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I realize these aren’t easy questions, but I believe the answers lie within you. They are so powerful that when you answer them truthfully, your next steps begin to unfold in a big way. You can run from them or ignore them, but they are not going away. That’s the power of having the courage to tell the truth. Truth awakens you from the deep slumber of lies. In pretending we don’t hear the voice of the Holy Spirit or resisting the guidance of that voice, we live a lie. “God, did You say this man I’m dating is not ‘the one’? But we’ve been together too long. I’ve invested too much. If I don’t stay with him, then what? I’ll be alone again. I’ll never meet anyone else. God, that can’t be You. No, that wasn’t You. I’m going to stick with what I have.” And more years progress and the relationship doesn’t. You feel stuck. Or maybe it’s not a relationship. Maybe it’s your money habits. You know God has nudged you to be a better steward, speak up, and negotiate what your contributions are worth, but the idea of doing so scares the dickens out of you. You imagine yourself groveling for a better salary and being thrown out of your boss’s office, or telling the dealership you want a better price and having them laugh in your face. So, you are quiet. The truth is, you don’t just want a better deal or higher pay, you need it. But feelings of insecurity may lead you to pretend all is well financially. But it is not.

If you embraced the truth of what you know deep down, you’d be free to walk onto the path God has for you. It is a life of faith. You step out with no guarantees except God’s promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you … and His declaration that, if you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart.

Get Moving!

1. Go to a quiet place. For two full minutes, close your eyes and breathe deeply — slow, cleansing breaths Breathe in slowly for five seconds, then exhale for eight seconds.

2. Meditate on the words of Jesus found in John 8:31-32: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The truth of God’s Word will always set you free, and so will the truth of your situation.

3. Tell the truth. After meditating on the Scripture, do a reality check on your biggest challenge and answer these questions: What truth(s) have you avoided admitting to yourself? In what way(s) has this affected your ability to move forward?

As you move forward into the life that God has designed for you, face the truth, and you’ll be free. It won’t be easy, but it will be life-changing. c

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