Ever look through some funky colored glasses – like green or red. It’s a little unnerving how the colors change the perspective of what you are seeing. Everything is weird. Skin looks sickly. Reality is skewed. Lies are like that. When we believe something that isn’t true we can’t see clearly. Things that are real look skewed because of our perspective. This probably isn’t shocking news to you. Most people know that lies mess with your head, but recognizing the lie and getting rid of it are two different things.
Recognition is an important step in any plan for change, but it is only the first step. Once the lie is recognized something must be done with it in order for there to be change. Recognizing that you have been viewing life through the lie that you are insignificant, or stuck, or too hurt to amount to anything or alone or ______ (insert lie here) does not immediately change the way you live, but is an important first step toward change.
Here’s a pathway that can make the difference.
- Write out the lie in sentence form.
- Take it to Jesus and repent for choosing to believe that lie – no matter how you received it you choose to coddle it and feed it and make it yours.
- Forgive those who contributed to your accepting that lie as truth.
- Ask for release from any strongholds attached to that lie – name them and take your time doing it.
- Request a truth to be revealed to take the place of the lie.
- Consider ways to refocus your new vision:
- Look up a scripture verse to back up the truth.
- See if there is a word picture to help you reference kingdom reality.
- Find a song that represents your new view.
- Work on a catch phrase that you can use to remind yourself of the truth.
- Ask God who He would like to reveal Himself to you as in this situation. (For ex. your Designer, your Friend, your Guide…)
7. Make a plan to revisit this concept on a regular basis– kind of like a scheduled self check-up.
Let me share an actual pathway of removing a lie from my life and maybe that will help.
I struggled, like most women, with the lie that “I am not attractive”. I took that lie to the Lord and followed the steps above. I found I even needed to forgive the American media for contributing to my believing that lie.
When I go to the truth part I had to be real. The fact is that I am not a model, I don’t have blond hair and I am not twenty-something. However, facts are often not the truth. The truth that God showed me was that “I am as attractive as I choose to be”. We all know people that are physically gorgeous but that we would rather not spend time with – they are not attractive – but I can be attractive as I guard who I am and how I come across. As I do this I find people want to spend time with me – they are attracted to me. Now, this does not mean I am going to let myself go – there is a responsibility I have to care for my body, but I no longer wish I was twenty something and I have made friends with the grey in my hair and the smile wrinkles around my face.
I have verses like “my youth being renewed like the eagles” and as I center myself in Him I am reminded of those I am drawn to because of their kindness and not necessarily their complexion.
Here’s the prayer I give out when people are dealing with lies:
Father, I can see now that I have believed the lie that ________________________ . I no longer choose to live my life or base my thoughts on this lie.
Please forgive me for choosing to make this lie a part of who I am and basing my thoughts upon it. I forgive everyone who has contributed to my thinking this way. (List as needed)
As Jesus has already won the victory I claim freedom from any attachments with darkness due to this lie. (List as needed.) Help me to break my thought patterns and any lifestyle choices connected with this lie. Help me to see how it has affected me and then help me instead to be conformed to be like Christ.
As I live my new life in Christ, I will now believe the truth that _____________ and the word of my testimony will be how You have set me free!
Have fun getting free! He paid for it – unwrap the gift!
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