Sometimes my words offend even me as I realize that something in my life is not quite what it should be to honor and obey God. But if it is the truth from the Source of All Truth (God), then I am obligated to write it. Truth, no matter how much it might hurt us, must be known. But when we are willing to face the truth and even be wounded by it, then we are on the path to redemption, to freedom from the various sins that enslave us. If we avoid truth or water it down, we will remain slaves to our sin. In the words of Bob Dylan, “You're gonna have to serve somebody,/It may be the devil or it may be the Lord/But you're gonna have to serve somebody.” I would rather serve the Lord than to serve Satan. The Lord’s burdens on us are light. In Matthew 11:30, Jesus tells us, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Following God’s way is much easier than than following the ways of the world, of sin, or of Satan. Those ways will enslave us, fill us with guilt, wear us down, make us fearful and bitter, take away all hope, and take all joy from our lives.
God’s burdens are light by comparison to that. We may not like His Truth sometimes as it may tell us something that we don’t want to hear, it may wound our pride, and it may force us to give up something that we didn’t want to let go of. But His Truth will never hurt us, make us fearful, make us bitter, nor take the joy from our lives. In God’s words, there is always the promise of freedom, forgiveness, redemption, cleansing, peace, joy, love, and hope. I have tried the other way, and I have tried God’s way. Believe me, God’s way is much, much better. Walking with Him over the course of years will fill you with wisdom, incredible peace, and will leave you completely satisfied with life. His Way is not without pain. As long as we live in this “earthen vessel” we will experience troubles. But we will never be alone in our troubles. He will always help us carry those burdens if we take them to Him in prayer every day. Additionally, while we spend time with Him in prayer every day, He gradually builds up His Power and His Spirit in us until one day we will look back on our lives and where we have come from and will not be able to believe who we are now or who we were then.
I pray that you will seek His Truth today. If you turn over all things to Him, starting with giving your heart to Jesus, then He will set you free, perhaps over the course of months or years, but bit by bit, His Power can and will tear down all strongholds of sin and bondage.