PurposePursuit

Lies We Tell Ourselves

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Stop lying to Yourself! Photo by Richard Keele via flickr

The people of Israel were in the wilderness marching forward to take the promised land. Moses had them choose 12 men to go and spy the land and bring their report. On their return, 10 of the spies brought a negative report describing how huge the inhabitants of the land were and how small they looked in their eyes.

“So the majority report of the spies was negative: ‘The land is full of warriors, the people are powerfully built, and we saw some of the Anakim there, descendants of the ancient race of giants. We felt like grasshoppers before them, they were so tall!’”

Num. 13:31-33

What was wrong with the report of the 10 guys who were negative about the potentials of Israel to take the land God had promised her?
They saw things, allowed Satan interpret those things to them, they believed his lies and told those lies to themselves.

One of the biggest hindrances to the maximisation of our potentials is the fact that we lie to ourselves. This is actually a process. We allow Satan interpret our circumstances then we believe His report and tell same to ourselves.

I want to share some lies I believe we tell ourselves at some point in our lives and then share what God’s true Word says about those things. It is my hope that we will choose to accept and believe God Word no matter what we see, hear, or feel.

“It is all my fault.”

Under the combined powers of guilt and shame, we tend to blame ourselves for things most times beyond our control. We blame ourselves for the wrongs of others and the evil of the World system. While I believe we should take responsibility for our errors, we should not go to the extreme of believing Satan’s lies that we are always at fault. What we should do is to confess our sins, accept God’s offer of forgiveness and where instructed, we should make restitution and move on. Stop telling yourself God hates you. Stop thinking He is angry with you. He is not. He loves you passionately. That is the truth!

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. Rom 8:1 MSG

“I cannot do it”

This is a lie we tell ourselves sometimes in the aura of false humility. We must learn to objectively appraise our abilities understanding that if God asks us to do something, then we can do it. You can make that change. You can break that habit or addiction. You can make your desired grade in school. Yes you can!

I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. Phil 4:13-14 TLB

“I am not important”

This may be difficult to believe. But many of us actually preach how unimportant we are to ourselves every time we look at the mirror. This is a lie! Someone is looking for you in every person they meet. You are critical to God’s global plan. You are important. You are here because the world needs you! You are deeply significant.

God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are. Eph. 2:10 CEV

“I don’t have a gift.”

I hear this lie from many Christian folks all the time. Usually, I tell them to ask God for forgiveness because it is unfair for us to say God has not given us any gift. As our Creator, God made us for a Purpose and he has put into us all that we need to fulfil His purpose for our lives. God designed you with your assignment in view. You are loaded with potentials. You may not feel tremendously gifted, but God says you are!

But each has his own special gift from God, one of this kind and one of another. 1 Cor 7:7b AMP

We have the power to determine what happens to our lives by the kind of stuffs we tell ourselves. Satan can lie to us but his lies are without effect except by our appropriation. We need to learn to believe God’s report, confess God’s report and live out God’s report. We must stop lying to ourselves!

This is a very short list. You can add to it and let’s help ourselves live out the truth of what God says about us! Just drop a comment!

©2014, Alabi AimPurpose IfeOluwa
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