“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
One of the greatest battles we must fight in our journey to spiritual breakthrough is the fight within us – the fight for truth. In order for God to really have his way in our lives, we must be brutally honest. Just “pull back the sheets” and deal with what we don’t care to see. Extreme truth is committing to deal with our personal carnal nature and getting the deliverance that is needed. This is vital for spiritual breakthrough!
The uncomfortable truth of the matter is – we lie. We lie not only with our lips – but with our lives. Most of the time what we say we are and what we have projected and promoted ourselves to be is not totally factual. We spend a lot of our energy portraying an image outwardly – while carefully concealing the “real” us inwardly. But it is time for a change – and extreme truth will get you there! As I look throughout the chronology of my personal life, I realize that it was only when I dealt with extreme truth that I received breakthrough and entered into new levels in my life. Several years ago my wife asked me, “So what have you actually changed in your life?” I must admit, I was a little embarrassed because – although I had made a lot of “adjustments” – not a whole lot of transformation had occurred. I made up my mind that day to trust God to bring forth authentic change in my life!
Now, if you want a change – you must make a change. If you want to be different – you must do something different. For God to get you to this new life that you desire and into a new season, you must invite the Lord Jesus into your struggle. It’s an invitation not just into your heart – but into your entire life. Listen to the vernacular of the words of Jesus:
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
When the scripture declares that we should “know the truth” – it is really saying that we should be “intimate” with the details of the truth. This is not referencing learning the scripture by memory, but actually applying the Word of God to every aspect of our lives – really inviting God in.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
As you invite God in with extreme truth – let Him have entrance to all areas of your life. Let Him into the “forbidden” places of tendencies, mannerisms, mindsets and addictions. Give God full access to your real internal challenges of integrity, lust, homosexuality, pornography, stinginess, stealing, stubbornness, insecurity, loneliness or whatever they may be. For spiritual breakthrough to be accomplished, these areas must be “presented” to Jesus. If you reveal it, God can heal it – if you can expose it, God can close it! The most important thing is to be honest with God. He knows our issues already – He just wants us to be honest concerning them. The psalmist says that God “…desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part He shalt make us to know wisdom. (Psalm 51:6)
An excerpt from, “The Spiritual Breakthrough Principle” by Lyle Dukes, pgs. 37 – 40