In the last post we discussed trauma wounds and how they effect your ability to be okay with you. In this post, I want to discuss lies. Your enemy has a knack for lies. He’s very good at spinning a tale that’s so believable you might think it’s Bible truth. Here’s the good news: Scripture says that you can know the truth and the truth will set you free!
Recognizing the lie can be a bit tricky, because the devil loves to wrap the lie in a truth. The thing is, the truth he uses is never God’s truth but your truth. You see, often, your truth is very different from God’s truth. Your truth is based on what your five senses experience, so when you see that there’s no money in the bank account and the bills aren’t being paid despite your working 60 hours week your truth is that you’re broke, busted, and disgusted. Your truth is based on what you’re experiencing in the natural, but God’s truth is based on His nature and what He’s doing in the spiritual.
The devil will take your truth and wrap it around the lie. He might even throw in a little scripture just to make it more believable. So in the above situation, you see broke, busted, and disgusted and the devil tells you that you’re a loser and a failure, that you’ll never amount to anything. He might even use some biblical truth about how a little folding of the hands makes a man poor, and since you come home and collapse on the couch, zoning out to the television, this must also apply to you and must be the reason you can’t get ahead. Oh, if you would just work a little harder, do a little more, maybe you’d get ahead, but in the end you’re just a loser and a failure.
Perhaps you grew up in an abusive home and you believe that you aren’t good for anything except being a punching bag and sex toy. This is the truth under which you live, because this is what your five senses experience. The devil takes this false truth and wraps it around the lie that you are worthless, that you are a horrible person, and that you deserve everything you’re suffering. Oh, and for a little extra jab, he may even tell you that no one – not even God – cares whether you live or die. Is any of this sounding familiar?
I could give a hundred examples of how your truth is based on your senses. God’s truth, however, isn’t based on what you experience but on what He has and is doing. In the first situation, God’s truth is that the provision is already on the way. He may also see the resentment, doubt, and unforgiveness you’re holding that’s keeping His provision from flowing. In the second situation, God’t truth is that He loves you more than you understand, that it wasn’t His will for you to experience the abuse, that He cannot go against the choices others make, and that you CAN be free.
God’s truth is vastly different than ours, because He sees from His perspective, through His own eyes, with an understanding of what is taking place in the unseen. To break the lies, you must look at God’s truth in each situation. It can be a hard thing to do, because most of us, for most of our lives, have been taught to look at what we can sense with our natural selves as being truth and reality. We have to completely retrain ourselves to look beyond the natural.
So, let me help you here. Science has proven that the world in which you live is made up of both seen and unseen. Science has proven that the average human only uses about 5% of their total brain capacity. Science has also proven that the other 95% becomes active during spiritual activity. Essentially, 95% of everything you experience is unseen, spiritual stuff. Science has also proven that there are as many as 10 dimensions, the majority of which are unseen by the average human senses. If science has recognized that the unseen has more reality than the seen, isn’t it time to discover what’s in the unseen that’s effecting you?
Okay, so with all the sciency stuff out of the way, let’s get back to these lies. The scriptures call the devil the father of lies. The only time he isn’t lying is… well, he’s always lying, even when he’s not speaking, so there’s never a time when he isn’t. He is very good at making his lies seem like truth, though.
One of the biggest and most successful lies he ever told me was that God visits the sins of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation, and because of this, all the abuse I suffered as a very young child was because God was mad at my parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents. Do you see how he spun the tale? He took the abuse I had suffered and the questions I had about why I went through all that, and he wrapped it in a little truth backed by scripture. My truth was that God was cruel and would punish a young child for something she didn’t even do. God’s truth was that the curse was revoked before the cross and demolished at the cross, that not is He not mad at anyone but He loves me very much.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, that’s all well and good, but how do I identify the lie? I’m so glad you asked! Identifying the lie requires you being willing to look at the possibility that what you believe really is a lie. Look at what you believe and compare it with what God says in scripture. If ANY part of what you believe doesn’t line up with scripture, then it’s a lie. You can often see the lie doing this comparison. As you identify lies, you can break them using the steps below.
Sometimes, lies aren’t so easy to identify; they just aren’t obvious. You can ask Holy Spirit to help you identify the lies you can’t see or don’t know exist, and He will show them to you. Here are some steps you can take to identify and break the lies in your life:
- Ask the Lord to reveal the lie. You may hear a phrase, see a quick memory or image, or get just an impression. When you understand what the lie is, write it down.
- Ask the Lord what HIS truth is concerning that lie. He will tell you what HE sees, and it’s often vastly different and completely opposite of the lie. Write it down.
- Repent for believing the lie. Believing the lie creates a legal right for the devil to keep you under the lie. Repenting removes his right to mess with you.
- Renounce the lie. Doing this means you are saying that you choose to no longer believe the lie.
- Take the thought captive unto the obedience of Jesus Christ. This is the scriptural way to handle lofty and wrong thoughts, and a lie is both.
- Declare and receive God’s truth. By saying it out loud, you are causing your natural self to hear the words, which causes them to affect your heart. Remember, too, it isn’t enough to hear the words; you must also believe them.
So for those who need a little script, here you go:
Lord, I repent for believing the lie that (insert lie here exactly as you wrote it). I renounce this lie and take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ Jesus. I pull down ever lofty thing associated with it that has exalted itself against the Kingdom of God. I declare and receive the truth of the word of God, which says that (insert truth here as God gave it to you) in the name of Jesus.
Short and simple. If you’ll take 15 minutes each day to ask the Lord about the lies in your life, you will begin to walk in more freedom. You will begin to see yourself differently, and it won’t be long before being okay with you seems like the normal and natural thing to do.
It’s time for you to be okay with the beautiful masterpiece that is you. It’s time for you to stand up and see yourself through God’s eyes, and breaking the lies that have kept you bound will help you begin to step into that place.
You are beautiful! You are amazing! There’s no one God loves more than you! He thinks you’re the cat’s meow! It’s time you see yourself as He sees you!
If you need or want help walking through forgiveness issues or lies, we can help. Destiny Ministry was created for just this purpose. It’s free; your freedom was already paid for by Jesus. We pray with you and for you as we help you walk with Holy Spirit to overcome those difficult places so that you can attain the freedom that is rightfully yours. Check out the Destiny Ministry page for more info.