THIS CHRISTMAS: Unwrapping the Names of Jesus

Truth

God,

Thank you for giving me a sound mind and a good heart! Thank you for giving me your son, the Truth, and for always speaking truth to me.

Help me to always know and remember that my belief does not make an idea truth. No matter how believable a lie seems, it is no more true than it ever was. Help me to see the nugget of truth tucked at the center of every lie, but help me unwrap it and throw away all the lies that surrounded it.

I know that what I think determines what I feel. And what I feel determines what I do. So I am desperate to think right so that I’ll naturally do right. So many times, though, I feel like my thoughts and my emotions are out of my control, that they come and my only option is to exist in them.

The truth, Father, is that my thoughts can be under my control. They exist in me, and I can be in charge of them. In fact, I should, and it’s only right that I be in control of them. You gave me life so that I could live powerfully in victory. Through your grace and power, I will be in charge of them.

Help me be aware and vigilant to recognize untruth when it comes into my mind and heart. Help me develop perseverance in taking my thoughts captive so that I can test them to see if they are of you or not. Help me learn discernment, and give me the strength and the courage to replace every untruth with truth.

What is one lie I am believing that I can work to replace this week, Father? What thought, image, or scripture do you want me to put in its place?

Truth sets me free. Every truth I keep in mind grants me another degree of freedom. I want every bit of the freedom you purchased for me, God, so help me to take hold of the truth and never let it go.

In the name of your son, Jesus -- Truth, amen.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV