We live in a world dominated by comparison. We get on social media and were inundated with people’s highlight reels — while it’s wonderful at times, not everyone is always smiling, laughing and enjoying life. It’s in those moments that we start believing the lies that are being whispered to us:
I am not a good mom.
I am not successful.
My husband doesn’t love me.
I am a terrible friend.
I am a failure.
I am ugly.
I am invisible.
I am not enough.
We hear lies like those and more every single day. When we hear them so much that at times we begin to believe them.
These lies are whispered to us from Satan. But how do we get sucked in to these obvious lies? Here’s the deal, the Enemy is sneaky, he thrives on our insecurities, and he uses that tiny bit out doubt in our minds to snowball into lies that can destroy us. The Enemy takes the truths and the promises God has given us and makes us question what we know. He twists what we know is true to cause damage in our lives.
Satan works the same in Biblical times as he does now. We know who God is, we trust in His plans for our lives, we know He is good. But then something happens, and we begin to question: can I do all things through Christ? Is God the same yesterday, today and forever? Does He actually love me? Satan takes those promises from God and twists them all around. When we hear that doubt in our thoughts, we need to recognize where it comes from, and denounce it.
In order to reject the lies we have in our lives we may have to do some work. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth and told them that we don’t fight a war like the ones of this world. We fight a war where we have the power through God to tear down strongholds in our lives (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). These strongholds are thought patterns or habitual sins that we have in our lives. Thoughts that we aren’t good enough, that no one loves us, that we can’t do anything right. They become a perception of our reality.
Here is where we have hope. The Holy Spirit can destroy these strongholds. The Spirit works in our lives, even on the worst of our days, to start pointing us to the truth instead of the lies that we have been believing. His power is greater than anything we have inside of ourselves. It starts with us declaring something a lie and rejecting it altogether.
Once we can reject the lies we must replace them with truth. These truths are from God, and directly from the Bible. God’s word is absolute and true.
Remember you ARE enough. You were made exactly for what you are and where you are.
Today, speak these truths when these lies sneak in to your life:
“I am weak.”
When I place my hope in the Lord he will renew my strength (Isaiah 40:31).
“I am a failure.”
Through all my troubles I have complete victory through God who has shown his love for me (Romans 8:37).
“I’m not important.”
The Lord who is my God has chosen me to be his treasured possession (Deuteronomy 7:6).
“I am alone.”
God is always with me. He will never leave me (Joshua 1:7).
“I am not enough.”
God’s grace is sufficient for me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“Everything is hopeless.”
God works together for the good of those that love him (Romans 8:28).
“I am not loved”
God so loved me that he gave his one and only son to die for me, so that I can have eternal life with him (John 3:16).
God, be with us today as we speak your truth into the lies of our lives. Help us to feel and know they are the truth. Help us to completely reject and silence the lies that have been plaguing us for a long time. We pray all these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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