In the Old Testament, God traveled with the Israelites in different forms to protect them. The Israelites knew that their God was fighting for them because they could physically see God going before them and behind them.
Have you ever been to your local fair and looked at your reflection in a funhouse mirror? If you have, you definitely noticed that you look… a little crazy! These mirrors are designed to distort the way that you see yourself, and it’s entertaining to see the funky shapes and forms your body can take on in the reflection.
In a way, this illustration can be a vivid analogy for our personal lives. Are there “funhouse mirrors” around us distorting the way we see ourselves? Are our eyes focused on sources that misrepresent our worth or make it hard to see who we really are? Sometimes, we may not even realize that we are looking to our peers, popular culture and social media to offer a reflection of our worth.
Even Jesus battled against distorted truth while He walked upon the earth. Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for 40 days, and in this time He faced many tests and trials. Despite every test of the Enemy, Jesus was confident in His responses:
And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Jesus models it best with his actions in the desert: the only way to battle the lies of the devil is by knowing the real truth as it is written in God’s word. Each time Jesus responds, “It is written…” he exposes the lie the Enemy had offered Him. He points to real, tangible words that reveal inarguable truths.
Our confidence in who we are and whose we are can only come by believing and knowing who God says that we are through Him. The Enemy did not say unreasonable things to Jesus that didn’t make sense. He even quoted scripture to try to confuse Jesus! Despite this, Jesus was confident what he knew to be true, what he knew “is written.”
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians tells us that knowing truth is like having a full set of armor to keep us protected as we walk through life. Memorizing truth in scripture allows us to walk in confidence and peace.
We are called to write this truth upon our hearts and minds. It helps to place this truth all throughout your day: on your phone lockscreen, in your car, on your desk, on sticky notes throughout your house.
So what is written about who we are?
I am called by name:
“But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
I am called His child:
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,”
I am made in His image:
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
I have purpose:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
He sings in His love for me:
“He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
There are so many beautiful truths we get to carry with us each and every day! Our confidence comes when we believe the truth of who God says we are. When we see that truth is being distorted by social media or by another’s words, we get to respond powerfully with God’s truth and say, “It is written…” The beauty of a relationship with our Savior is that He will speak truth into our hearts every day!
More truth: Check out Joe White’s video to learn more about scripture memory.