Are you believing a lie?
I recently finished Pete Wilson’s book Empty Promises this week and I must admit I was quite surprised. I anticipated it to be a good read, but to be honest I didn’t really think I was struggling with believing “empty promises”. I thought I was reading it more as a resource for others and to review a good book.
But just when we think something isn’t for us, that’s likely the time it’s most needed. At least that’s what I found out.
The premise of the book is about the things we look to for satisfaction in place of God- in essence, idolatry. Pete defines idolatry as, “when I look to something that does not have God’s power to give me what only God has the power and authority to give”.
Even as I read that definition I couldn’t think of many things I look at to give me what I know God does. But as he started applying this to different areas of life (achievement, approval, power, money, religion, beauty, and dreams), I realized how easy it is to put our hope in things that have NO power. No wonder life often feels helpless and hopeless.
There were truths in every single one of these areas I could apply to my life today. From my self-worth to my dependence on money to how I judge my own accomplishments, I could see how I’ve believed many lies of the enemy without even realizing it.
One of the biggest takeaways for me was the chapter in which he discussed achievement. He talked about having “position-based identity”.
“…our identity is not totally wrapped up in what we accomplish.”
“Positional-based identity doesn’t come from your performance or from anyone else’s evaluation of your performance. Rather, positional-based identity comes from how you feel about your position in Christ.”
What I loved most was how Pete concluded the book. I think you should read it for yourself so I don’t want to disclose too much of the book, but I’ll share a quote he used from C.S. Lewis (one of my favorite authors).
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
Heaven looks a whole lot sweeter now too.
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