coffee talk: exchanges

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie…”

And you know what? So have I.

  • I’ve exchanged His truth that I’m loved freely for the lie that I need to earn it.
  • I’ve exchanged His truth that He’ll provide for the lie that I need to take care of myself.
  • I’ve exchanged His truth that I’m free for the lie that I’m still in chains.
  • I’ve exchanged His truth that He uses broken vessels for the lie that He’ll only use me when I dot-dot-dot.
  • I’ve exchanged His truth that I was made in His image for the lie that who I am just isn’t enough.

What would you add to the list?

And how do we exchange them back?


22 Responses to “coffee talk: exchanges”
  1. gitz says:

    “I’ve exchanged His truth that I was made in His image for the lie that who I am just isn’t enough.”

    This one is just huge.

    And how do we exchange them back? I think part of it obviously has to do with trusting Him, but I’ve exchanged a lot of these because other people have been God-like to me; reflecting His love onto me until I see the truth for myself.

  2. love says:

    i’ve exchanged His Truth that i am to love Him above all else with the lie that i love him more than i love me. (i might say i do but this is not yet actual truth).

    How do we exchange these?

    i’d say the first step is in WAKING UP and being aware each day of the many little ways we live the lie.

    Learning from Him (He is in ALL things) and from Scripture can help us learn to detest what he detests and hate the lie (Proverbs 6:16) that we might always seek out and live in Truth.

    Overcoming our human pride (which can exist as ‘negative’ pride or self-loathing) is another vital step.


  3. Katie says:

    “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
    Open the eyes of my heart.
    I want to see You.
    I want to see You.”

    There is the answer. It is only in knowing who HE really is, that we discover who WE really are. Which is why Jesus said He came to show us the Father.

  4. I have exchanged His truth for the lie that now that I am over 65 I have no need to study His word so much.

  5. Michael says:

    I love reading your blog lately… just awesome…

    I’ve exchanged His truth that life is all about pleasing Him when I make it all about pleasing me.

    I’ve exchanged His truth that we are go out and help others when I am out to help only me.

    I’ve exchanged His truth that He will answer our prayers when my prayers all centered around my wants and self-centered needs.

  6. Melissa says:

    I have exchanged the truth that I can rest in the fullness of God’s grace and mercy for the lie that it is all up to me.

    Since Satan is the father of lies:
    “…prayer is contrary to Satan, because prayer empowers the Word, and the Word defeats the devil.” John Piper

    Let’s go back to the truth of His word, and pray that the truth brings life and light.

  7. annie says:

    How do we exchange them? That is the question to which all of Christianity would like to know the answer. Perhaps it’s a decision? Just to step out on that piece of earth that seems wobbly and find in doing it that it is actually the rock, and we were on the sand. Perhaps it is discovering what is convincing us otherwise and shutting up those voices – instead filling our ears with what we need to have grounded in our hearts. Perhaps it is a place of warfare – to fight against the things we had only given way to in the past. Perhaps, again, it is all of these. Or something different entirely. Or perhaps it is just living in that light … taking the next step … regardless of if it seems to lead to our destination or not – but He is there. And trusting He will lead us home.

  8. Jessica says:

    wow, “I’ve exchanged His truth that I’m loved freely for the lie that I need to earn it.” pretty much sums it up for me.

    how do we exchange them back? trust.

  9. How do we exchange them back? I’ve just barely started reading a book about self-talk, and it uses the illustration of a closet. So in this case, we need to put healthy, loving, truthful clothes into our closet – and we get that from reading the Word and making sure that we consume Biblical stuff, not worldly stuff.

    That being said, I’m more often than not…bad at this.

  10. Jessica West says:

    I’ve exchanged His truth for a lie in thinking that he will not have my hand in every situation, and in thinking that although I know him and know that I am his…that I keep on thinking a disaster will befall me and will be taken from His hands.

    Truth – he will never forsake me nor leave me
    Truth – He has established me and will have my hand in everything I encounter
    Truth – It is by Grace I ahve been saved…not by works

    fear the Lord
    Serve Him
    Cling to Him
    Swear by His Name
    Dauteronomy 10:20-21

    and His is my praise and My God even more so when I take away the cloudiness of the lie and look into the clarity of the truth.

  11. roo says:

    I’ve been coffee-deprived for two days. I’m not sure I can talk without it at this point.

  12. I was just stopping by to see what was happening at the g & g and forgot I didnt comment here before. This post was amazing, friend. I’m sure it’s another printer-upper and put in Bibler!

    I think I’ve exchanged His passions for temporary distractions.

  13. Heidi

    I exchanged His everlasting arms, for temporary arms of comfort.

    hmmm… haven’t figured this out yet.

  14. Jessica says:

    interesting thing just happened here at work. i had trained a person on how to do a task that involves another department. she decided to do it her own way. unfortunately her changes were not a good thing.

    at first i was upset, “why didn’t you just do it the way i trained you?”

    then i thought how many times has God has told me what to do and i have “done it my own way”.

    i took a moment to get things right.

  15. alece says:

    i am learning to allow God to love me through people…

    “reflecting His love onto me until i see the truth for myself” — that is ringing so true in my own life.

  16. alece says:

    i’ve made some of those same exchanges…

  17. alece says:

    living and active!

    i need to get more of the Word in me so more of the Word comes out of me…

  18. alece says:

    i know for me a huge part is taking captive every thought that isn’t obedient to Christ…

    something i read recently on Relevant says it so well:

    You can’t stop the voice from speaking, but you can stop yourself from listening.

    Let’s break it down into slow motion. As we’ve learned in March Madness, the outcome of a game is often determined in just a few seconds. So think of it this way―five seconds left in the game:

    00:05 – The voice in your head speaks, “You’d be happier if…”

    00:04 – You acknowledge the voice, “Oh, it’s you voice. Playing that game again, huh?”

    00:03 – Turn to the truth, “I have all things in Christ.”

    00:02 – Personalize it, “I already have the love, or worth, or peace, or contentment I desire right now through the Christ life inside me.”

    00:01 – Let it sink in; embrace it, feel it, absorb it.

    00:00 – Standing in freedom!


  19. alece says:

    “i took a moment to get things right.”

    i loved that.

  20. alece says:

    “look into the clarity of the truth”…

    your words are so powerful.

  21. annie says:

    “You can’t stop the voice from speaking, but you can stop yourself from listening.” So very true. I must not be a sports gal, ’cause … I’m not gettin’ the sports analogy. But if it works for you, that’s all that matters!! :D Identifying the voice – yeah, huge.

  22. alece says:

    “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…” – colossians 3:12

    so good…

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