I’m going to share something with you that I don’t really like to admit. I need to admit it, though, because I want to face it head on and completely stop doing this from now on. By speaking the thing aloud, I’ll be held more accountable. Hold me accountable, OK?
Here it is… I sometimes find it easier to believe lies from the enemy than God’s Truth.
I know a lot of people who struggle with this too, and I know how I counsel them. Yet, I’m terrible at taking my own advice – which is why it’s so difficult to admit that I do this.
There are a few reasons I have a difficult time admitting this. For one, I feel like it makes me a weak Christian. I also don’t particularly enjoy acknowledging faults or weaknesses (hello, Ego). Most importantly though, when I believe the enemy over God… wow… just… wow. That really speaks for itself.
“Get Out of Your Head” is a fantastic book by Jennie Allen. In it, she addresses how to redirect the toxic thoughts we tend to have. I really needed to read this, because frankly, I just make it way too easy for the enemy to have a field day with my mind and mess up the good that God is trying to do through me.
Let me give you a little peek into my crazy brain and a handful of the lies I can easily believe. You’ll see why it’s so important that I take these lies captive and cover them with Truth. Don’t judge too harshly…
- Depending on the situation, I can feel terribly insecure – even when I know that I’m fully capable of doing whatever it is. This insecurity causes me to doubt my contribution, and I edit myself out.
- If I’m not sure about what someone thinks of me (or will think of me) or if I’m unsure of how they will react to something, I can develop a whole story in my head of how it will play out for the worse – and it never really happened!! As a result, sometimes I just avoid the thing – or person – altogether.
- It’s easy for me to think that everyone is better at everything than I am. If everyone else is so good at everything, then I’m irrelevant. I have nothing to offer.
See what I mean? It’s crazy brain! Lies, floating around in there, taking up space where Truth should reside instead.
Can you relate? Maybe your lies are different, but I bet if you take a minute to think about it, you can identify a few.
It’s time I take these lies captive – and start following my own counsel.
Here’s what God’s Word says specifically against the 3 lies I just mentioned.
- God’s Word says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and that the Lord goes before me. He’ll be with me and never forsake me (Deuteronomy 31:8). Knowing this, there is no need to doubt my security, my abilities, or who God created me to be. It reminds me of the t-shirt that says “How cool is it that the same God who created mountains, oceans, and galaxies, thought the world needed one of you too?”
- God’s Word teaches that it’s dangerous to focus on what others think of you – trust the Lord (Proverbs 29:25). It also reminds me to present myself to God as a worker who has no need to be ashamed, who rightly handles the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). With these truths in mind, there is absolutely no reason for me to fear the thoughts or opinions of others. Just do what God is prompting me to do.
- God’s Word reminds me that He has a plan and that it is His best for me (Jeremiah 29:11). It also teaches that God has given each of us a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:10). It’s not a question of if we have a gift. We do! And we should use them in harmony for His glory. If His plan for me involved giving me the gift of ___, then I need to develop that gift and use it to serve others.
Think about what all believing lies keeps me from experiencing in Christ! Missed opportunities. Missed relationships. Chances to see just how incredibly awesome God really is. All because I made a choice to believe someone else over God.
There’s a really big aha here for me. When I believe the lies, I’m focused on what I think about me. I need to put that energy into focusing on what God thinks about me. He sees me more perfectly and completely than anyone. The opinion I have of myself is skewed. It’s highly subjective. It’s based on non-factual information. A true assessment of me can only come through God’s Word – and through his lens of love and grace.
I’m done missing out. I’m done being a pawn the enemy uses to slow down the inevitable. I know who wins in the the end, and the lies are his desperate attempt to prolong his defeat. I’m not helping him prolong it.
A lesson on Truth is just what I needed today.
What lie do you tend to believe, and what does God’s Word say to combat that lie? Go ahead and Google it – you’ll find so many verses that speak Truth against whatever it is holding you down.