, and He knew that, yet He had a plan.
The Holy Spirit would remain silent many times when I asked Him questions until one day, I got a revelation. He wanted me to lay down some things and get ready to hear the truth. He knew I wasn’t ready to hear some things, so in His gentleness, He helped me get ready.
He revealed many things that could get in the way of receiving the truth with rejoicing. Things like pride, our own understanding, hopelessness, fear, arrogance, hatred of the truth, fear of the truth, etc. And many times, these things were hidden but the Holy Spirit knew they were there and just whispered the things we needed to lay down.
As I laid them down, tension would decrease and it seemed to make room for peace. We were preparing the way of the Lord by doing this.
And then He would have us ask Him for things like love, joy, rejoicing with the truth, patience, peace, love for others, gentleness, self-control, etc.
As we received and agreed with these fruits of the Spirit, He started to speak more and more as we prayed like this. He started to reveal more and more about us, our hearts, even our intentions. And honestly the truth about those things began to heal some of the most difficult and painful places in our souls and soon enough we found it healing the most painful and/or difficult places in relating to others. We saw God be faithful to His Word and watched the truth set us free!
If this is something that you feel the Lord wants you to do, God wants you to be encouraged through this process. The thing to remember is that He knows it all. He knows everything about you and He loves you. And just remember that.He has always known every bit of you and still called you to know Him. Throughout all the revelation that He may show you, He has loved you and always will. He shows you truth because He loves you. Trust in His love for you. (Here’s a song by Jeremy Camp that you might enjoy).
I wanted to share this because God really does delight in the truth and wants His children free. So many need breakthroughs in relationships right now. If you want help praying, please send us an email and we’ll schedule a time to pray.
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