“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” (Colossians 3:9, NAS95)
Abiding in Christ continually leads me to truth—truth about God, my circumstances and my soul. For most of my formative years I had no idea of the hidden deceit of my household. Fortunately, abiding Christ helped me to see the hidden thing that had hindered my home and my heart.
I grew up in an alcoholic home. That remained a secret until my college years. I had intuited it due to the craziness of what alcohol’s influence did to my home of origin. I had no verification of it, and my own insecurity, or fear of the truth of which I was already aware, kept me from confirming the reason for the insanity within which I lived. Then it all came out in the open as tensions and issues grew stronger between my parents.
Interestingly, God drew me to trusting Christ a few years prior, and as a result of His presence, I could assist in helping overcome the hidden deceit. I even remember God giving me an impression about my parent’s relationship in 1980 that became a reality a year later. My relationship with Christ sustained me through many interesting events, as a young disciple of Jesus. My soul needed to cling closely to Jesus then, and that proves essential even until today. Especially when the fear of reality as it stands causes me to push a situation out of my mind.
I cannot recount all that God did in those years, but I know He sustained me, allowed me to respond with love to the hidden deceit entering the light and support the best way forward so that my family of origin could move toward health. In fact, that remains a huge lesson—abiding in Jesus allows the truth of hard circumstances to be received well and with love. Abiding with and in Jesus causes the hiddenness of deceit to disappear as He ushers in the truth of reality along with the strength to endure it. I’m all in for abiding and deepening my rootedness in Christ. He has not only saved me from sin’s grip; He’s also sent the fruit of salvation into my soul numerous times since, simply because He continually invites me to abide. I am phenomenally grateful!
Warmly in Christ, Doug Mitts
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.” (Psalm 51:6, NAS95)
How does God help you grow in your own self-awareness and the awareness of His love?
What sorts of things might God be calling to your awareness, but at the same time you might be resistant to hear because of the hardness of the circumstance?