Speaking Truth Over Lies
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5
How many of you would say you are an over-thinker? I’m currently raising both hands and feet in response to that question. I always have been. If you can relate, you understand the struggle of over-analyzing and over-complicating some of the smallest, most meaningless things. All because we just let our mind race away with a single thought.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve believed a friend was mad at me, some guy thought I wasn’t pretty, a person in my class thought I was annoying, or whatever the emotion was- all because one comment, glance, or gesture. My mind would dwell on the situation, replaying it over and over, until I firmly believed that that other person felt *insert emotion* way about me. I placed feelings on people based on the way they looked at me? Who knows how many close, deep friendships and life-giving relationships I’ve weakened or missed out on completely because I was hurt by what I THOUGHT they “felt about me”.
Thankfully, through a lot of growth and maturity, I’ve gotten much better about what others believe about me. To just take situations with a grain of salt and also to remember that 99% of the time people aren’t hinting at anything with a look- they’re just looking. When people make a comment, most of the time they genuinely just mean what they are saying- no hidden agenda.
You probably wouldn’t worry so much about what other people think of you if you knew just how seldom they actually think about you.
Approaching conversations and encounters with others this way has really made a huge difference in the type of friend, daughter, and sister I am. Not to mention a mega-stress reliever too.
But lately, I’ve been really thinking about the things I’ve come to believe about myself. I’ve honestly always struggled with self-worth and self-esteem. With time, growth, and growing closer to the Lord through my life I thought by now that these struggles would diminish, but unfortunately, they haven’t.
I’ve grown up knowing what the Bible says about my worth, I can quote verses about my worth like:
She is worth far more than rubies. (Prov. 31:10)
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. (Ps. 46:5),
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. (Sol. 4:7)
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. (Prov. 31:25)
SO WHY COULD I NOT BELIEVE THEM??
Well it hit me one day.
How often do I let the negative thoughts, comments, and opinions in my head? How often am I speaking these self- loathing, insecure thoughts over myself? How often do I overthink what I look like, what I eat, what I say, what I like/dislike?
Because somewhere along the way I believed I was ugly, fat, unintelligent, strange AND I RAN WITH THOSE THOUGHTS. INSTEAD OF speaking what I know to be true about myself right when those thoughts pop into my head. What the Lord says about me. What those verses say. Because I can know that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14) and that I am “God’s masterpiece” (Ephesians 2:10) BUT if I’m not speaking these over the lies the enemy plants in my head immediately, of course I’m going to run with the negative thoughts because I have nothing else to replace them with.
And just like in the case with what others think about me, if I allow myself to run with the lies about myself long enough- they WILL become truths.
Once you come to believe something about yourself, true or not, it is really hard to un-believe them.
These lies are from the enemy, the devil, and he would love nothing more than for us to live insecure, shame-bound lives about ourselves. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
“When you believe the enemy you will live a life far less than what God has called you to live.” – Christine Caine
So stop him and the lies. Speak truth back over them immediately. And like I’ve said before, the truth is what God says about you, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does (Psalm 33:4)”.
Luckily for us, in today’s world, we literally have this truth at our fingertips at every moment. So get the bible app, keep your bible in your car/ backpack, MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE (speaking to myself more than any one hear), post-it note verses on your dashboard, write it on your mirror, whatever you need. The more you cover your mind with truth, the less room the enemy’s lies have to dwell.
You do not have to live with the shame, insecurity, self-disgust you carry. God came so that you could be free from those thoughts, free from your bondage and chains. Don’t let the devil have power over your mind any more. There is so much life to be lived on the other side of the lies. The sooner we start recognizing out thoughts, taking them captive, and covering them with God’s good news- the sooner we can live in the freedom God died in order for us to have.
Fight for that freedom! Fight for truth!