I’m not enough. I’m unworthy. I’m stupid. I’m inadequate. I’m a failure. These poisonous lies often plague us beneath the surface. They dictate our thoughts, emotions, actions, words. They have power over us and cause us to reject our purpose and live lives of fear. But why? Why do we give power to these lies? Why is it so much easier to believe them than to believe the truth? Sometimes we don’t even know we’re believing these types of lies until we dig a little deeper. We know we feel down and defeated but we’re not sure why or how to move on. Or we try to fill the sadness with Netflix, food, affirmation from others. They’re all just temporary fixes.
Friends, it can be so painful to dig beneath the surface of our thoughts to examine the lies. It takes time, energy, honesty, and patience. But God meets us there. He will honor your willingness to bring the lies before Him and surrender them. How do we do this? We must start in prayer, asking God to uncover the lies we’re believing. We must be honest with ourselves and God. Keep digging beneath the surface and asking yourself questions until you reveal the lies. Give the lies to God by confessing them and asking for Him to forgive you for choosing to believe the Enemy’s lies instead of His pure, healing truths. And ask Him to replace the lies with a truth. Dwell on that truth. Marinate in it. Find joy in it.
Because here’s the thing: You are enough. You are worthy. You are bright. You are adequate. You are not a failure. You are God’s successful, beautiful creation. No lie can take that away. God has redeemed you, and called you good enough to send His Son to die for. That’s dedication. That’s value. If God loves us this much, can’t we accept even a piece of His love into our internal dialogue about ourselves? We have to work at it.
Let’s make a list today of the beautiful qualities God has uniquely blessed us with and use this list to combat the Enemy’s lies. I keep my list in my iPhone notes. Post-its are a good option too.
Here’s a sample of my list: I am loving, I am introspective, I am organized, I am creative, I am hard-working, I am practical, I am silly, I am redeemed.
When you sense the lies, read the truth. Make your list today. Share some with me in the comments or you can email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me join you in your faith journey.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” -1 Peter 5: 6-11