When it comes right down to it, real living is as simple as receiving truth and rejecting lies.
Simple? Yes. Easy? No. It’s amazing how much difficulty we can have doing either one.
We can be resistant to receiving the Spirit’s liberating truth about who we are in Christ, and passively open to accepting the enslaving lies of the enemy. Sometimes we don’t even recognize a lie for what it is, or realize we’ve given our agreement to it.
That’s why we all need keen-eyed, gun-toting sharp-shooters in our company, trusty companions who are adept at identifying lies and neutralizing the threat they present to us.
I have such a friend. I call her Annie Oakley. When she’s around, any smoky lie is sure to meet Annie’s smoking gun. She’ll aim, fire, and hit her target before that hell-born lie even hits the ground.
Once, when I was deeply discouraged, I expressed puzzlement over what was “nullifying the gospel in my life—“
“What I mean is that—“
Annie was right on the mark. NOTHING can nullify the gospel. I spoke a lie. So she blasted it back to hell where it came from.
Once I said something harsh and untrue about myself. Annie told me that if I ever said something like that again she’d use me for target practice. I thought to myself, “Yeah, like you need practice.” I didn’t say it out loud. Her gun was pointed right at me.
Annie Oakley won’t abide a lie, because she knows that truth and lies are matters of life and death. And if we are going to help one another walk in truth, every one of us needs a friend—and needs to be a friend—with a loaded gun and an itchy trigger finger.
Who’s got your back?