I just read back through all my “31 Days of Real” posts.
I am astounded.
God has been teaching me so much. I am left just utterly thankful for his grace and faithfulness…
I noticed themes running through all my posts…he has been teaching me about
…and today I have been learning the power of scripture in fighting lies with truth in my life.
Starting yesterday, and again this morning I sat down and began tracing out on paper five different lies that I have let into my life, my mothering, my marriage, and my ministry.
This is kind of scary.
But I’m going to post one of them here for you to see.
For two reasons:
As an example. I want to show you how I have traced feelings of anxiety and fear back to specific lies, and then matched those lies with truth and scripture.
As an encouragement. Ya know, this is probably a lie you have believed at some point too. It is specific to me in a sense, but not really. But my prayer is that it would encourage you to identify lies that you might believe and replace them with truth.
Perhaps you can make a list of your own.
Call them out.
Share them with a trusted friend.
Pray over them.
Continue to find scripture that you can use to change your thought-patterns.
So here’s one example…
Lie: I am not enough.
Truth: God is enough.
- “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps. 37:4
- “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches” Phil 4:19
- “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
You know we are in a real fight right?
There is a real enemy.
He wants us deceived.
He wants us to believe lies about ourselves, but even more he wants us be believe lies about God. That he isn’t real, that he isn’t there, that he doesn’t love us, that he will leave us, that he wants to hold back good things from us.
We must fight the good fight as Paul says. And we must dress for battle. In Ephesians we are told to put on the Armor of God. It occurred to me that it would be silly to walk around in a war without armor and it would be silly to walk around in armor if we didn’t we expect to be in a war. We should expect opposition. We should not wring our hands with worry, but be ready to fight back.
You may be reading this, scratching your head like waahhhh? What is she talking about?
Or you may be nodding. You may have some battle scars of your own.
But dear reader, if you live a life of authenticity. If you replace lies with truth. If you release control to God and live a life like an open palm rather than a clenched fist. If you claim a measure of peace beyond your own understanding and you boldly accept a ministry out of your weakness. Then surly you will face attack.
But our minds and hearts can be filled with the promises of God. The promises he will never leave, the promises of no longer living in condemnation, the promises of unconditional love, the promises of grace lavished freely…
My prayer is that in sharing all this, you may too find a measure of peace and fight for truth in your own life. That you may gain freedom from worry, anxiety and fear. That you could come out of places of hiding into a life of authenticity. That you could be real with those in your life and embrace a ministry out of your weakness, your mess, your real.
Thanks for reading.
There are still two more days of October. I am excited to see what the Lord will lead me to write. 😉