God lies. What do you have to say about that?
What lies, about God or yourself, have you battled throughout your life?
I asked a few people this question and here are just a few of their answers:
- I can’t be used by God or won’t be used by God. (When asked why? It really has everything to do with not feeling worthy and lost opportunity.)
- God is always angry or disappointed in me.
- I don’t have any spiritual gifts. Other, more special, people do.
- God can’t be trusted and asking Him for guidance and protection doesn’t do anything.
- I’m nobody special because I didn’t graduate or succeed at much in life and never will.
- If God is such a good God, why have so many bad things happened to me?
- God is not really interested in what I do; He’s too busy with more important things.
- If people knew who I really was they wouldn’t like me.
- God doesn’t have a purpose for my life.
- I am damaged goods because as a child, I experienced molestation and incest.
- God doesn’t really like me too much; he just tolerates me.
How sad. And a few of those are mine.
The saddest part isn’t the lies themselves, but that we actually believe them. And live by them. As I began to read through each answer, it got me thinking:
What if this particular person stopped believing this particular lie? What would their life look like?
I could only imagine . . .
- Maybe the person who sees themselves as “damaged goods” would finally feel free to have a voice in this world.
- Maybe the one who feels like they lost the opportunity to be used by God would dare to dream again – and let God do something radical and unexpected with their life. Or maybe they would experience freedom in knowing that God has them right where He wanted them all along.
- Maybe the person who thinks God is too busy to be interested in their life, would become excited again about sharing every little detail with God – finding themselves praying without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17) without even trying.
I don’t know. These are just my thoughts going wild. But I do know one thing:
We will not live our lives to the fullest as long as we’re operating out of lies.
It’s not possible. It’d be like trying get somewhere with wrong directions.
Jesus told us He came not to just give us life, but that we might have it more abundantly, to the full (John 10:10).
My questions are not about the specific lies you’re believing (although that’d be great for you to think about if you’ve never done that before), but rather:
Why do you think we resign to living out of these lies?
Why aren’t we doing everything in our power (knowing God will do what we can’t do), to battle these lies and put them to rest once and for all?
Is it even possible to do so? Or are we just doomed to operate out of these lies because of our human nature?
I can think of a few Scriptures that speak to this. I’d love to hear what you have to say.