Don't Believe The Lies
Recently I was sitting in traffic hearing a podcast by a well-known pastor. He made a comment about something we SHOULD be doing as Christians. I felt proud of myself for a second because I thought to myself, “Hey! I’m doing that, that’s me! Maybe God is proud of me.” Almost immediately came this other voice, “There’s no way that’s you. You’re so conceited. You’re probably hearing that because it’s something else you need to work on.”
I took a moment, paused and realized something. The latter voice - that was the voice of the enemy. Ok don’t freak out, just hear me out. The enemy has caused some things to happen in our lives: Times where we have felt rejected, or times we have felt like we are not enough. We may have been betrayed by a loved one, lied on, or some other situation that caused a thinking pattern in your mind. John 10:10 says the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy everything God has for us.
I'm glad in that moment I realized that I was operating in a faulty thinking pattern. It's crazy that at one point I believed God was patting me on the back and showing me the work He has been doing in me and how far I’ve come. But then the next point the enemy was in my ear planting whatever lies he could so that I would not receive the affirmation from God.
If the enemy can continuously make us think there is nothing good in us, that we are jacked up and always wrong ... If he is able to create this false guilt or constant shame in us, even when we meet people who accept us, love us, and approve of us, he knows we will end up rejecting them.
Have you ever met a girl who is beautiful, inside and out? Nice guys may try to talk to her but she always has a but. "He’s cute, but." "He’s nice, but." "He’s really hardworking, but."
Instead, she ends up falling for the guy guy who promises her the world through his mouth, but treats her like dirt through his actions. She ends up getting with the player. The guy that makes her feel like less than.
Why? Because her faulty thinking makes her agree with the poor way she is being treated.
Something inside her says, "I have to work to be liked. No one will like me just the way I am. I’m supposed to be rejected this way. I’m supposed to have to work for him, have sex with him, for him to commit to me, for him to love me."
While I am using this situation as an example, I am certain it is true with many more women. We get to a point where we hear lies about ourselves so much that not only do we accept them, but our actions begin to mimic them.
Now, let me remind you the truth about you:
You don’t have to feel guilty anymore because 1 John 1:9 says: God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, He forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong.
You don’t have to feel worthless anymore because 1 Corinthians 6:20 says you were bought with a price, therefore honor God with your bodies.
You don’t have to be afraid of your future because of past mistakes because Romans 8:28 says, we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
These are just some truths for you. The truth is that you are LOVED. That Jesus died for YOU. Just the way you are. You are completely accepted in the Father. He has a GOOD plan for your life.
Romans 12:2 says, do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed be 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.
This world says, keep striving ... buy this, wear that. Compromise. Don’t be who you are, who you are is not good enough.
Girl. It is a LIE. Take the word of God, read it out loud. If you don’t know the exact scriptures, GOOGLE it (I mean come on, we Google everything else). Renew your mind with the truth of God’s word. Come into agreement with who God says you are so that you can break the vicious cycle of agreeing with what the world or enemy try to throw at you everyday.
Remember sweet girl, you are worthy of the crown you have been given.