I finished this book about a month ago but it has taken me a while to really be able to unpack and deeply understand the lessons I learned while reading Adamant. “Finding truth in a universe of opinions.” How accurate is that? We live in a world where everyone is one word away from offense and deception looks more like reality. We face lies every day, whether they are about ourselves or worldly things, and it is often difficult to hear God’s voice. Lisa Bevere helped unpack some deep truth in a world screaming the opposite and I wanted to share some of that wisdom with you today. It’s about to get real, y’all.
I decided to take three different lies I often struggle with that I found clarity in while reading this book. Lisa touches on a wide variety of topics within the book and I am just sharing a small glimpse of them.
LIE #1: “I will never be able to do what God has asked of me.”
We have read the verses that build our confidence a million times. In fact, you can find them almost everywhere throughout this blog. There is nothing wrong with these verses. They provide a look into God’s comforting heart and give us a sense of confidence. When it comes to those real, raw, scary things God wants us to do, we often see those verses as clichés rather than the heart-gripping statements they are. When we step up to the plate or imagine, truly imagine, what God has in store, we are often humbled and scared. But we are way more than just what we see or know on a surface level. We are not our body or talents. We are a soul won over by Jesus.
Whatever lie that has kept you from understanding you are far beyond your looks, positions, or talents has been refuted by Heavenly truth. Deuteronomy 32:10-11 says, “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions.” This is a metaphor for the way God cares over us. This is such a precious way to understand and grasp how careful, tending, and loving He is. He is our provider. Whatever we think we don’t have, God has already provided. He has equipped us for what’s next and He gives us everything we need.
LIE #2: “I know God forgives mistakes, but I can’t ever forgive myself.”
We all have done things that we deem “unforgivable.” Maybe you fully grasp how forgiving God is, just like it says in 1 John 1:9 (“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”). Maybe your problem is earthly forgiveness. How can I let go of this? How can they let go of this? How could I have done something so terrible? Or maybe you continue to walk in a path of sin, unforgiveness, and anger. Here is the best advice Lisa gave in Adamant: “Own your mistakes because when you own them, they no longer owe you.”
Whatever you have done, whatever you are doing… do not run from it. Own those things that are breaking you down. If you can’t let go of your mistakes how do you expect sin to ever let go of you? You have never been tempted beyond what your neighbor or even Jesus was! 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” You are forgiven so forgive yourself. God will restore. He did not tempt you beyond what you could handle and tomorrow is always a new day. Shake off the ashes of yesterday because you are renewed.
LIE #3: “I have to hide my beliefs so people won’t get offended.”
I know that nearly every person with slightly opposing views to popular culture has felt this way. I am not here to talk about politics or social issues. I am simply here to tell you that God has not asked us to be afraid to share His heart. I am often asked my views on gay rights, sex/living together before marriage, abortion, etc. I used to freak out when my friends would ask me these questions because I wasn’t even sure of the truth or what even to answer. After many conversations with leaders in my church, older (and wiser) family members, and God (via the Bible and this book), I am no longer afraid or ashamed and I will tell you why:
“God hates what unmakes love and hates what corrupts/unmakes us. Everything that God hates is about protecting what He loves. You can’t love everything. Love what God loves, hate what God hates.” This is straight out of Adamant and the best way I know how to simply say: “I believe God wants to shield us from the hate and trials we don’t need to face.”
Proverbs 6:16-19 says:
“There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to Him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.”
God hates hypocrisy and criticism. He hates lies that debase His people. He hates pride. He hates the killing of the innocent. He hates intentional discord (drama, gossip, rumors). Don’t take political stands. Take Godly ones. Share the Word but share love, not hate. Do not cause discord but do not lie or water down your faith. God is love. He hates evil, not people. Hating what God hates does not give you the right to hate the people God loves. Hate the sin but never the sinner.
Here is some more quality advice from Lisa: “Pray on it, but don’t get involved in it. Don’t let them bring you in the mud.” Let’s not scream hatred or fall into the trap of debate. Christians have spent thousands of years chasing people away from the steps of the church because they have confused sin with the ones committing it. God welcomes all and so should we. Never run away from the truth. Never give up your faith. But never, ever, let a broken person walk away without feeling God’s love.
This is by far my favorite book I have read this year. It is currently on sale for only $11.16 (despite what the little price says below) and you can get it by clicking the ad below (I promise, it’s safe). I pray that it stirs up some Heavenly truth in you like it did with me.