Listen to His truth

I sat there watching quietly as they zoomed in and out among the red Bee Balm, and purple Echinacea. They were moving at such a high rate of speed that only the faster shutter speed of my camera lens was able to slow them down. I always hear before seeing them, as the constant beating of their wings produces a low humming sound, a sound that never fails to envelope me in a strange and peaceful tranquility.

Last week’s rain finally brought a welcoming sigh of relief from the overwhelming heat, allowing me the perfect opportunity to sit outside in my flower garden and view my beloved hummingbirds. As I sat there watching one hummingbird after another visit the feeders and partake of the sugar water mixture, I marveled at how tiny they were.
I couldn’t help but wonder about the miniature birds and ponder what their purpose for existence might be. Why would God make a creature that spends its entire day searching for food, living just hours away from certain death unless their required daily nourishment has been met?

Their seemingly insignificance shouldn’t weigh so heavily on me, but it makes me think of my own significance, one that has such a tendency to overwhelm me, that at times I feel like a tiny splinter living among a forest of giant timbers.

My biggest battle seems to come from my own mind. I encounter many days where I really have to focus to tune out the negative thoughts, and instead listen to the voice of my Savior, the voice of truth.

I hear, “You are worthless.” He says, “Every hair on your head is numbered, and you are worth more than all the sparrows.  Luke 12:7

I hear, “You can’t do anything right.” He says “Rely on my strength and you can do anything you want to through me.”Philippians 4:13

I hear, “You are weak.” He says, “Put your hope in Me and I’ll make you strong and courageous, and your work will be rewarded.” Psalm 31:24, 2 Corinthians 15:7

I hear, “You are not smart enough.” He says, “All you have to do is ask and I’ll give you enough spiritual wisdom so that your knowledge of Me will become limitless.” Ephesians 1:17

I hear, “You are not good enough.” He says, “You will never be good enough, but if you rely on me I will give you enoughgrace to be sufficient in all things, and you will have plenty left over to do good works.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

No matter what we think about ourselves, there is a higher power who holds the real truth in the palms of His hands. He tells us that once we know the truth, once we finally understand what that truth means, we will truly be set free. (John 8:32)

I want that so much for my life. I want to be set free from all the negativity, and the lies I constantly bombard myself with. I’m trying really hard to grasp an understanding, to finally see that all my negative thoughts pale in comparison to His truth.

‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’  (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Absolutely nothing God has ever, or will ever create is insignificant. He always has a purpose, a reason for making it, and that especially applies to our lives. His reasoning may never be fully clear to us; we may always marvel at why He made so many beautiful creatures like the hummingbird. Maybe the answer is to simply allow us a glimpse of His marvelous beauty, but whatever the case, we can rest assured He has a plan for it; we can be certain it is significant in His eyes.

His word is truth, and will continue to set us free. (John 8:32)

‘Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation. I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, so our land will be filled with his glory. Unfailing love and truth have met together. Righteousness and peace have kissed! Truth springs up from the earth,and righteousness smiles down from heaven.’ (Psalm 85:7-12 NLT)

Please pray with me:
O heavenly Father, the mere mention of Your name makes me feel so very unworthy. I come before Your presence humbled to know that Your greatest desire for me is that I will not only see the truth about myself, but live the truth as one who has been set free.
Lord, that is my desire too, but I allow so many obstacles to block my path to freedom. I’m just now beginning to see that although we are mere specks of dust compared to Your glory, we should never allow ourselves to sink into the pit of lies the enemy puts before us.

I want to saturate my life with Your truth and know that no matter what I think of myself, no matter what the world thinks of me, there is only one Truth that really matters. I thank You for this truth and for covering me in Your grace and love.

For as always, it’s in Your name I pray,
Amen
Salina

Verse on photo inspired by John 8:32
Hummingbird info adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummingbird

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15 thoughts on “Listen to His truth

  1. Thank you for your post just what I need at the moment, self doubt is a tool of Satan that can so easily make us sink into the pit.  We have to remember that we are after all made in the image of God, and thus have a purpose.

  2. Thank you so much Sharon for letting me know.  We need to learn to rise above the self doubt and fight to keep ourselves out of the pit.  We can only do that with our Lord's help.  God bless.

  3. Beautiful Salina! Thank you for sharing this with us. Truth is medicine to the soul; healing, as it brings God's light into our lives. It truly does set us free :)

  4. Salina, what a tender post. May we each walk in the fullness of freedom God offers to us, rejecting deception and embracing His Truth!Coming from Sharing His Beauty link-up.

  5. Such beautiful truths about the God who loves us and who poured out His grace upon us! Knowing our significance and importance to our Father in heaven – this reminds me of Dr. Seuss' words: "There is no one alive that is youer than you" – for we are the redeemed, His very own.

  6. Love this post!  Yes, there is the enemy who is constantly trying to whisper his lies to us, but as Jesus did in the desert, we must refute each one with God's truth in the Word.  I think that as long as we live in this world, we will hear those lies, but I know the more we declare His truth, the more those truths will take hold!  I thought I'd link something I wrote about speaking those beautiful words over ourselves and others…     Pam, http://wordglow.wordpress.com

  7. Oh, I know. I love how life is like that.  It makes each day new and exciting wondering what God has given us to discover. Thanks for reading and commenting.  I'll check out your post.

  8. I agree.  We will never fully rid ourselves of those lies, but thank God we have His truth to declare.  Thanks Pam.  I look forward to reading the attached post.

  9. Thanks Rina for commenting. I've always loved the Dr. Seuss saying.  It is true that there is no one like us.  So thankful for His redeeming love. Bless you hun. ♥

  10. Thank you for your beautiful words Nita. Truth is definitely medicine to the soul. There is nothing more healing than knowing how free we are in God's Word.  We are free indeed. Bless you friend. ♥

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