I believe a lie that affects everything I do.
Just like in the Garden of Eden when Satan says to Eve, "Did God really say?!?" (Genesis 3:1), the enemy also whispers lies to you and me, friend.
This past weekend we (the Etch girls) were apart of the Imperfectly Brave weekend (IBKC). Those girls are our dear friends and a sweet gift from the Lord. We have walked side-by-side these past 3 1/2 years because we both started our ministries at the same time. In fact, we launched Etch at the very first Imperfectly Brave weekend, so we always get super nostalgic at the IBKC weekend.
This year's theme was UNLEASHED - unleashing us, as women, to be free from the bond of sin and shame and to step into God's grace and freedom. My favorite moment may have been when Whitney Putnam was reading Romans 8:1 - "There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus." Right as she finished reading that verse, there was a huge clap of thunder. God put a big ole exclamation point on that verse!
We also talked about the lies we believe that prevent us from being affective for the Lord. It was beautiful and powerful and all.the.things. And, I'm sure if you asked each of the over 200 women who attended what they took away from the weekend, it would be something different. Because God was working individually in each one of us.
I might also be saying that because of this one lie I believe. I'm a little scared to say it out loud, but here goes...
I believe that I will never be enough - that someone can always do it better.
You can name any role or task or thing I do and I could answer that I'm not confident in that role or task or thing I do because "so and so" can do it better than me.
Some days go by and I don't share on social media with our Etch community. The truth is most of the time that I start to, I hear, "What do you have to offer? 'So and so' could write a better post than you." Other areas of my life are affected by this lie too...I hear of a family in need who needs a meal. Why don't I sign up to take a meal to a family in need? Someone else can cook a better meal for sure. Why don't I disciple someone? Someone knows more than me about following the Lord. I could go on, but you get the idea.
Someone else is always better.
This lie has been a thing for me FOR YEARS and I wasn't able to articulate it until this weekend. I didn't even consciously know it was there. Satan was using it to hold me back and it was working.
Thankfully God, in all His goodness, gave me some truth. Monday was a work from home day, which means I had a quiet house and a chance to hear my own thoughts. It also meant I could get caught up on podcasts and this is one that was just for me... I listen to Lisa Whittle all the time, but this one God placed on her heart to share for me. Well, maybe you too, so please listen to it. It's so good...
The wisdom from this podcast doesn't solve all my problems, though. It takes time and prayer and bringing it into the light. Because I have believed this lie for so long, it is going to take a lot of work to retrain my mind. As my college pastor used to say, replace the lies with truth tapes. Our minds are a battleground so we need to have our ammunition ready.
Here are three verses I'm using to start playing truth tapes :
- Philippians 4:6-7 –– Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:8 –– Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 –– For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
What verse do you use to combat the lies?