“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32
I am convinced that at the root of every anxiety is a lie. Lies are so powerful because they keep me in bondage. They tempt me to doubt who God is and what He says about me.
I find that especially when I’m tired or physically weak, the lies of the Enemy have more power in my life. During these times I need to be especially alert and aware of potentially dangerous thoughts that so easily creep into my mind.
I fear that God isn’t trustworthy.
I’m temped to believe that life is a series of disappointments and losses.
I question if this world is all there is.
I feel a need to manipulate and control situations in order to be safe.
I fear that I’m not enough.
I am convinced that I need to do more to earn the love of God.
I feel pressure to perform perfectly in order to be accepted.
It’s so easy to accept these lies from the enemy and allow them to take residence in my mind.
However, I also know from personal experience that the truth conquers every lie. The truth sets me free and brings light to every dark corner of my mind.
God brings the truth into my life in so many different ways— through His Word, a friend or mentor’s encouragement, an uplifting sermon or book, words prayed over me, or simply through time in the quiet listening to His voice. In these times I remember who God is and what He says about me.
I remember that God is trustworthy even when situations seem hopeless.
I am convinced that God is using every disappointment and loss to draw me closer to His heart.
I remember that the life I prize is coming. One day all things will be restored.
I know that I am safe simply resting in my Father’s love.
I am confident that I am more than enough.
I realize that there is nothing I could ever do to make God love me any more or any less.
I recognize that the opinion of man is insignificant compared to how God sees me.
Recently I started keeping a journal of the words and promises God has spoken to me. This includes Bible passages that have ministered to me, words and prayers that people have spoken over me, ideas from sermons and books that have resonated with my heart, and words that God has spoken to me during times of solitude. I try to read this list each morning when I wake up and each night before I go to bed. I can’t tell you how powerful this practice has been in reshaping my thought life.
Little by little, these truths are starting to seep into the deepest parts of my heart.
And the lies that have become ingrained in my mind have no choice but to flee.