Defeating the Inner Liar
Wouldn't it be nice if the voice of a lie sounded like a lie? You know, “Hello, I'm a lie. Don't believe me.” Instead, a lie sneaks into our hearts. A lie feels true. Right-down-to-the-toes true. Whether the lie sounds like our own thoughts or the voice of authority, it is a lie. I wish lies were easier to identify–to ourselves, that is. (It's easier to see a lie for what it is when someone else is believing it but not when we are.)
Steal, kill, and destroy1 are descriptions of the father of lies2, Satan. He was a liar from the beginning, and he lies today. He has thousands of years of experience and knows how to twist a tale–one that our mother Eve took, and we take too.
Today, we don't see a serpent. Instead, we have the voice of the Liar as well as the voice of our own lies—an inner liar. Our lies are the ones we tell ourselves when we try to figure out the world around us when life doesn't make sense.
Pain doesn't make sense. Don't we all try make sense of it anyway? We try determine why we experience suffering. We wonder if we did something to deserve it. If we cannot come up with a self-induced cause for our pain, we determine we are suffering because we are unloved or unlovable. We make agreements with lies and then orchestrate our lives to avoid pain in the future–as if avoiding pain was the highest goal in life.
In our staunch efforts to avoid suffering, we continue suffering because we never get to experience healing. Our whole life is wrapped around protecting the wound and the lies we've agreed with—lies rooted in our pain.
In rereading Captivating*, I was reminded of Jesus' words when he announced his ministry.
““The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come. ”” Luke 4:18-19 NLT
Jesus read the passage from Isaiah 61. Here is verse 1:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1 NLT
Jesus had a purpose in bringing good news. That news included bringing comfort and setting people free.
Part of defeating the inner liar (and the Liar as well) is to embrace real truth and not the truth we created in our attempts to make sense of life. Real truth is based on God's Word.
In this life, there is suffering. But part of Jesus' ministry was to bring comfort to the broken-hearted and to bring freedom. The biggest prison is the one in which we enclose ourselves in lies. Lies make a prison keeping us from living life as God intended.
One of the biggest lies tells us to isolate ourselves and never let anyone near the pain. It is in isolation where the lies spin freely. When we get to a place, a miserable place, where we don't know where to turn for hope, the first step in defeating the inner liar is to reach out.
Reach out for help. “I need help” is a first step in moving towards truth and healing and hope. You cannot do it alone. You were never intended to do life alone. And Jesus, he really wants to be the one to step into the lies and pain and help you find comfort and freedom.
Will you reach out today?
Make a call. Write an email or a text. Find one friend. A friend who knows God's word and who can walk with you. The first step is often the hardest.
1“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT
2“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 NLT
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