Exchange the Truth for a Lie (29,700 words) This book is for all of us because it speaks to our shared human condition. “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart” is the clarion warning from the Book of Hebrews. What was said two millennia ago is just as relevant today. Life in a fallen world can be a ruthless and dangerous place. The race we began has more twists and turns than we could have imagined. Every person’s temptation is to draw back, give up, walk away, and create a new kind of truth. To walk with Jesus is a death walk, which sounds less demanding when read from the Bible than when lived out daily. Shifting back from a cross-carrying life begins in invisible ways—a gradient journey with thousands of micro-decisions. You may not even recognize your drifting from the truth of God.
This book can re-calibrate your soul while transforming your life with others in God’s world. It won’t be easy. Through these pages, you will see how God has effectively appropriated His grace in your life, but there will be other areas where you’ll “hear His voice,” appealing to you not to exchange His truth for a lie. If there is any sense of the LORD’s conviction as you read, I appeal to you to stop and zero in on those areas where change is needed. At the end of each chapter, I have call-to-action opportunities for you to self-reflect and assess. Take time to do this. Here are a few ways you can make the most of this book:
- Read prayerfully and expectantly as you move from page to page.
- Journal your thoughts. Don’t casually pass or dismiss the ah-ha moments. You’re not in a race to finish. The sanctification is a process, as much as it can be a series of events.
- Take your time. Perhaps your device allows you to highlight sentences and make notes inside the book. Go for it.
- Take your thoughts to the LORD. Ask Him to help you see what you can’t see.
- Finally, share what you are learning with a friend. The teacher will always learn more than the student, and if you share your sanctification reflections, you will begin to own them.
I pray that God will call many people back to their first love while others find the motivation to make ever-so-slight changes in their lives through the sweet applications of God’s eternal truths. It is a joy to serve you. I’m so glad that you’re reading this book. May the LORD of all keep you abiding in His truth while mercifully guarding you against the dangerous exchange.
Grace and peace,