The Lies We Believe

Here we are at Week 2 of my 100 Days to Brave series with quite the provocative title. The Lies We Believe. I don’t know about you, but there are many lies I believe about myself. I do know they come from Satan before anyone feels compelled to comment on that truth, but, for me, it’s a little more complicated than that. Because, I get confused when I think about how to combat these lies. Between the biochemical imbalance in my brain and thinking that I always need to pretend everything is okay if I’m going to be seen as a “good Christian”, I’m not sure how to claim God’s victory over what Satan is trying to make me believe. I do my best though, and that’s what I want to focus on today–how God provides a way through Satan’s lies for me.

 

The first way is through music. I listen to Christian music each morning between when my husband leaves for work and my son and I begin our home school. There is a lot of good music out there which inundates my mind with God’s truths and begins my day on a positive note. I play one song, in particular, several times a day. It is a song called “Wedding Day” by Casting Crowns. The first time I listened to the lyrics, I could hardly believe it. It was exactly how I felt about myself. Here are the lyrics so you can see for yourself.

 

“There’s a stirring in the throne room
And all creation holds it’s breath
Waiting now to see the bride groom
Wondering how the bride will dress
And she wears white
And she knows that she’s undeserving
She bears the shame of history
But this worn and weary maiden
Is not the bride that he sees
And she wears white, head to toe
But only he could make it so

 

When someone dries your tears
When someone wins your heart
And says your beautiful
When you don’t know you are
And all you’ve longed to see
Is written on his face
When love has come and finally set you free
On that wedding day
On that wedding day

 

She has danced in golden castles
And she has crawled through beggar’s dust
But today she stands before him
And she wears his righteousness
And she will be who he adores
And this is what he made her for

 

When someone dries your tears
When someone wins your heart
And says your beautiful
When you don’t know you are
And all you’ve longed to see
Is written on his face
When love has come and finally set you free
On that wedding day
On that wedding day

 

When the hand that bears the only scars
And heaven touch her face
And the last tears she’ll ever cry
Are finally wiped away
And the clouds roll back as he takes her hand
And walks her through the gates
Forever we will reign

 

When someone dries your tears
When someone wins your heart
And says your beautiful
When you don’t know you are
And all you’ve longed to see
Is written on his face
When love has come and finally set you free
On that wedding day
On that wedding day”

 

This song tells me Jesus considers me worth it even though I know I don’t deserve it, even though I’m ashamed of what I’ve done and what I’ve been through, and even though I know I’m not beautiful. And I don’t say those last words to garner any kind of attention. I know I’m not beautiful and not worth it. At least, this world considers me not beautiful. But Jesus does, and that’s what makes this life worth it! When I listen to “Wedding Day” and other songs like it, it’s easier to believe the truths of God and not believe the lies of Satan.

The second thing I do is read Scripture and pray. There are so many Bible verses that reflect my feelings of the moment. I’m grateful I can read each one and claim victory over whatever’s going on knowing that even though the situation might not be fixed, my God hears and understands what I face even if no one else does. I also pray. There’s nothing that beats talking directly to my Lord and Savior. I talk to Him and listen to His guidance. Even if I don’t have the specific words for my prayer, He can still hear my heart which settles my heart when nothing else does.
Finally, I spend time with children when I need to see and hear God’s truths. There’s something about the honesty of a child and playing with a child that takes me straight to Jesus. I had that experience last night with two little girls at my church, and it was wonderful! During the event, we played school, walked around the auditorium, colored pictures, galloped like horses, and ate dinner. (There was a football game on the big screen? 😉 ) I also pushed the younger girl on a riding toy. There was no pressure to achieve, no pressure to fit in, no pressure period. I was able to experience a truer sense of myself than I usually do and was able to just breathe. God gave me that, and I am so very grateful!
As I wrap this up, I want to issue a warning to those who are trying to navigate their way through Satan’s lies and to those who want to try to help them. I say this because some Christian adults can be the hardest to talk to about the head and the heart. They think victory can be claimed by a prayer and a statement that whatever’s going on is a lie of Satan. And while this can be true, a lot of people have the tendency to claim a victory and move on to the next person who needs their “help” leaving the person suffering from depression and hearing Satan’s lies alone once more. No, time must be invested and a relationship must exist before trying to help someone combat Satan’s lies and the person wanting to help must be willing to open their heart as well. We are all broken, and God wants us to show our authentic, broken selves as we live together in community. I pray that God will give us all the courage to be authentic with each other.
God’s blessings on you all today!
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