Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lies We Believe, By Hillary Beth

Lies We Believe

By Hillary Beth

Sometimes while growing up, we are presented with statements that we don't know what to do with, or that we end up convincing ourselves are true. By reading God's Word for yourself, you'll be able to tell what's true and what's a lie.

"I'm alone - no one cares about me."

If you find yourself feeling this way, look back at God's faithfulness to you in the past, and read this verse:

Deuteronomy 31:6
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

"My sin is to big to be forgiven"

That's kind of like saying God isn't powerful enough to forgive your sin, but we know He's conquered all sin and death! Refocus on the fact that Jesus died for all sin, and nothing is more powerful than God, not even death.

1 Corinthians 10:13
"No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it."

Romans 8:38-39
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

"I just can't forgive myself."

The Bible never addresses us forgiving ourselves. We can't punish ourselves to gain God's favor. It is not up to us to save ourselves; we can only be saved by faith in what Jesus has done for us. God's forgiveness is more than enough!

1 Peter 3:18
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit."

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

"I can't do anything great for God."

This kind of thinking prohibits us from even trying to serve the Lord sometimes! You can't do something big if you're not doing anything at all. Don't let anyone or anything discourage you from following the Lord.

1 Timothy 4:12
"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."

"No one else has ever been through this."

This lie often stops us from seeking God, from asking others for help, and even from reaching out to others during hard times. Instead, we should seek what God would have us do with our time and experiences. Nothing surprises God, and it's very likely someone else has been through something that will either help you, or you can help them come to know God more through sharing how He's worked in you.

Ecclesiastes 1:8-10
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.

"I deserve better."

Unless you're two years old, you should have learned that life isn't all about what you want. You don't turn a magic age and just get to do whatever you want, or have whatever you want. Good things take hard work (like good grades, for example). God uses tests and trials to give us things that are worth a lot - strong character, purity, peace, faith, grace, and real love, for just a few examples. We don't deserve anything, but He sure does give us a lot -

Romans 8:28-29 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters."

Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."


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