Truth vs. Lies

Apr 12, 2021

The devil has never told you one truth, and God has never told you one lie.


Read that again.


The devil has never told you one truth, and God has never told you one lie.


We believe SO many lies the enemy tells us, but do we even notice it half of the time? Probably not. We need to become more aware of the lies we are telling ourselves, and focusing on speaking the truth and God's promises over ourselves. 


It's easy for us to think that maybe we were just "born" this way or that's just our "personality", but sometimes that is not the case. We just use that as an excuse to continue to live in the lies and sometimes sin in our lives. 


We have to consciously shift our thoughts from continuing to believe the lies that we have thought to be true for so long. We have to make the decision to seek truth and believe what God says about us.


I'm going to share some lies that I can easily find myself believing. I hope that through sharing these, it can help to bring to light some of the thoughts you are believing about yourself that just aren't true. I will also share truth from God's Word and what He says against these lies. 



Lie #1: You can't come to God when you haven't been spending consistent time with Him recently


This is a lie I have been struggling with a lot recently to be completely honest. The enemy has been putting this thought in my head over and over again. I feel like I can't go to God or spend time with Him because I haven't been doing "good enough" or  I'm not "perfect enough." 


I haven't been as consistent in my quiet time and seeking the Lord as I have been before. I feel like instead of just pushing through and trying to get back into the routine, I continue to pull away because I'm so disappointed in myself and feel guilty. 


God isn't concerned about how many days in a row you've done your quiet time. He is concerned with having a relationship with you. He already took all of our sin and shame and nailed it to the cross.


I'm encouraged during these times to remind myself of this verse. Hebrews 4:16, "Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."


God tells us to come to His throne of grace with confidence. We can come to Him with confidence and receive mercy and grace in our times of need. God is waiting with open arms. He doesn't discriminate or judge. He's not a God that pushes His children away when they come to Him. He invites us into a relationship every day with Him.


The goal is not to check off spending time with God every day, but to grow in our relationship with Jesus as we continue to seek Him in everything we do.



Lie #2: Anxiety is just a part of my personality


I was always an anxious and fearful child. It just became a part of my personality that I had accepted. I thought there was nothing I could do to make it go away.


I then began to realize that not everyone struggles with anxiety the way I do. Yes, a lot of people struggle with anxiety, I get that for sure. I just didn't realize that not everyone was as anxious and paranoid as I am.


I want to get this out there:

"Anxiety is not a sin; it is an emotion. So we shouldn't be anxious about feeling anxious. Anxiety can, however, lead to sinful behavior (Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado)."


"The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one (Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado)."


Anxiety is not a part of my personality, the enemy made me believe that's just how I am and there is nothing I can do to fix that. False. There are steps I can take to try and become a less fearful person. I can rest in my Creator.


Philippians 4:4-8:

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."


We can fight anxiety by rejoicing in the Lord's sovereignty, being thankful, and focusing on things that are praiseworthy. 



Lie #3: We have to live up to the world's standards in order to "fit in"


This is kind of an ironic one because it's actually true. We do have to live up to the world's standards if we are trying to fit into the mold the world wants us to fit into. But, that shouldn't be our goal. As Christians, we are called to live set apart.


Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."


Colossians 3:1, "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."


Challenge: I encourage you today, to think of at least 3 lies you have been telling yourself that you haven't even realized are a part of your everyday thoughts. Write those three lies down, and then find Scripture that combats those lies and speak truth to yourself.


Let's not live our lives chained up to the lies the enemy has schemingly placed in our heads. We are more than conquerors, children of God, and His beautiful creation. Believe that today.


I highly recommend that you read the book I mentioned earlier, just click this link here and it will take you to Amazon if you would like to purchase it:

Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado


- Kayla 

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