This morning as I sat down to be still for 15 minutes, I heard the most annoying sound: bzzzzzzzzzzzz. It would stop for a moment only to start again: bzzzzzzzzzzz. As I sat there and listened, these words came to my mind: kill the fly. A small pesky thing that can cause a great distraction.
So, how do you kill the fly? A handy little tool called a fly swatter. If you have ever tried to kill a fly with a dish towel or some other item, it can be a little more tricky. A fly swatter has one job – to kill the fly. But ever notice when you need the fly swatter, you have no idea where it is at or better yet, decide not to get it. I have actually left the room where the bzzzzzz-ing was going on so I would not be annoyed. Did the fly die, nope. Did it fix the problem, nope. Did it make me feel better momentarily, yep. When I went back to the room again, guess what, the bzzzzzzz-ing was still there?!?
Then this word came: lies do the same thing as that pesky fly. They bzzzzzzzzz around, making noise, distracting – annoying us and periodically they will be silent only to resurface. I wrote in my journal: Kill the (f)Lie.
The next question that came to my mind was: what (f)lies are bzzzzzzz-ing around? Then I listed a few that I hear bzzzzzz-ing from time to time: (1) you are not good enough (2) you are a failure (3) you are not successful (4) you could do more. I bet you have your own (f)lies that bzzzzzzzzzz around. And wow….it is annoying…it is distracting!
What kills the (f)lies? The truth – the truth of who He is and who we are. The (f)lie swatter is the very word of God. Do we know where it is at? Have we grabbed it in a while or do we grab other items – dish towel of comparison, spray bottle of accusation – trying to do the job that only the (f)lie swatter can do. Eph. 6:17 reads, “…take the sword of the spirit, which is the very word of God.” What does the sword do? It kills the (f)lie. Dead. Done. No more bzzzzzzzzz-ing.
Let’s look at the four (f)lies I gave as examples above and how the (f)lie swatter kills them.
(1) (f)lie – you are not good enough. (f)lie swatter – Gen. 1 27-31, 1 John. 4:10 & Ps. 100;5, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…and the Lord looked upon what He had made and called it good. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. For the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever…”
(2) (f)lie – you are a failure. (f)lie swatter – Rom. 8:37 & Is. 54:17, “…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us… No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants…”
(3) (f)lie – you are not successful. (f)lie swatter – Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
(4) (f)lie – you could do more. (f)lie swatter – Prov. 19:21 & Jer. 29:11, “Many are the plan in a man’s heart but it is the purpose of the Lord that prevails. I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans to prosper you; to give you a hope and a future.”
Kill the (f)Lie: it has nothing to do with my or your goodness. It has everything to do with His. You and I are created in His image to do good works. We are conquerors. No (f)lie (weapon) that comes against you or I shall prosper. He has plans for our future. Our heritage is success; not as the world may see it but nonetheless, it is filled with hope and the fullness of life itself!
I challenge and encourage you to write down the (f)lies that bzzzzzzz about and know what (f)lie swatter you need. And when that pesky bzzzzzz-ing happens, do what you know to do: kill the (f)Lie!
One last thought: As I was finishing up my 15 minutes, this question entered my mind: How did the (f)lie get into the house? The answer: a door was left open. The application for us: What, if any, doors are we leaving open that may be allowing (f)lies to bzzzzzzzz around?
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