Don’t you hate for someone to lie to you? Nobody likes to be told lies. Lies are packages of deceit that have huge potential to derail us. However, we don’t have to accept them.
Years ago, a vacuum cleaner salesman came to our door and wanted to show us how great his vacuum was. We let him and he went to work. We had to admit his vacuum cleaner did a great job. And we did need a vacuum. And he was giving us a great deal. And he promised to send us a postcard from the Bahamas because this sale would meet his quota. And we do like to help people. And we can be suckers. So… we bought the vacuum cleaner.
We used the vacuum. Loved the vacuum. And still have the vacuum. But we never got a postcard from the vacuum cleaner salesman. He lied. Maybe he forgot. But I after I got older and wiser and heard the same “this is the last one so I’ll tell ya what I’m gonna do” speech, I do believe the fella lied to me. And now I don’t buy anything from door to door salesmen. Forget that the product was good. I was promised a postcard.
Of course, there are much worse lies we can be told from people much closer to us. Namely… ourselves. We tell ourselves all kinds of lies. Sometimes to justify our actions. Sometimes to ease our guilt. Sometimes because we are ignorant of the truth.
Do any of these sound familiar to you?
I’m not loved.
I’m no good.
I can’t do it.
I don’t have enough.
My life doesn’t matter.
Lies! Lies I say! They’re all lies!
Believing lies like those is exactly the kind of thing that will hold you back from reaching your full potential. Believing lies about yourself will paralyze you and keep you from the awesome plan God designed just for you. Quit believing those lies. We all struggle with it from time to time, I know. Even David in the Bible struggled with it. He said to God,
Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions. Psalm 119:29
Friends, we have to get the lies out of the way so we can understand and fulfill the beautiful plan God has for us.
My friend Sally led a Bible Study Sunday night and taught on praying the Word of God. That’s exactly what we should do to combat the lies we tell ourselves. Pray the Word. Here’s what that looks like…
I’m alone. – Oh but God said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” You are not alone!
I’m not loved. – John 3:16 says, God so loved the world – that would be you – that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever – that would be you – should not perish but have everlasting life. You are loved!
I’m no good. – Oh but keep reading… John 3:17 says, “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world – You! – but that through Him the world might be saved.” To condemn is to deem something of no value. God doesn’t condemn you. You are valuable to Him!
I can’t do it. – What?! You can do all things through Christ because He gives you strength. Philippians 4:13. You can do this!
I don’t have enough – No. No. No. No. No. God said that He will supply all your needs. Philippians 4:19. Not maybe. Not He’ll consider it. No. He WILL supply what you need. You have enough because of Jesus!
My life doesn’t matter. – I happen to know God said, “I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you. Not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11. What kind of a God do you think He is? God only has good things for you. Notice I didn’t say fun things. Not all things we go through in life are fun. But they’re all good for us if God is in control.
So listen, my friends, quit lying to yourself. Quit telling yourself what you’re not and what you can’t do. Start telling yourself what God says about you. As Sally reminded us in our Bible study, God said to remind Him of His word. That’s not so God won’t forget. It’s so WE won’t forget.
Stop believing the lies and believe God!