Speaking true-isms isn’t actually speaking the Truth. Truth is a Person! Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” So then rehearsing variable realities is not helpful to our spiritual lives. Statements like: “I am stupid!” “I can’t do anything right!” I’m so ugly!” These are variable realities. Each of them is a declaration stating only a perspective or perception, but it doesn’t express Truth. They might reflect my point of view or even be factual as I see it, but they are not THE Truth. Again, the Truth is a Person, the Person of Christ.
Speaking: Truth is a Person
I’ve seen great power in proclaiming and rehearsing the Truth. My words have great power. My confessions are formative, even my negative confessions are formative. And it’s devastating when my declarations are not the Truth. Why? Because they still have power and can cement my pronouncements into my thinking and experience. This is why proclamation of the Truth is so important. It has power to establish the Truth in my life. As I hear the Truth, I confess it as Truth. It is agreement with the Person who is the Truth. Agreeing with His Life as my reality.
It isn’t like a hocus-pocus mantra or incantation to establish a truth. No, it is an agreement with the Truth, who is a Person, and my reality. I don’t confess the Truth to make it true in my life. I proclaim Truth as THE Truth in faith. My proclamation isn’t to make Truth true; it is to confess to my thinking what IS Truth.
Agreement: Truth is a Person
Because Truth is a Person, unchangeable and fixed, confession only declares my agreement with what is already true. While I can suffer with unbelief, Truth is no less true. And because Jesus is Truth, what He says and thinks is THE Truth. While my knowledge is acquired, my Truth is Him.
There is a big difference between acquired knowledge and innate knowledge. I have acquired knowledge, knowledge I have gathered in life through experience, but God is my innate Truth. The Word says my Creator infused the Truth into my being when He made me.
The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the Truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Tell the Truth in Your Heart
I always thought it was noble to speak what was true in my heart. But what I have found is that it’s not my actualities that bring Life; it is only His Truth that matters. Hearing His Truth and speaking His truth is what matters. I can admit my unbelief but I must agree with The Truth. This fact will always remain: God’s thinking is greater than my thoughts, and my thoughts must be His thoughts.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.“
Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
How precious to me are Your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with You.
Psalm 139:17-18 ESV