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God lies – FOLLOW-UP

I received some great feedback and questions – both on and off the blog – on God lies. I love the response that talked about our “belief windows.” This is just another great way to articulate that we all live life, view God, ourselves and even others, through our own, unique filters; none of which are perfect yet.

I’ve had a few people tell me they don’t operate out of any lies. I’m not sure whether I believe that or not. I’m still processing. To me, that’s like saying our belief windows about God, (or ourselves), are perfect and unobstructed, or that the lenses of our “glasses” are completely clean, clear and free of debris. I’m not sure that’s possible until we reach our final, perfected state.

Perhaps one of the biggest lies we believe is believing that we don’t believe any.

Just my sweet little opinion.

Either way, I know for me, I will make it a lifelong mission to seek truth, after truth, after truth. I can only speak out of my own testimony and say that as I live my life and more lies are brought to surface and then dispelled, I experience more and more freedom and consequently, more and more peace. And I’m diggin’ it!

A few more thoughts . . .

Somebody on Facebook asked me to address the issue of why we tell ourselves lies to start with.

My thoughts?

  • Lies don’t always come from us. We really do have an enemy who’s happy to shoot them our way. Our biggest problem is thinking that every thought that pops in our head is true and that we need to automatically believe them or act on them.  If I get a thought that I know is not right, I now make a conscious choice not to own it.
  • Sometimes we do tell our own selves lies and want to believe them. Maybe we don’t know any better – we’re just regurgitating what we were taught or modeled. But other times we believe lies so that we don’t have to look at our own issues. Or perhaps we do it because we’re used to feeling sorry for ourselves; or we’re comfortable in our “uncomfortableness” because it’s familiar. We may even hold onto lies because we insist on seeing things the way we wish they would be. There are many reasons.

Regarding the person who said they believed the lie that they couldn’t be used by God because of lost opportunity . . .

Somebody reminded me that sometimes we do, in fact, lose opportunities. I whole-heartedly agree. I have lost some myself. To clarify, the lie isn’t believing that a person will have the same opportunities again; it’s very possible that they will not. The lie is believing that one can no longer be used by God – even in a great way. But, the Apostle Paul tells us:

“God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Rom. 11:29 (NIV)

If God’s put a call on our lives, it’s still there. Jon Courson does a great job of talking about this in his commentary when he speaks on the story of Jonah.

Well, friends, thanks again for all of the fantastic feedback. Now it’s off to the rest of my day, which will consist of a little exercise and music rehearsal tonight. Always welcoming your comments, questions, clean jokes and even disagreements. Keep ‘em coming!

God lies

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.