I'm going to be sharing today about something that I have struggled with in major ways, for most of my life, which is believing many many lies that are all around me, from media to others, there are plenty. A lot of these lies were installed a long long time ago, from strangers, family, co-workers and many more. For most of my life I have lived believing and feeling like those lies were true. That the lies made me who I was, and I allowed them to define me.
When I gave my life to Christ 10 years ago, I knew something was off; I knew something wasn't matching up and aligning correctly. I felt out of balance with my God when I had had 28 years worth of collected junk in my brain. I knew I had to find a way to fight it, I knew I had to trust the Spirit to overcome these lies, and by God's power today, I have a good hold on them. I still have a lot of work to do though.
I have one teenage daughter and I am surrounded by teenage girls. A lot of these girls are hurting. A lot. There are girls with eating disorders, there are girls that are having sex with boys because they want to feel love and accepted, there are girls cutting themselves, there are girls doing drugs and drinking. There are girls depressed and lonely. For about 6 years I have continually tried to mentor some girls, and be there for them when no one else was. I care deeply for these girls, and it breaks my heart to see them going through this, especially because I know they are just believing lies. Lie after lie after lie.
I myself have dealt with lie upon lie upon lie, with eating disorders resulting from lies that were installed when I was a model. From believing the lie that I am garbage and worthless because I was abused. From thinking I am dumb because I didn't go to college and I struggled in reading and English in High School. So many lies that they are mountainous. And I've been fighting for 10 years to debunk them.
How many lies do you think you've believed so far today?
-I am not pretty enough
-I am fat or I need to just lose 5-10 pounds and then I'll be ok
-My husband doesn't love me, or I'm not attractive enough
-I am a failure as a mother
-I didn't get enough done around the house today
-My life has no meaningful purpose
-I should have done more
-My hair isn't long enough
-My house isn't big enough or decorated nicely
-I'm an awful cook
-My clothes are out dated
-I am not lovable
and my favorite,
-I'm not a good christian
The Deceiver of this world (Rev 12:9), would have us believe every single one of these. He is around for 3 things, to kill, steal and destroy(John 10:10). He wants to take everything you might be leaning toward as Truth and twist it, he is the ultimate accuser, don't you know (Rev 12:10).
There are also, deeper, more life debilitating lies that our neural nets (images or words burned into our memory) feed us everyday, or in specific situations. Maybe you were told when you were 12 that you are only good for your looks, so since that day, you have all sorts of issues with that lie. Whether you get worth from your good looks, or whether really think you've gotten this far because of your looks. But what happens is we get triggered by old realities that we've lived, and live fallen from our true nature because of the lies that were embedded. I submit to you we don't have to live this way! We are so far off from who God originally created us to be! We are suppose to be Oak Trees, but instead we are just acorns most of the time, living off of what this world has told us, and shown us. We might not think that is true consciously but subconsciously it is true.
There are ways to fight these lies and painful memories. We can replace them with Truth and choose to listen to the voice of Truth. That is why Paul told us to,
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself against the knowledge
of God and we take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5
"Every single aspect of our emotions and behavior that do not conform to the truth of who we are in Christ is due to these neural nets. And under the right triggers, we vividly experience as real things that are not real.
With all five senses we mentally experience lies as though they were truth. We want to be in sync with God and His Word. But to the extent that we are believing and giving into these lies, we are not. If we want to be set free we've got to become vigilant detectives of our minds, locating and eradicating those neural nets."
Greg Boyd from Escaping the Matrix
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-His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
We know that we are children of God. We know that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 1John 5:19
We must dig deep to find out what is at the root of these lies, and find ways to live as freed children of God! Find out where those lies come from, where they were installed, and how to make your way out of them.
Jesus came so we could have life abundantly!
We come against untruths with real Truth, and we simply replace the lies with Truth. Sometimes we do this every 5 minutes! Some days we do this every hour. The more and more we learn to get into this habit the more we will be shaped into who God has called us to be. We will become more and more like Oak Trees along the way. I want to be that Oak Tree that God planted, don't you?