I Swear to Tell the Truth

Posted on May 8, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call

As I look into the book that witnesses are sworn in on I read Philippians 4:8 “Finally brethren, whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are noble. Whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things.” For today let’s think about what is true.

If you are like me you tend to do a lot of thinking. My specialty is “stinkin’ thinkin'”. My friend, Mary Ann, has had to bring this to my attention. It’s almost embarrassing how often she has to point out to me that I am “projecting into the future things that haven’t even happened yet.”

One of my favorite authors, Alicia Britt Chole tells of her “not yet truths” in this way: Her husband was late getting home at 12:00. She thought that was interesting. At 12:05, she thought “Hhhhmmm”, at 12:10, she thought ” I wonder if something happened?’, at 12:15 “What IF something happened?, at 12:20,”Something DID happen and it was BAD!”, by 12:25 her husband had been hit by a bus, by 12:30 he was lying in the road in a pool of blood, by 12:45 the police were at the door telling her that her husband had died, at 1:00 she was weeping and planning a funeral. At 1:05 she greeted her husband at the door exclaiming “You’re alive! You’re alive!” He had been delayed in traffic but she spent much time and energy on what wasn’t even true.

This is not just a vivid imagination gone amuck… This is thinking on things that are not even true. Don’t you and I have enough reality without making it up too? “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34 In your situation separate what is true from what is false. Try not to speculate, project, or write the story in your mind but think on what is true.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.

Think About This: “Because of Jesus, we have hope. And because of hope, even in the midst of the worst storms of this life, we have an anchor for our souls.” ― Levi Lusko

The Daily Bible Reading: Job 30-34| You can download our 2020 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” –Matthew 5:43-44

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.

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