We are continuing on with the theme of lies we believe. Last week, I shared some of the lies I had believed about myself and encouraged readers to ask God about the lies you have been believing about yourself and seeking truth to replace those lies. I want to stress the importance of restoring truth in our hearts. When we discover a lie that God wants to deal with, we must seek Him to tell us the truth so that the lie will not be able to root itself again. And all it takes is one tiny mustard seed of faith to begin believing the truth. A Tiny Mustard Seed Is All It Takes to defeat the lies we have believed.
In The Garden
To get a better idea of this, think of a garden. Weeds tend to grow much faster than fruitful plants. When we want to pull out those dreadful weeds, it is much easier to wrench them out after we have watered the soil. After we have plucked out the weeds, the soil has room for healthy plants. Weeds are less likely to grow when the garden is full of healthy, vibrant, well-rooted plants.
So it is with our hearts. We need the Living Water to help us rid our hearts of the life sucking weeds of sin and bondage. But an exposed heart isn’t enough, it can’t be left like that. Leaving our hearts vacant of truth will allow those weeds to return and root themselves in our hearts. We must plant the truth of God’s word in our hearts so that we may prevent sin and hurts to grow there. Yes, they may begin to grow, they might plants seeds here and there, but, the more powerful, healthy truth will still be planted firmly.
Let’s continue on with more lies that we are faced with probably on a daily basis.
You Are Not Enough
Our enemy lies to us by telling us that who we are isn’t enough. If we were skinnier, we’d be happy. If we were more this or less that, then our lives would be better. You know what I am talking about. You’ve heard that same voice plenty of times. We all have. It’s the voice that makes us loathe ourselves. And we listen.
But, what if we refused to listen to that voice? What if we realized that we have a choice in which voice we believe? What if we started to feel a sense of awe in how our Loving Father has created us? That is what the Psalmist is encouraging us to do – He has knit us together (Psalm 139:13)! Be in awe of His amazing creation! I know this is difficult to do, but the more we cling to His word, the easier it becomes to believe.
God revealed this truth to me while singing the worship song Shout to The Lord. Right after I sang the line “I sing for joy at the work of Your hands.” (Psalm 92:4) I heard Him gently say to me, “Aimee, you are the work of my hands.” I couldn’t sing anymore after I heard that. It was a huge truth and it took time for me to process it.
We ought to sing for joy over His most magnificent creation – ourselves. Do you knit? Or know someone who does? If so, then you know knitting requires the complete use of both hands. Each intricate stitch entails accurate movements of the fingers. The end product is amazing and the creator is extremely proud of what is made, there is a feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment.
This is the same for our Creator. Our Heavenly Father looks at each of us, He looks at you, and He is so pleased. He knows what went into making you; He stitched every single fiber of your being into place. As He gazes upon your beautiful face, He is so full of joy and contentment.
You Are The Work Of His Hands
I know He wants you to believe that you are the work of His hands. Will you start believing that right now? Will you make the choice to believe it, even if it is just an inkling of belief? Just a mustard seed? Have you seen how tiny those seeds are? But that’s all it takes. A teensy, weensy mustard seed of faith.
You are enough just because you are the work of His hands. That is truth. That is the truth that you can plant in your heart. I made this little printable for you at the bottom of this post. Download, print it off, trim it and glue a tiny mustard seed on it. Place it somewhere to remind yourself of this wonderful truth.
Put On Your Royal Robes
We have to make the choice to believe Him. We have to take off the old, filthy tattered clothing and put on our new robes.
In Colossians, Paul instructs us to take off the old self and then put on the new. “put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him”. Jesus made it possible for us to be renewed and to take on the image of God. But we have to accept this gift.
Colossians 3:12 says that because we are the elect of God, in other words He has chosen us, then we must put on the characteristics of the new person. How would it look to you to see a princess wearing old, tattered, filthy clothing with her royal robes over top? Wouldn’t you hope that because she was royalty, that she would take care to not wear filthy, tattered garments, but instead choose to wear only her royal gowns.
We must choose to live like we are the elect of God – because we are! Therefore, get out that gorgeous royal robe and wear it confidently!
The Perfect Covering For Our Shame
Believing Satan’s lies brings shame. Satan loves to use shame to keep us bound up. We stay hidden, trying to conceal our shame. He has used shame since the beginning of sin! But God has given us the perfect covering for our sin and shame – the blood of Christ.
We are the Church, the Bride of Christ. Jesus is our King. Psalm 45:10-15 describes just how our King sees us.
Isn’t that amazing?
Think back to your wedding day. As you walked down the aisle, did you notice how your husband could not take his eyes off of you? He was infatuated with you. All he could see was how beautiful you are.
This is how Christ sees you.
In the passage above, did you notice that the bride had to leave her father’s house to be united with her king? There are certain things we need to leave behind; maybe even people we need to leave behind, in order to hold fast to our Saviour.
The princess left the old behind to embrace the new. She put on her royal robes and wore them with confidence.
A Beautiful Robe For A Beautiful Princess
God desires to bless us and I think it is more difficult for us to receive those blessings when we are moping around in our tattered, weather-beaten, filthy rags. If we believe we belong in those rags, then we will not accept the blessings He has for us. But, when we begin to believe the truth about ourselves, when we put on our royal robes, we will start to accept those blessings.
Are you ready to put on your robe of royalty?
Before we leave this topic of lies we believe, I want to give you some examples of the lies God has redeemed me from or is still redeeming me from – meaning my journey is not complete yet.
- the fear of being home alone
- the fear of someone stealing my children
- horrible nightmares – so much fear
- not worth fighting for
- fear that Marcus would leave me if I disappointed him
- being the forgotten one
- I have nothing good to say – my thoughts don’t matter
The last 2 are the ones I still struggle with from time to time. But, He has redeemed and restored me in so many other ways over the years, I am confident His work isn’t completed yet and He will redeem and restore these last 2 areas and any others that arise.
What shame have you been living under? What lies have you been listening to? Are you ready to allow God to deal with those lies and shame? Are you eager to hear His truth? Only His truth can dispel lies from the enemy.
Next week, we will take a look at keeping deadly secrets and how that affects our lives.
An 8×10 printable to help remind you that you are the work of His hands. Created for my post ” A Tiny Mustard Seed Is All It Takes“
Photo credit: Brianna Meeres
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