Lately, I've really been struggling. Every now and then, I have these moments of insecurity that sneak up on me and before I know it, they have consumed my thoughts and my ability to think clearly. I thought it might be therapeutic for me to put some of these thoughts down in writing, and then follow them up with what the Word of God says about them, as well. Below is a list of lies I've recently bought into. I'm so glad I went to the Word, because it was there that my Lord reminded me of just who I am and what He has to say about ME. I pray you find some encouragement in the words below.
Lie: People don't really like you. Actually, you get on everyone's nerves.
TRUTH: SO DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE; IT WILL BE RICHLY AWARDED. YOU NEED TO PERSEVERE SO THAT WHEN YOU HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD, YOU WILL RECEIVE WHAT HE HAS PROMISED. Hebrews 10:35-36
Lie: You're too over the top. You're loud, obnoxious, and not that funny.
TRUTH: I WILL PRAISE YOU, O LORD MY GOD, WITH ALL MY HEART; I WILL GLORIFY YOUR NAME FOREVER. FOR GREAT IS YOUR LOVE TOWARD ME; YOU HAVE DELIVERED ME FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE GRAVE. Psalm 86:12-13
Lie: You're fat. And pregnancy doesn't make you beautiful. Actually, you're puffier than you've ever been and everyone can see your cellulite through your pants.
TRUTH: I PRAISE YOU BECAUSE I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; YOUR WORKS ARE WONDERFUL, I KNOW THAT FULL WELL. Psalm 139:14
Lie: You're dumb. Any sense you actually have, you've had to work extra hard to acquire. Please don't ever speak in public. You just confirm what everyone thinks about you...you have no idea what you're talking about.
TRUTH: NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO IMMEASURABLY MORE THAN ALL WE ASK OR IMAGINE, ACCORDING TO HIS POWER THAT IS AT WORK WITHIN US, TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH AND IN CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS, FOR EVER AND EVER! AMEN. Ephesians 3:20-21
Lie: You're ugly. Your chin jolts out. Everyone can see your blackheads. And that hair that keeps growing back on your chin, everyone knows about it. No one has the nerve to say anything to your face.
TRUTH: CHARM IS DECEPTIVE, AND BEAUTY IS FLEETING; BUT A WOMAN WHO FEARS THE LORD IS TO BE PRAISED. Proverbs 31:30
Lie: Your husband will leave you any day. It won't be long before he gets sick of you and will long for another life and another family. It can happen at any moment. Yes, you are THAT replaceable.
TRUTH: HER CHILDREN ARISE AND CALL HER BLESSED; HER HUSBAND ALSO, AND HE PRAISES HER; "MANY WOMEN DO NOBLE THINGS, BUT YOU SURPASS THEM ALL." Proverbs 31:28-29
Lie: You will never have a true female BFF. They don't exist. As soon as someone gets to know you, they run for the hills. No one has the capability to truly accept you as who you are.
TRUTH: YOU ARE MY FRIENDS IF YOU DO WHAT I COMMAND. I NO LONGER CALL YOU SERVANTS, BECAUSE A SERVANT DOES NOT KNOW HIS MASTER'S BUSINESS. INSTEAD, I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS, FOR EVERYTHING THAT I LEARNED FROM MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU. YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT - FRUIT THAT WILL LAST. THEN THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME. John 15:14-16
Lie: You are a horrible mother. Save your money so that you can reimburse your children for the money they will spend after years in therapy. You are doing more damage than you realize. Every bad habit your parents had with you is manifesting itself in your parenting, as well. It can't be avoided.
TRUTH: HEAR, O ISRAEL: THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE. LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH. THESE COMMANDMENTS THAT I GIVE YOU TODAY ARE TO BE UPON YOUR HEARTS. IMPRESS THEM ON YOUR CHILDREN. TALK ABOUT THEM WHEN YOU SIT AT HOME AND WHEN YOU WALK ALONG THE ROAD, WHEN YOU LIE DOWN AND WHEN YOU GET UP. TIE THEM AS SYMBOLS ON YOUR HANDS AND BIND THEM ON YOUR FOREHEADS. WRITE THEM ON THE DOOR FRAMES OF YOUR HOUSES AND ON YOUR GATES. Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Lie: You will always battle insecurity. It is not possible to find victory in this area of your life. You came into this world as a weak, fragile female...and that is how you will spend your life.
TRUTH: A WIFE OF NOBLE CHARACTER WHO CAN FIND? SHE IS WORTH FAR MORE THAN RUBIES. SHE IS CLOTHED WITH STRENGTH AND DIGNITY; SHE CAN LAUGH AT THE DAYS TO COME. Proverbs 31:10, 25
Lie: You will never get over what your Dad did to you and your family. In fact, you will quit loving him and actually start hating him. As a result of that, you will grow to be an angry and bitter old woman.
TRUTH: THEN PETER CAME TO JESUS AND ASKED, "LORD, HOW MANY TIMES SHALL I FORGIVE MY BROTHER WHEN HE SINS AGAINST ME? UP TO SEVEN TIMES?" JESUS ANSWERED, "I TELL YOU, NOT SEVEN TIMES, BUT SEVENTY-SEVEN TIMES. Matthew 18:21-22
Lie: What you believe to be true about God and Jesus is just a myth. There is no Heaven and there is no Hell. When you die, you just die. This is as good as it gets. Enjoy your life now. After death, there is nothing. Jesus never came back to life after His crucifixion. You and the rest of the Christian world have simply bought into a made-up Utopian-style fantasy world that never has and never will exist.
TRUTH: AND I HEARD A LOUD VOICE FROM THE THRONE SAYING, "NOW THE DWELLING OF GOD IS WITH MEN, AND HE WILL LIVE WITH THEM. THEY WILL BE HIS PEOPLE, AND GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM AND BE THEIR GOD. HE WILL WIPE EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES. THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH OR MOURNING OR CRYING OR PAIN, FOR THE OLD ORDER OF THINGS HAS PASSED AWAY." HE WHO WAS SEATED ON THE THRONE SAID, "I AM MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!" THEN HE SAID, "WRITE THIS DOWN, FOR THESE WORDS ARE TRUSTWORTHY AND TRUE." Revelation 21:3-5
Lie: God really doesn't love you like you think. He is still disgusting with every mistake you ever made. In fact, you might as well quit trying to earn His love. You will never be good enough to be accepted or loved by the One who created you. He has plans for other people...not you.
TRUTH: FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, DECLARES THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE. THEN YOU WILL CALL UPON ME AND COME AND PRAY TO ME, AND I WILL LISTEN TO YOU. YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART. Jeremiah 29:11-13
TO THE JEWS WHO HAD BELIEVED HIM, JESUS SAID, "IF YOU HOLD TO MY TEACHING, YOU ARE REALLY MY DISCIPLES. THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE." John 8:31-32