Words to Live By
As a young man, I struggled a lot with one particular sin. I was a habitual liar. I’ll be honest, this isn’t easy to admit, but as the expression goes, “confession is good for the soul.” The word of God expounds upon that very concept when it says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved,” (Romans 10:10). This verse tells me that in spite of all the truth you believe in your heart, if your mouth doesn’t correspond declaring truth at all times, what’s the point?
Early in our marriage, there came a point when my wife was at her wits’ end. She gave me over to the Lord. She interceded on my behalf, pleading with the Lord to change my heart. It was about that time when something impactful transpired in my life and as I was driven back to the Word of God. The divine words I had learned in my childhood were called to memory: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” (Psalm 119:11).
For the first time in my life, the scalpel of God’s Word cut deep into my soul convicting me of the great treason that it was for me to carelessly utter words of deceit. With the power of the Holy Spirit, I purposed in my heart to never again embarrass the Lord, my wife, my children, or myself again in that fashion.
I began to desperately store God’s Word in my heart. Step by step, the triviality of the materialistic associations that had overgrown my heart were surgically removed by the promptings of the Spirit. I praised God that He had begun a work in me that He was committed to see through to its completion as long as I voluntarily surrendered to Him on a daily basis. My life and bad habit changed.
Don’t get me wrong—I am still very much a work in progress. Nonetheless, I believe that those who associate with me today can say that they can depend on me to be a straight shooter with them. There is power in God’s Word. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to subtract the earthly and fill its place with the heavenly, the closer our association with Christ becomes.
By Carlos J. Craig, President