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Half-Truth Prince

I'm going through a bin of my "off-season clothes," putting away the bright tank tops and pulling out thick sweaters. As I stock my little closet for the cold months ahead, I pull on a pair of jeans from last year. The fabric stops just short of my hips.

Too tight.

Way too tight.

I avoid looking at the mirror against the wall as I hurry them off, my face flushed even though I'm the only one in the room.

And even though my bedroom is silent, I hear it so clearly-

"If you had been eating better.... avoided that lunch time cookie... spent more time exercising..."
...   ...   ...

I'm on the phone with a parent who's completely confused in registering his child for Camp. I'm walking him through it when I realize that I made a mistake when setting up the program in our system. That one check box I forgot to click will make it impossible for anyone to register, and I have to start all over again from scratch.

Even though the parent is understanding and accepts my apology with my promise that I'll take care of everything, I hear it in my own mind-

"You have no idea what you're doing... screw up... can't you just pay more attention?...  look at the mess you've made..."

...   ...   ...

My stomach clenches at the red notification on Facebook. I don't really want to read that comment.

I'm simply stating my beliefs, but she's not having it. No, she'd much rather take out her hurts on me, calling me 'ignorant' and insulting my faith. She's passionate about the topic, and so am I. I'm not about to back down... and she isn't, either.

And I hear it-

"Being mean would feel so good... who does she think she is?... call her out.... here's what you could say to insult her right back..."
...   ...   ...

In Genesis 3, we see the beginning of all evil:

[The serpent] said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.Genesis 3:1-4, emphasis mine

Satan didn't really lie to Eve in that garden. If she disobeyed God, if she believed that God was holding back from her, she would know the difference between good and evil.

Eve would gain that knowledge, because she would, for the first time, experience what it was to choose the evil.

Satan didn't lie to Eve. He just led her, in his manipulative way, into a deeper lie- into the question of God's goodness.

It's an old trick, but he's still using it. 

All those thoughts of mine? Those deep seated, almost audible whispers? They're not completely lies.

If I took better care of my body, yes, I'd be thinner and healthier. I ate things I knew weren't helpful to healing my body and treating it as a temple, and I failed to care for myself the way I should.
I did make a mistake with the registration system, and yeah, I do mess things up- nearly daily. 
I was justified in my anger- this other person was hurting me and sinning against me with her words. 

But you know, those truths- the truth of my humanity, of my mistakes, of my fallen-ness- they have no bearing on who I am. I've been bought with a price, and my sins are washed away.

My too-round, too-full belly pales in comparison in the brilliant light of the empty tomb.

The mistakes my hands make are covered by his nail-scarred ones.

The grace and mercy that he freely gave to me - his arms stretched out on the cross- are now mine to extend.

And Satan, with his half-truths and his penchant for making me doubt the love of my Savior, has no power over me. The Price of Lies has already been defeated by my King of Kings. I don't have to listen to those whispers, to those doubts, to the voice that tells me that I'm not enough.

I am enough, because Christ is enough, and he lives in me. My identity is rooted in my Jesus.

Those half-truths, that gray area of just true enough and yet not true at all, are called out for what they really are by the brilliance of Truth.

The serpent's head has been crushed, and the Half-Truth Prince has no power here anymore.

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  1. Hey, really interesting and well thought out article. I especially know what you mean about when people get nasty and full of bile online. However, I disagree with you on the weight thing. We're lucky to have food in our culture. If people in starving cultures on other continents had what we had, the word diet wouldn't even enter their minds. It is a cultural thing, nothing to be ashamed of, and I don't think that plus size people are any less Christian or that their bodies aren't beautiful temples too. Theirs are just a little extra roomy :)

    Besides, don't beat yourself up over the small stuff.

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Ruby. You're very right- we are incredibly blessed to have such wonderful access to food- a privileged many people don't have. Honestly, though, in my own life, I know that my extra weight is causing issues (and it's partially caused by issues, too!). I don't take good enough care of myself- it's not just a weight thing, it's an exercise and not eating junk all the time thing, you know?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Satan is the master of half-truths that deceive us. I am glad you see him for what he is - a total loser to our Lord! About your weight...being healthy is more important then being skinny, so daily aim for eating healthy and moving to keep healthy (it is a daily, hourly, minute by minute maze of us making healthy choices...everything in moderation!). As for mistakes, you are human - we all make mistakes, ask forgiveness, fix it if we can and move on (to err is human, to forgive, divine). The internet allows people to hid behind a computer and say things they would never say face to face (cowards), but it does offer you an opportunity to be a great witness to this person - turn the other cheek, keep to the high road, be forgiving and pray for God to bless this person :) You know that prayer works :) I really appreciate how you put yourself out there on your blog and bring up things all of us face...and remind us of how we should respond! Bless you!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by today!

      Yes, I definitely agree that being "skinny" isn't the goal- I want to get back to a healthy place (a healthier weight, not panting when I walk up the stairs...) because that's where I could do the most and had the most energy!

      It's all about recognizing the half-truths that Satan brings to us, and reclaiming who we are in Christ!

  3. This is a great post, very thought provoking. The devil definitely uses half truths in my life, and sometimes it's so hard to ignore it!

    1. So hard to ignore it-- for sure. And sometimes, so hard to sift out the lies from the truth!

  4. You've shared some important truths here, Ally. I'm so glad you linked up with us at Grace & Truth! I would like to feature this post at A Divine Encounter on Friday, but the rules require a featured post to link back to the blog of one of the hostesses. It's possible that I missed your link back - if that's the case, or if you'd like to add one in order to be featured, please let me know. Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! (I'm so terrible at remembering to add links... someday I will improve!)

  5. I love that title, Prince of Half-Truths. That is what satan does, causes us to question how we feel, how we respond/should have responded, reactions. Very good!

    1. Thanks, Tammy-- and thank you for stopping by! May God help you (and me!) to recognize those lies and lean on the truth!

  6. Hi Ally! I really appreciate what you've shared here. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth!