The Lies we Believe
In a world that has gone undone, it’s hard to find men or women who are not carrying some type of scars and wounds from different traumas that need healing. The evil one who God calls the father of all lies, would like for us to believe that we are never going to find peace or healing from our broken hearts. One of the devil's dirtiest games is to instill in God’s children all types of lies that will help him keep us in bondage.
These lies in many ways become chains that are dragging us down and preventing us from becoming who God created us to be. To be able to best overcome any type of affliction in our lives, we first have to identify the lies that we believe that are causing us to be stuck in a certain area we are working to overcome.
For many men and women who have gone through any type of deep trauma, adding an element of faith and spirituality into their healing process can have tremendous benefits as this will nourish their souls and aid in their recovery. By integrating the truth in scripture, hurting souls form a more complete picture of who God is, and of who we are in relation to him. This in turn, can help us develop a deeper appreciation for the importance of his involvement in our healing journey.
More than believing in our own ability to overcome these lies, you need to learn to trust that God will provide and empower you to accomplish his work in you and through you. God desires that all his beloved daughters and sons live in his freedom. The freedom that was bought for us through the shedding of the blood of his only son Jesus Christ.
Replacing the lies with God’s truth
These examples below can serve as a starting point for you to begin to identify those lies that most apply to you and replace them with God’s truth, in order to assist you in overcoming your afflictions in your own life, and begin to live your freedom through Christ.
Lie: I am alone, no one cares how I feel. I will be hurt again if I open up and show others my pain.
Freedom Fact: I am NOT alone. God cares for me and he will never abandon me. No amount of pain will ever compare to the love and mercy he desires to bestow upon me.
God’s Truth: “It is the Lord himself who goes before you, he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
__________________________________________________________________ Lie: I am damaged goods and too far gone to be saved or healed.
Freedom Fact: God regathers the scattered. He heals the broken and if I choose to surrender, he will give me the strength that I need to overcome any obstacle.
God’s Truth: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Lie: God doesn’t love me, otherwise he would have protected me from everything bad that’s happened in my life.
Freedom Fact: God loves me always. I choose to believe that I am his most beloved daughter.
God’s Truth: “ But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Lie: My life has always been filled with pain and turmoil. I just need to get used to it.
Freedom Fact: Just because I don’t see a way out of my current situation doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a way. No matter the depths of my pain or brokenness, God meets me where I am. He will restore any time lost by my choices or the choice of others.
God’s Truth “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirit is crushed. Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 35:19-20
Prayer to help you identify the lies and replace them with God’s truth:
Dear Lord, give me the grace today to begin the hard, internal work you desire for me. Remove all anxieties and fear and replace them with a bigger trust in you. Bring to light anything that is still residing in the dark. Amen
For the next seven days reflect on these scriptural affirmations as a way to help you increase your trust in the Lord. He is the only one who can nourish your soul with His truth, love, and mercy.
Day 1 - God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love and sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Day 2 - The Lord has given me power and authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt me. Luke 10:19
Day 3 - I am a new creation in Christ, Old things have passed away and all things are new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Day 4 - Lord, I chose to dedicate my body to You as a living sacrifice, and I will not conform to this world but will be transformed and renewed of mind. Romans 12:1-2
Day 5 - God is my refuge and my strength, my help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
Day 6 - Because I choose to submit myself to God, I resist the devil and he flees from me. James 4:7
Day 7 - Lord I thank You that when I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive my sins. Your mercy is an everlasting mercy. 1 John 1:9