I had an awful experience at fifteen. An event I hid for years. Funny how hiding an experience doesn’t stop it from influencing our thoughts and beliefs. A lie took up residence in my heart and mind and it took years of hard work to uproot it. Maybe you have believed this lie yourself.
The Lie – I am unloveable
The truth that verifies the lie
Our lives are filled with experiences that seem to verify the lies we believe. In this case – unloveable-ness. We get dumped, someone abandons us, friends come and go, our spouse cheats on us, someone dies, we feel lonely, sometimes it seems like our prayers hit the ceiling and God doesn’t care. If we look for them, we can come up with a million events to verify what we might believe – that we are unloveable.
The truth that refutes the lie
…and our lives are filled with good things, although we may neglect noticing them. We have successful relationships, sometimes we feel like God does hear us, and there are people who care about us. But these things seem small tokens of happenstance in the shadows of the lie we believe.
The ultimate truth
…but when there seems to be more truth verifying our lies than evidence to the contrary…we must lean on the ultimate truth – scripture.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 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.” Romans 8:38-39
It’s in our nature to look for evidence that supports what we already believe. It doesn’t matter what lie we tell ourselves…we can usually find life-based/circumstantial truth to support it.
What we must decide is if our circumstances and life experiences will scream louder than the truth of God’s Word.
Will we believe His Word at face value, or try to verify the lies that grind against everything He made us to be – freedom filled daughters of the King.
When we dwell on unchanging truth rather than circumstantial evidence to the contrary, our view of truth begins to change.