Lies that Deceive, Truth that Redeems


A.K.A., Lies We Believe About God

“Physically, we are what we eat.
Spiritually, we are what we think.”
~ Warren Wiersbe

Friends, the battle in our journey to wholeness is won or lost in our thought lives. The enemy would deceive us through lies about who God says He is and who God says we are. As women we play the tapes in our heads (you know what I mean) that question,

“Did God really say…?”

and before we know it, we have bought into the lies that we are not loved, not valued, and not who God has declared us to be – daughters of the one true King. We become convinced these lies are true, because that is what deception is all about.

When we go through heartbreak and tragedy, whether as a child in a broken family, a spouse in a broken marriage, or some other devastating circumstance, the enemy attacks us through deception. Here are some of the lies we believe about God that cause us to live in hopelessness and despair:

  • I must be good enough to earn God’s love.
  • God’s love is conditional.
  • There are limits to God’s forgiveness.
  • God will abandon/reject/leave me.
  • God doesn’t care about me or my situation.

The thing about lies is that they cause us to question God’s love for us, and we answer those questions with more lies:

  • God isn’t answering my prayers because he doesn’t care about me or my kids.
  • God isn’t answering my prayers because he doesn’t exist.
  • Bad things have happened because God doesn’t love me.
  • Good things should happen when people pray hard enough.
  • If God cares about me, why do I feel so alone?
It’s not enough to pretend these lies aren’t true.

We have to replace them with the truth about who God really is according to His word, the Bible.

Here’s what God says about who He really is:
  • I loved you at your very worst moment and died for you to rescue you from sin, to heal you and restore you to relationship with me (Romans 5:8).
  • I love you unconditionally (John 3:16).
  • I love you because of who I am, not because of who you are, or what you have or haven’t done. I will never love you any more or any less than I do at this very moment. (1 John 4:10).
  • My forgiveness is infinite for those willing to receive it (Psalm 103:12).
  • I specialize in loving the brokenhearted and unlovable (Isaiah 61).
  • I will never leave you or forsake you (Psalm 94:14, Hebrews 13:5).
  • I care about you (Nahum 1:7, Isaiah 66:13, 1 Peter 5:7).
  • The greatest expression of my love for you is in the sacrifice of my son on the cross so you can walk in relationship with me (1 John 3:16).

Some of these lies I’ll address more specifically in upcoming posts. In the meantime, which lies are you believing and what truth will you receive and replace the lies with this week?

(Author’s note: Recently I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women about the effects of divorce from the perspective of an adult child of a broken family, a spouse in a broken marriage, and parenting children affected by divorce. Over the next few weeks I’ll be blogging on key ideas from this presentation.)

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