Our world is based on a broken concept of God, ourselves and others. It’s a system that is driven by fear, comparison, and selfishness. Before coming to Christ, we lived under the weight and impact of this broken world, but our new life in Christ is designed to free us from our former way of life.
Unfortunately, we tend to carry the lies that defined us in our old life into our new life and allow them to continue to have an effect on us. We live defined and limited by the things others have spoken over us or done to us, rather than by the truth of who Christ says we are.
These lies stick with us, no matter how hard we try to outrun them, outshine them or shake them. They rattle around in the back of our minds reminding us that we are never enough.
Not smart enough.
Not pretty enough.
Not skinny enough.
Not tough enough.
Not talented enough.
The list goes on and on.
And the longer we listen to the lies, the harder it is to embrace the truth. Lies will limit our lives and keep us from trying new things, building strong relationships or taking advantage of opportunities to stretch and grow. All because of a few little words that walked into our minds were allowed to drop into our hearts.
What we believe will determine how we live… so what we believe about God and about ourselves is critically important.
John 8:44 NLT
He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
The enemy is a liar and everything about his kingdom is based on lies. He’s probably been throwing lies at you for a very long time, so long that they may be hard to recognize. Hard, yet not impossible.
In God’s Kingdom, we are confronted with truth. As we learn what it means to be defined by Christ, we unravel the lies that have been hanging over us and begin to live in the freedom that comes with understanding the truth.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
God has given us two powerful weapons to combat the lies of the enemy.
- The Bible: God’s truth written in black and white for us to read.
- The Holy Spirit: our Helper and the one who reminds us of the word, and leads us into all truth.
When you read the word of God, the Spirit breathes life into it and it comes alive, separating the lies from the truth. For every lie the enemy has whispered over your life, there is a greater truth from the word of God to combat it. The Holy Spirit helps us to understand what we are reading or hearing and apply it to our everyday lives.
John 8:32 NLT
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
Here’s a clear and simple pathway that can help us to exchange the lies we’ve believed for the truth of what God says about us.
Know the truth.
The seed of the word of God was implanted with your new life in Christ so that when you hear the truth it resonates deep inside. We are drawn to truth and desire to live it. The more truth we receive, the easier it will be to spot lies in our lives.
Recognize the lies.
As the truth begins to permeate our minds and hearts, the lies we have believed will inevitably become more obvious and easier to recognize. With the truth of the word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can eliminate the lies from our lives and begin to really live in the truth.
Apply it to your everyday life.
Along with truth, God always supplies a healthy dose of grace which empowers us to live free from the lies and their lingering effects. Facing and applying truth can be hard work, but grace is there to help us see it through and walk it out in our everyday lives.
God never hides from us – his nature is to reveal.
He longs to reveal the truth to you and set you free from the lies so that you can live in victory over the effects of the enemy. People who figure out how to live in the truth are a dangerous force against the enemy’s kingdom because free people will free other people. Once you’ve been set free from the grip of one of the enemy’s lies you’ll easily spot others who have believed the same lies and offer them the same pathway to freedom.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.