My Life Group (Sunday school class – whatever you want to call it) has been studying through topics related to rest, peace, and joy. The class is all women, most of whom are walking through dark seasons or have recently emerged from a dark season. Even in the midst of our hardest situations, though, we are learning to find our peace and rest in Christ, leading to joy in sorrow.
We have some hard homework this week. Write down the lies that you believe – lies you tell yourself or lies that others are telling you- and go to Scripture to find the Truth that replaces the lie. This is hard work. And it is necessary work. As I reflect on the lies that disturb my peace, hurtful conversations, accusations, and manipulations come back to me, reminding me of where the deeply rooted lies came from. Here, I encounter the first lie I need to confront:
I am not really making any progress. I’m as broken, beat down, and defeated as I was a year ago. The wounds will never heal. No good will ever come of this. I’m stuck.
God doesn’t leave us in our hard places if we are seeking Him. He doesn’t turn His backs on our cries. He doesn’t reject the broken reaching out for help. He IS delivering me, moment by moment, as I seek Him, do my best to walk in righteousness, and trust in Him.
Psalm 34:17-20 – When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
The second major lie I battle surfaces fairly often as I struggle with memories of the past and knowledge of the present.
Because I can’t see the consequences of sin in the offending parties’ lives, God must be accepting their choices and blessing their lives.
Sin always has consequences. Unrepentant sin damages our relationship with God. God will always forgive and restore us to Himself, but the restoration doesn’t undo the consequences. But how God deals with sin is up to Him, not me. My job is to walk in faith and to make sure I am repenting of the sin in my life.
Galatians 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
James 4:17 – So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 9:14-16 – What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
The final lie that I am actively targeting this week is deeply rooted and is taking a long time to fully eradicate.
I am simultaneously not enough and too much. I have too many flaws, shortcomings, weaknesses, emotions, anxieties, etc. I am not worth enough to fight for in the midst of all those flaws.
I am a human being and that means I have flaws. As does every other human being. My flaws neither define me nor strip my value and worth. My value and worth are not defined by another person’s opinion of me. Yes, I have things to work on. No, that does not make me less significant than someone else. My value and worth are defined by God, and He loves me in the midst of my flaws and weaknesses.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Isaiah 64:8 – Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Titus 3:5 – He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 2:4-9 – But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
1 John 4:19 – We love because he first loved us.
1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Freedom in Truth
The Gospel of John tells us that freedom comes when we abide in truth, the absolute truth of God’s Word. To abide means to remain in a fixed state, or to continue to reside in a place. The best way to combat the lies we believe is by remaining in God’s Word daily. In the residence of God’s Word we find freedom.
What lies do you struggle with? What places in Scripture give you relief from the lies? Comment below, and we can fight those lies together!