Why is it that the truth is SO hard for us to believe?
* Our husband or boyfriend tells us we look pretty today…. Well, he obviously doesn’t see my frizzy hair and bloated belly.
* A co worker tells us how much our help with a project meant to them and how valuable we are to the team… Clearly they’re just saying that to be nice.
* The bestie cancels dinner plans because she’s had a long week and simply needs a night at home… Obviously she is fed up with me and just trying to get out of hanging out with me.
Why are the negatives always the “truths” we buy into and the REAL THINGS the ones we shirk off in a hurry? If you’ve kept reading this far hoping for a magic bullet that will silence the lies and make the truth carry more weight, now might a good time to tell you that’s not exactly where this post is heading =) And while we may not have the magic earplugs needed to block out the lies…. He does. Our gentle and loving Father hasn’t left us without the tools and ability to wage a good fight against having to live our days on this planet believing lies.
The lies seems so real. They seem so truthful. We are SO drawn in by the lure of preferring to believe the more destructive thing about our ourselves that, before we know it, we are sitting cross legged at the feet of the enemy hanging on every toxic, malicious, FALSE word he utters. We have been swept away by the lies, offering our ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ to every disgusting falsehood he flings our way… We soak it in like a dry riverbed and, before long, it has soaked so deep into our very bones that we seem to have forgotten the truth…
What is the lie you are hearing uttered in the most quiet moments of your thoughts? What is the counter argument to every good thing God allows someone to speak to you or that He himself tells you? Pick yourself up on the floor and run like your life depends on it away from the destructive voice of the one who means you nothing but harm (John 10:10) and plant yourself firmly under the influence of a Father who is gentle and HONEST and TRUE.
The lie says I am afraid… The truth is that He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear but one of a sound mind and heart. (2 Timothy 1:7) The truth says that we can lie down and rest in peace for He allows us to dwell in safety (Ps. 4:8). The truth is the He will give His angels charge over us and not allow our feet to strike a stone (Ps.91:11). The truth is that He tells us to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:9).
The lie says I am completely overwhelmed and can’t possibly move forward… The truth is that His burden is light and His yoke is easy (Matt. 11:30). The truth is that we cast ALL of our cares on Him for He truly and deeply cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). The truth is that the Lord your God will fight for you (Ex. 14:14).
The lie is that you are a failure at everything you try to do, even – or especially – at the things you thought He called you to do… The truth is that the word of the Lord does not return void (Is. 55:11) . The truth is that He will complete a good work in you and whatever He starts in you he is faithful to complete it (Phil. 1:6).
The lie says that you are completely alone…The truth says that the Lord your God is with you where ever you go(Joshua 1:9). The truth is that He will never leave us nor forsake us(Deut. 31:6)
The lie says that you are used up and worthless... The truth says that the Lord makes ALL THINGS new (Rev. 21:5) The truth is that The King is enthralled at your beauty and loves you so fully that he hasn’t even let a hair on your head go unnoticed (Ps. 45:11, Luke 12:7). The truth is that your worth to Him is so great that He was willingly and eager to sacrifice His one and only son for your redemption. (John 3:16) The truth is that you were bought at a price.(1 Corin. 7:23).
The promises of our Father are too great and too vast and too all encompassing to list but they are the ideal weapon to use in our fight for mental, emotional, and spiritual freedom from the lies. What is the lie you need to speak truth to? I’ll go first…
Hi. I’m Kristi and the lie tells me that I am completely unworthy of the boundless grace and love He gives me… My wrongs and trespasses and sinful places are so gross He couldn’t possibly forgive them all much less want to and then, on top of that, allow me to be used in His work here on Earth. That’s the lie… The truth? I was bought at a price (1 Corin. 6:20) and no matter how many days I breathe on this planet I will never be able to out love a God who’s love is more vast than my human mind can imagine. (Eph. 3:18) The truth is that he delights in me (Ps. 149:4)…every messy, broken part of me….
Your turn. Don’t sit for another minute in the suffocating lies of the enemy and the world around us… Look Him in the face. What’s your truth?
In His Love,
Your Philanthropy Family
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free…”