I’m going to state the obvious. Lies are tricky. They have a way of creeping into our hearts and dictating how we treat others and see ourselves. Believing a lie doesn’t sound very dangerous in the grand scheme of life, but it is. Belief in one little lie can drastically change how we handle situations, other people, and ourselves. The most effective way to protect ourselves from deception is to fully know what the truth is.
That sounds so easy but the enemy has a way of preying on our insecurities.
He knows where we are vulnerable. He usually doesn’t usually scream lies into our faces. It’s much less obvious than that. He quietly whispers them into our ears. He plants little lies in the back of our minds. That way, we don’t recognize these little lies as a problem. They are just small thoughts.
For example, I have this little gap between my front two teeth, and I hated it when I was younger. I was insecure about it so the enemy started whispering in my ear. “Look at that girl’s teeth. Aren’t they perfect? Why don’t your teeth look like that? The gap is bigger than you think. Maybe you should smile with your mouth closed.” Little thoughts. Little lies. But they added up to a lot of closed mouth smiles and hidden pain.
To believe a lie is to absorb it. It gets stuck in your head, and while you may not realize it right away it will eventually weigh you down. Maybe you are believing a lie that says you aren’t smart enough. Maybe a small voice is telling you that you don’t make enough money, you aren’t pretty enough, you don’t have potential, no one cares about you, you will always be alone. Maybe it’s saying you just aren’t good enough.
It may be that you haven’t recognized all of these lies as something toxic to you and your relationship with God, but they are deadly. The lies you believe about yourself are like mold growing in the basement. It starts small, but ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. All ignoring it does is make it grow into a bigger problem. Somewhere along the line, the enemy told you a small lie about yourself and you believed it. It has changed the way you see yourself. Maybe it has even changed the way you think God sees you. But now it’s time to clean house. It’s time to open up the windows and air all of it out. Stop breathing in the dirty air. Evict the lies. Don’t let them live inside of you anymore.
Breathe out the lies, and start breathing in truth.
This passage out of Ephesians offers a glimpse at what God really wants for you:
May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
You cannot fully grasp how wide, long, high, and deep God’s love for you is and still believe lies that say the opposite. You cannot believe what God says about you and what the enemy says about you. They completely oppose each other.
Here’s the truth: You are infinitely loved and thought about by God. You are significant to him. You are worthy of his perfect love. It’s not always easy to believe this about ourselves or other people but it’s true. Believing a lie means you’re rejecting God’s truth about yourself. So breathe out the lies, get them completely out of you and exchange them for truth.
Breathe out – you are alone.
Breathe in – He will NEVER leave you. (Matthew 28:20)
Breathe out – You are not good enough.
Breathe in – You are worthy of his unfailing love. (Isaiah 43:4)
Breathe out – You are ugly.
Breathe in – You are an original masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)
Breathe out – You will never amount to anything.
Breathe in – You can accomplish anything with Christ. (Philippians 4:13)
Breathe out lies, breathe in truth.
Notice how the lies don’t have the Bible backing them up? The truth about who you are will always be found in the promises of God’s word. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Breathe in truth, Breathe out lies.