Gift of Love

Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of Lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. (James 1:17 TPT)

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Before I moved into my condo about three months ago, I threw things out and dropped items off at Goodwill or gave them to friends. I did the same thing even after the move as well. By throwing things out or giving them away, I made room for new furniture and decorations.

Our minds are a house for our belief systems, thoughts, personality, etc…

So, how much cleaning does our mind need?

Have we decluttered our minds from past memories that no longer belong in our present life?

Have we removed lies that block us from receiving truth?

Have we thrown away toxic belief systems that hold us back?

Sometimes it’s difficult to identity wrong belief systems because they’ve become a part of who we are and dictate how we think. Lies become deeply embedded in our belief systems that they seem true.

Belief systems such as: I have to earn God’s acceptance. I will always be an addict even after recovery.

Lies such as: I’m not enough for God, or for my family, for my spouse. I’m all alone.

As I cleaned my office in my condo, I came across items associated with my past. I threw much of it away, but had difficulty ridding myself of a few of them. I read one of the items and felt anxious. I had soul ties clinging to that item as it brought up undesirable memories. Yet, I didn’t want to throw it away because I felt it would be irreverent. Well, my mom set me straight — she told me to get rid of anything from that past tie.

I did and I haven’t missed it since.

Through a course I’m taking called SOZO (I shared briefly about this last week), I’m learning to declutter my mind. SOZO* teaches how to renew the mind.

Doing what Paul admonishes in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV): “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

SOZO teaches us to ask a member of the Godhead (God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to identify lies then replace them with truth. This act of exposing lies and revealing truth requires God’s intervention. We can’t often identify the lies because they’ve resided in our mind for so long that they feel like truth.

Our part in this interaction? First, asking him, “What lie am I believing?”. Then listening and writing down his answer; then renouncing the lies from your life. Then asking him, “What truth do you want me to know?”, listening and writing the truth(s).

It’s special whenever God reveals his truth to us (we can find an accompanying Scripture for every truth he reveals) because it’s so specific and personal. We know we’re valued.

Lastly, once we receive truth, ask, “What gift do you want to give me?”

These gifts are a reminder of the intimate exchange we had with him. Like the new furniture or decor enhancing my condo, these gifts brighten up my life.

As I shared last week, I received a rose from each member of the Godhead. Whenever I see a rose, I get happy. My heart knows the rose is my reminder that the Godhead cherishes me.

Today, I’m going to pick out a chair to put in my prayer room. That’s the gift God gave me yesterday. Boy, yesterday’s session with the Holy Spirit was painful but liberating.

Here, he identified what is called ‘colored lenses’. Often times, we see things through a certain filter but we’re not aware of this filter. This colors (taints) our vision toward God, ourselves, and others. I’ve known that I see things in a certain manner, but didn’t realize why. But once I received the truth that brightened my dimmed vision, I see things differently.

What was his gift for me? The Chair of Intimacy.

So, I want to pray in this chair, not because the chair itself has any power, but it’s symbolic of God’s love for me. He enjoys fellowshipping with me. I’m not a nuisance to him. He has time for me.

At times, even if we know truths that he loves us; he will never forsake us, it’s difficult to believe in our hearts especially when we’re enduring a test or trial. If are real with ourselves and remove the language of political correctness and religious manners, do we really believe the Word that he loves us? That we are accepted in the beloved?

A good gauge is to inspect our lives. Does our words, our actions, and our reactions to others reveal that we know God cherishes us? Do we believe God enjoys spending time with us? Hum…

If they don’t, I encourage you to ask a member of the Godhead, “What lie am I believing that’s preventing me from having an intimate relationship with you?” Then renounce the lie when he shows you. Ask him to reveal the truth. Then ask him for a gift. (Don’t forget to write this exchange down for daily reference.)

As I writing this now, I want to cry tears of joy. My mind is becoming clearer and more uncluttered. I’m enjoying the beauty of truth liberating my soul. And it’s impacting me in ways I didn’t expect. So, I’m excited to get liberated from other lies and seeing Truth transform me in the days and months to come.

How about you? What gifts has God given you to reveal his value of you? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

*For more in-depth material about SOZO, I recommend buying the book, SOZO by Dawna De Silva and Teresa Liebscher. It’s available on Amazon.)

 

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Friend of God. Writer. Resting in His grace daily.