Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever (Romans 1:24-25, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).
There is a reality that we humans, for all kinds of reasons, exchange the truth of God for lies. It is also reality that we hinder our knowledge of him when we refuse his truth.
The beautiful thing is that we who have given ourselves to Christ are seen by the father through Christ’s sacrifice and his righteousness. And because of his sacrifice alone, we can approach the father with confidence.
Take some undistracted space to ask: Father, are there truths that I have exchanged for lies? Will these truths help me know you more deeply? Father, if I release these lies to you, how did you create me to experience this truth? Thank you for your truth, Father.
My personal engagement with this session:
This passage gets right in there for me. It’s so easy to navigate life by what feels good or what is easiest or best through the filter of what works best for Phil Rice. But really, that is all secondary. It’s important that my heart is part of my navigational compass, and it is important to run things through the filter of how I do feel about something. But those things must still come under the submission of God’s words — both in scripture and by his spirit. So this passage brings me back to that place. God, help me see what you see. Help me love what you love and hate what you hate. For me, this is the place of continual, daily surrender.
An added note from Phil Rice
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Thanks for journeying alongside,