It is only natural to react to adversity in any form. It is the overreaction that is the telltale sign that something is buried. It could be an emotional pain that we have not addressed. It could be negative or derogatory words spoken to our face. It could also be an after effect reaction. Sometimes we think about what just happened and negatively dialogue about it in our mind. We would not keep rehearsing it, if it had not triggered something.
The Lord will reveal our buried lies when He knows that we are fortified and prepared through His word. He will not expose it before that. He is very patient. He knows when our heart is ready to be confronted. Mine came to the surface as I was reading through Exodus. I was convicted in my heart through Moses’ backpedaling excuses. Excuses are a skin of reason wrapped around a lie. Then He orchestrated a present circumstance to deeply drive in His truth. He helped me incorporate that truth through my step of obedience.
Yesterday morning I was asking the Lord about this buried lie that He had exposed. My words: help me understand and process this inordinate need. As soon as the word ‘inordinate’ came out of my mouth, I thought back to Colossians 3:5 that I had memorized in the KJV. That is why I looked it up in other translations. It is certainly not a word in my daily vocabulary.
What happened to me is a great example of how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. He is always ready to take us into deeper healing from our past hurts. Though we live with them unconsciously, they still unknowingly affect our thought processes. Proverbs 23:7 says that we become how we think. Buried lies are guarded by pride. It is pride that keeps us from acknowledging them. He helped me understand that it was my pride that was blocking His grace to overcome. Overreactions are pride based. Who is the author of pride? We are not captives. The lies are only in our mind. Our spirit has been set free by Jesus’ shed blood.
Romans 6 is such a great chapter. It is filled with truth that will keep us free. Verse 1 says, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound?” Here is a lie that some in the body of Christ believe. You can do anything because you are under grace. That is a demonic way of bringing you back into bondage and being controlled by the evil one.
Verse 15 says, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! Paul emphatically refuted that lie. Verse 14 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you. For you are not under law but under grace.” The key lies in verse 12. It says, “Therefore do not LET sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” How do we do that?
Verse 13 gives us God’s way. It says, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 says that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We are not our own. Verse 20 says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Our greatest weapon kills our flesh and renders it inoperable. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.” A stronghold is a mindset rooted in a lie. The battlefield is our mind. Our thoughts either keep us in bondage, or they keep us free. When our thoughts come from the rich reservoir of God’s word hidden in our heart, we walk in the victory of our faith.