Why do I listen? I know the truth! But I keep listening to those self-defeating lies in my head. John 1:6 says, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” So, why don’t I just ignore the lies, and trust in God’s words instead? Jennifer Rothschild, a well-known women’s author, has just released her new book, Me, Myself & Lies. As soon as I heard about the book, it inspired me to write a song. I needed a broken record player to play over the negative self-talk with God’s truth. The first verse of my song speaks to this:
Have you ever heard the voice inside your head,
The one that says, you’re not good enough? Don’t listen!
Have you ever let the thought enter your mind,
You know the kind, that you’re not loved? Don’t listen!
Just clear your mind, You don’t have to go there this time–
Satan wants to feed us the lie that we’re not ever going to be good enough. I’ve heard that lie in my head, ya’ll–the struggle is real–I find myself constantly striving towards that “road to success” mentality out of my own selfish ambitions, or wanting others to view me as a success. The world looks at climbing the ladder of success and fame as the ultimate goal in life. But, God looks at success differently, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:10, ESV. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delights in his way.” Ps. 37:23. The Lord is always with us lovingly guiding us each step of the way. Our success is in direct correlation to our daily walking in step with God in faithful obedience; and, out of that springs forth joy and blessings. Those blessings are the truths we can remember to replace with those ugly lies.
Sometimes, Satan brings to your attention that you may be surrounded by people; but, you really are all alone in this world; or, you may be left alone or uncared for in the future. Or, that you’re not loved; because, well, who could love someone like you? These lies are from the pit of hell! Yes, we women may need to feel more secure than our counterparts, but let’s face it, we all have had similar thoughts. Please, send those lies back to hell where they came from; because, as a child of God, you are never alone, and you are always loved! Amen!
I’ll never forget being left behind at youth camp as a young girl. It was the last day, and we were all so hyped up from the week; and, in all the hustle and bustle, both vehicles loaded up the youth group and headed out–without me! I never felt so alone! It was kind of scary, especially, since home was a good 10 hours south of where I was. They finally figured out I was missing when they stopped about two hours down the mountain to tour a college campus. Thank goodness, we were reunited later, when a nice couple drove me down. Oh what a relief it was to see their familiar faces! But, as bad as it seemed, I was never really alone, and neither are you. Psalm 139:8 is a comforting thought, “Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” God will never leave us or forsake us! God loves us too much! God loves us so much that He sent His son to bear our sins upon a cross. I Pet. 2:24; I Jn. 4:9. In the chorus it says:
Don’t listen, don’t listen to the lies!
Don’t let yourself get mesmerized
Seek the truth, God’s speaking over you
Only His love can ease your mind
Don’t listen to the lies!
How many times do we let our minds paralyze us to the point where we can’t even focus on what we’re doing? Anxious thoughts, deceptive pondering, false realities, creep in tempting us to tune out. Our minds become set on depraved thinking instead of being set apart for kingdom work. “Set your mind on things above” not on the things of this world. We start believing the lies instead of seeing and hearing through spiritual eyes and ears.
Now it’s your turn:
Replace the lies with the truth of God’s word! I found a good song for you to meditate on–it’s Deuteronomy 32. You are the apple of His eye, and that’s no lie!