Lies You Must Stop Believing ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

Have you ever known someone who is a liar?  For many of us to actually see one is simply to make a trip to the nearest mirror.  Now, if you want to get serious and listen to some of the world’s greatest liars there is a competition at the Bridge Inn in Holmrook, England every November.

However, Jesus tells us in John 8:44 that the greatest liar of all is satan.

“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.”

The problem with a lie is that if we believe it, our brain and body can react as if it were true. Our emotions can kick in, our heart rate can increase, pupils dilate, and we can even get goosebumps over something we think is true.

If there is one thing that I have learned in working with men struggling with sexual brokenness it is that many of them are believing lies. Maybe you yourself have believed lies or are even believing one right now.

This week I want to spend some time teaching you some of the lies our enemy uses against us and the biblical truth you need to believe to change your thoughts.  When we believe a lie, it can change the way we think and how we feel.  For example, let’s say that you were told as a child that you were a failure and would not amount to anything.  Growing up believing that lie could impact your entire life and become an excuse for you to not try to better yourself.

So, let’s start with that one.

Lie # 1 – You are a Loser

This is a lie near and dear to my heart.  I believed it because when I was growing up, compared to my two older and very successful brothers I was a hot mess.  I had allergies.  I had asthma.  I was near-sighted and had to wear glasses.  I developed Tourette’s in 4th grade and felt good if I managed to get C’s on my report card. I felt like my brothers had nothing wrong with them and I seemed to have everything wrong with me.

When we believe this lie it does things to us.  We begin to believe that we will never amount to much.  The best we can hope to achieve is average, but we are not sure if even average is actually within our reach.  So, we set the bar low or maybe do not try at all.  This can lead one to a life lived in regret because after all, we are a loser.

However, as I have grown in my knowledge of the Word and what God says about me I no longer believe that lie and have not for years.  Here are some of the passages that helped me to believe that I am not a loser.

Psalm 139:13-14;

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”

God made me physically exactly the way I am.  Did I grow up feeling I had some disadvantages? Yes, of course, I was a sneezing, wheezing, myopic boy who really had a hard time sitting still.  However, I was created by God.  He knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I just needed to realize that despite how I might have measured up to others.

2 Corinthians 5:17;

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

I have been made into a new creature or new creation.  The old me or my old nature has been removed from me.  Romans 6 tells us that he was crucified with Christ and is gone.  God has made a new me … a new nature lives inside this old body.  I have been given a new heart and a new mind and I now love my Father instead of fearing Him. Put simply … God has pimped my ride!

Romans 8:38-39;

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

My Father and I are inseparable.  God and I are tight!  He will never leave me or forsake me, and He promises me that in the end I will be perfected and in heaven with Him forever.

The same verses apply to you as well.  Satan wants us to believe that we are garbage, but God says that we are gold.  Who will you believe today?

 

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    Phil
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    Exactly what I needed to hear, thank you.

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    Harmon Heckathorn
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    John, I am 71 years old, a former youth pastor who had to leave ministry because of porn (magazines). I have been addicted to porn since my teenage year. Satan has lied to me that I am a loser and destined for hell. I really need to connect with one of your online recovery groups. Please send me the information on how to do this.

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