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Feb 06 2017

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Don’t Believe a Lie

Don’t Believe a Lie

 

“What I do doesn’t matter.” I believe this lie when I work hard and don’t get the results I think I should. I use this lie to lead me down into discouragement and despair. When I hold on to it, I stop pursuing my dreams, goals, and passions. I know it’s not true, but I believe it just the same.
“What I do doesn’t matter.” I believe this lie when I want to be lazy and not step up to the plate. I don’t feel like being on top of my game, and I excuse myself from living right. It’s not true, but I’m tempted to believe it anyway.
When I parent, I feel this lie. I work hard as a parent. I pour my heart into, and my kids respond by being . . . perfectly normal kids instead of perfect kids. Sigh. I want my investment to result in good character—immediately. Instead, the parent-child battle continues. In my discouragement, I want to use the lie to check out and give myself permission to detach.
This lie is easy for me to believe. Believing a lie is choosing to live in a prison. Knowing what to believe is just as important as knowing what not to believe.
The word “believe” tells a story about what to and what not to believe. Three words are found in believe: be, lie, and Eve.

Be

It’s important to know who you are. If you don’t know who you are and who God is, it’s easy to be crushed by the weight of many lies. Know who you “be.” Identity is easily attacked. What does God say about who you are? Search the scriptures and rest in the truth of who you are. Believe the truth about God and about yourself.

Lie

“Lie” in the middle of believe is the way I help my kids to know how to spell believe. “Don’t believe a lie,” I tell them. And yet, it is so easy to believe what is not true about God and about ourselves. This lie about God and about mankind has been going on since the garden. “Did God really say…?” Satan has been twisting the character of God and making mankind doubt the truth. It’s easy to believe a lie, but don’t.

Eve

Eve didn’t believe the truth about God nor the truth about herself. She thought she needed more and thought God was holding out on her. We fall victim to the same lie she did. Could it be that she believed the lie “What I do doesn’t matter”?

Feeling True

Feelings are powerful but aren’t the best judge of truth. When stuck in a lie that feels true, believing what’s true feels wrong . . . at first. But if a person is willing to dig deep for truth, truth is readily available in the Bible. As the source of truth, God’s word speaks to the core issues of life. Trust the Bible, and the feelings will align with the truth in time.

The Promise of Life

The book of John speaks of life that comes with believing.

“but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” ‭‭John‬ ‭20:31‬ ‭NASB‬‬

In believing, we have life. Believe what is true about Jesus. Do you know what is true about Jesus? Read the book of John. Let Jesus speak for himself. In his words and life, find life in his name.

What do you believe?

Does what you believe create a prison or bring you life?

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