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4 Things Truth Journaling Will Do For You
1. Truth Journaling will help you take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5) stopping any thoughts, dead in their tracks, that come into our mind which are contrary to:
God’s will for our thought life (Phil. 4:8)
2. Truth Journaling will transform you by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) as you set your mind on the truth of God’s Word.
3. Truth Journaling will make it clear which feelings are not based on the truth of Scripture so you are not deceived and believing something contrary to the Bible.
4. Truth Journaling will enable you to build an arsenal of Bible verses to counter any thoughts that are contrary to Scripture, and turn your thoughts back to what is true.
How To Truth Journal
1. Freely write out what’s weighing on your heart and mind
2. Number each sentence.
3. Now starting at the first sentence, one by one, hold each sentence you journaled up to the truth of God’s Word and determine what is really true based on Scripture.
4. Under each sentence, correct any wrong thinking and pair your statement with a correlating Bible verse. If your statement does line up with the truth of God’s Word, write under it a correlating Bible verse testifying to that truth.
"Ugh! I am not looking forward to today. I have so much to do, I’ll never get it all done! I feel so overwhelmed, I don’t even know where to start. I need a miracle!"
1. Ugh! I am not looking forward to today.
Truth: Though today is going to be a very busy day, this is the day that the Lord has made I shall rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24) God will surely help me. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10
2. I have so much to do; I’ll never get it all done!
Truth: I do have a lot to do, but as I am faithful to commit my work to the Lord and seek His help, He will be faithful to help me do the impossible. With me it’s impossible, but with God, all things are possible. (Mathew 19:26) Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
3 I feel so overwhelmed. I don’t even know where to start.
Truth: I feel overwhelmed because my eyes are focused on the problems before me, rather than on the promises, faithfulness, and character of my God. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. (Psalm 28:7) If I ask God for wisdom, He will surely show me the best way to order my day. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
4 I need a miracle!
Truth: God is the God of miracles and nothing is too hard for Him! As I seek Him, I will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34: 10). He will be faithful to supply whatever I need, as I need it. “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)
Truth Journaling When Your Short On Time
If I’m struggling with something and want to truth journal, but am short on time, I can simply use the list method. For instance, if I’m trying to discipline myself to eat healthier, and I’m feeling discouraged that it’s such a challenge, to quickly truth journal with the list method, I simply begin by asking myself, “Why am I finding it such a challenge to eat right?” Then I simply list why I believe I’m struggling to make good food choices. For instance:
1. It’s hard to say no to my favorite foods, because they are so tempting!
2. Eating healthy will mean I will miss out on my favorite foods—especially during the holidays.
3. I’ll have to adopt a new way of eating, which will take time and commitment, and my life is already busy enough as it is.
4. It will take a very long time before I’d ever see any results.
5. I will have to learn a lot of low-fat cooking methods and recipes to become skilled at making yummy low-fat meals.
List the truth based on correlating Scripture
1. It’s hard, but not impossible! “No temptation has overtaken [me] except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow [me] to be tempted beyond what [I am] able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that [I]may be able to bear it “ (1 Cor. 10:13)
2. Yes I may miss out on some unhealthy favorites, but just because I can eat them doesn’t make them beneficial to me. "Everything is permissible for me"--but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is permissible for me"--but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Cor. 6:12)
4. It will take a while before I see results, but it will inevitably come if I stick with it and don’t give up. I can do this through Christ (Phil. 4:13) because “His divine power has given [me] all things that pertain to life and godliness.” (2 Peter 1:3) In Christ, I am fully equipped to run the race with endurance and reach the finish line. God is calling me to endure. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
5. It may be a challenge, to learn low-fat ways of preparing foods and building a collection of tasty low-fat meals, but it is not impossible. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13) If ever I lack wisdom in preparing low-fat meals, I can ask God and He will be faithful to provide the information I need. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
Whatever I may need to adopt a healthy eating lifestyle, the Lord will abundantly provide. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)
Questions for you: What do you think about truth journaling? Have you done it before?
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