We all believe lies. Yes, even I do. We believe lies about ourselves. We believe lies about others. We believe lies about God and the Church. We believe lies about the way the world works. We all believe lies.
How do I know this? Because I keep discovering lies I’ve believed.
Before I received Christ, I believed the lie that there was no God. Then I had an encounter with God and as I’ve drawn closer to the Truth, many more lies have been revealed.
I believed lies about myself: I thought I had nothing to offer the world and that I was worthless. But then I realized that God valued me so much that He was willing to die for me (Luke 12:6-7, John 3:16).
I believed lies about others: that there were worthless people (Mt 5:22). But then I realized that Jesus had died for them and that they were not only worth Jesus dying for but worth me dying for as well—and that God might choose to offer up my life to win them (Rev 6:9-11, 17:6, Acts 22:20).
I believed lies about the Scriptures: “God didn’t really mean that” and “That doesn’t apply to us today.” But then I discovered that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever” (Heb 13:8) and that God always means everything He says and says exactly what He means (Mt 5:18, Num 23:19, Is 46:9-10, Jer 1:12).
I believed so many lies that I’m reasonably certain that I still believe lies, but as I come to know the Truth, the Truth sets me free.
Renewing the mind seems so incremental. We read the Word and meditate in it as God commanded Joshua (Joshua 1:8) and the changes seem to come so slowly. Then suddenly, we see something that changes everything we do and we demonstrate that we are being transformed by the renewing of our mind.
What can I tell you after almost 40 years of uncovering the lies of our enemy?
Lies bind us up. They hold us back, prevent us from receiving from God, stand in the way of our prayers being answered and hinder the Gospel.
Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7) and if you don’t see that happening, there is a lie holding back your answer because God is not the problem; we are.
One lie I used to believe was that to bring revival to America, I had to somehow get everyone to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways (2 Chron 7:14), but the verse isn’t about everyone else, it is about each of us including me. The verse before that says: “When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people…” (2 Chronicles 7:13 NKJV) and I recognized these signs as elements of the curse in Deuteronomy (Dt 28:15-48). I heard Him saying, “When you look for the blessing and instead see only the curse, humble yourself because you are the problem. Pray—ask and petition Me to reveal the source of the curse and the lie that you are believing. Seek My face—that is, are you doing what you see Me doing (Eph 5:1)? Do you have an accurate understanding of who I am? And turn from your wicked ways—God is good and we are evil (Mt 7:11). When you see what needs to change, be transformed and then I will forgive your sin and bring healing, restoration and victory.
Rinse and repeat. Keep doing this until you reach “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13).
So ask yourselves these questions: Are your prayers being answered? What lie is holding you back from being all that God has called you to be? Do you want to be free?
Remember: “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).