There is another part to life-giving actions. Reading God’s word daily will influence our thought processes. As we read for understanding, the Holy Spirit will highlight phrases or words that He wants us to consider.
Let me give you an example. As a child and young adult I struggled with heart condemnation. I believed many lies that the enemy planted in my heart. Once I understood this ground that was given to satan because I believed his lies, I renounced them.
The next step was to embed God’s truth. I intentionally planted new seeds of truth in that fallow ground. 1 John 3:2-22 says, “For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows all things.
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
As I began to implant these verses, the Holy Spirit helped me understand something very essential. The enemy plants lies in our heart that enter and drop seed when we do not resist his fiery darts. Do you lack confidence in the Lord? Do you have a hard time believing His word because the lies of the enemy seem more real? I did.
Let me start at the end of these three verses and move upwards. When we read His word and apply it to our lives, our confidence in Him increases. The lies that have condemned our hearts surface.
What please the Lord? Faith! What does satan seek to destroy? Our faith! Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”
Renounce means to disown. I believed so many of satan’s lies as a child and into my adulthood. In 1993 I learned that not every thought was of my own origin.
From then on, as would I read through my Bible, the dross-lies surfaced because they were no match for God’s truth! His light exposed their hidden darkness. Psalm 119:130 says, “The entrance of Your word gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.”
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”Life-giving actions will follow our life-giving thoughts when the ground of our heart is flourishing and verdant with truth.