In part one I had mentioned that in part two I would write about taking a look at where these thoughts and lies originate from, and what we do with them.
I read a wonderful book lately called “Unglued – Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions” by Lysa Terkeurst
There is a part of the book where she writes, “…anytime I start hearing lies speaking louder than truth, it’s an indication my soul is starving for God’s word. So I feed it with truth and I starve it of the lies begging to get down deep and mess me up.”
This got me thinking: when someone has been listening to lies for a long time, it is hard to find the truth. How do you distinguish which is lies, and which is truth? There are lies that sound like the truth, there are lies that disguise themselves very well. They can drown out the truth very quickly.
So how do we stop those lies? First we need to figure out what are the lies. What kind of inside chatter has been circulating in the brain? With what areas do we keep beating ourselves up? How do we talk to ourselves? How do we see ourselves? How do we perceive others see us and think about us?
What lies are rattling around in our brains? Can they be identified?
Unless these thoughts line up with what God’s word says, they are all lies. We need to be on top of those lies. Not let them gain a hearing.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5 it says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
That is the key! “TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE.” When we capture, grab those lies before we allow them to become stored in our brain and check to see if they line up with who God made us, with what God says about us and with God’s truth. Do not let those lies gain a hearing, do not let lies tear you down, do not let those lies make you feel less than you are … a person made in the image of God. You are of worth. You are loved! And you are beautiful and you are made for a purpose, with wonderful giftings and talents. At times these may not seem a reality in your life, but they are truth – God’s truth!!
And Romans 12:2 says, “… be transformed by the renewing of your minds”. With the plasticity of the brain research done by neuroscientists, it has been shown and documented that our brains are capable of doing just that. God has designed our brains to be renewed, to be transformed with the correct inputs.
How do we know what is God’s truth? How do we transform our minds? By spending time in God’s word. Everyday! Ask God to help you bring those lies to the forefront so you can deal with them. Memorize God’s word. Study God’s word. Teach your children to be in God’s word! Soak in it! Dismantle, stomp, flatten and chuck those lies where they belong. Not easy, not without set-backs, a huge temptation to beat one’s self up, it will take time. Keep going, keep working at it! I am still working at it. Every effort, every minute, one little step at a time. It is so worth it!!