“I’m not thin enough.”
“I’ll never succeed in this.”
“I have to make sure everyone is happy with me.”
“I am a terrible mother.”
Lies. Everyone who walks this earth is plagued by them. Whether we realize it or not, the lies are there, constantly knocking at the door of our minds and waiting to see if we will let them in. Often, we listen and open the door unconsciously. God has set me off on a journey of becoming aware of lies I have believed in my life, and how those lies have snowballed into belief systems that have helped shape who I am and how I behave.
This, I believe, is one of Satan’s primary tactics for disabling God’s children. If he can get us to believe things that aren’t true about God, ourselves, and other people, he can begin to control the rudder of our lives through those lies. Here is the verse I’ve been chewing on concerning him:
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Satan’s native language is lies! Just as I don’t have to think about speaking English, he doesn’t have to think about speaking lies. There is no truth in him.
Truth is a person.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. John 14:6
Jesus. And He has given us help as we seek Him, the truth.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13
So when those lies begin knocking, we must train ourselves to ask the Holy Spirit to help us see truth – to help us see Jesus. Then we can learn to capture those thoughts, dilute and destroy them with truth, and then tear down the strongholds that our enemy has built in our lives.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:32, 36
When we are free and living in truth, our perspectives will begin to change along with our actions and responses.
What about you? Can you see areas in your life where you have believed lies? Join me in asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the areas we need to bring to the light of the truth. The light of Jesus!
Live free. Live loved.