Who Told You That?
I have a very dear friend who challenges me. (I hope you all have a friend like this in your life.) One day I was sitting across from her in her office and pouring out all my emotions, words, and thoughts. I used phrases like, "I'm just not great at such and such" and "I won't ever be able to do such and such." Then, in wisdom and with the open door to my life she knew she had, she looked at me from behind her desk and said, "Who told you that?"
It was one of the very first times I remember pausing and realizing that my friend was being used by the Lord to speak to me directly. She knew what God's word said and allowed the Lord to speak through her that day to help bring healing to my heart. And the hurt was as clear as day. I had bought into a lie. I had just relayed to her what the very real enemy of my soul, Satan, wanted me to believe about myself and that situation. I had bought it hook, line and sinker. It wasn't until my friend stopped me in my tracks with that phrase that I even thought for the first time that those thoughts might not be true!
That is how the enemy works. The father of lies, Satan (John 8:44), can only speak in his native tongue - lying. There is no truth in him. He has no new tricks and comes to kill, steal and destroy our lives. (John 10:10) He often does this by getting us to believe lies or even half-truths about who we are and what we can or cannot do.
The father of truth, our precious loving Jesus (John 14:6), speaks in His native language - truth - because he is inherently truth and operates only in love. He cannot depart from his nature - Praise God!
To figure out what to believe, you first must know what is being said.
As believers, we need to cling to the truth of God's word and go to that source to find out what He is saying about us. Here are just a few to get you started:
• I am a child of God.
But for all who did receive and trust in Him, He gave them the right to be reborn as children of God; (John 1:12).
• I am a friend of Jesus.
I don't call you servants any longer; servants don't know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends. (John 15:15).
•My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
We know this: whatever we used to be with our old sinful ways has been nailed to His cross. So our entire record of sin has been canceled, and we no longer have to bow down to sin's power. (Romans 6:6).
• I will not be condemned by God.
Therefore, now no condemnation awaits those who are living in Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King,(Romans 8:1).
• I have been accepted by Christ.
So accept one another in the same way the Anointed has accepted you so that God will get the praise He is due. (Romans 15:7).
• I am a new creature in Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• I am God's workmanship created to produce good works.
For we are the product of His hand, heaven's poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago. (Ephesians 2:10).
• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. (Philippians 4:7).
• God supplies all my needs.
Know this: my God will also fill every need you have according to His glorious riches in Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King. (Philippians 4:19).
• I have been made complete in Christ.
You, too, are being completed in Him, the One who has dominion over all rule, all authority. (Colossians 2:10)
These verses represent just a small number of scriptures in the Bible that explain the truth about who you and I are (and remember, God can only speak the truth). When we memorize the scriptures and allow them to be more than just words (Psalm 119:11), it is like putting a "who told you that" filter in front of our minds and hearts. When we do, we can hold up what we believe next to the truth and the authority of scripture and see how it aligns. If it doesn't line up - you know you've bought into a lie of the enemy. So, that means it's time to stare him down and begin to say what is true over your life and let your heart and thoughts align with the loving heart and thoughts of Jesus.
As an aside but important note: I'm a big fan of a real-live paper Bible. There is nothing wrong with reading scripture online or in an app, that is an incredible tool, but there is something very special about turning the pages of an actual Bible and underlining the words on the page. Find a version you love and I promise you'll never regret the time you spend there.
This week - ask yourself - what lies are you allowing yourself to believe, and what truth in God's word can you use to combat that? Then, memorize that scripture and stand firm on it, having confidence that what God says about you is the only truth that matters.