It is a snowy, icy, cold day here in Ohio on this the 2nd day of March. Normally, I go to church on Saturday nights but last night I chose to babysit some kids and planned to go this morning. I woke up and saw how many churches were closed and decided I’d stay in and watch a podcast from Elevation Church (who I reference all the time because I love the preaching from Steven Furtick). So post sermon-watching from the series related to Furtick’s book Crash the Chatterbox (which I recently started reading but am avoiding continuing until I finish the other book I’m reading), here I sit in my grandma sweater (actually I believe it’s a a man’s sweater… I got it from the thrift store, 3 sizes too big and comfy as ever) pondering all that I heard in Furtick’s sermon and also what I just read in my other book – Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge.
Both talked about lies.
In His perfect Wisdom, God knew I needed to hear about this topic over the past couple days, as I had decided based on His prompting that in March I’d fight for truth and to win the fight inside me. I mean, I know it’s an ongoing battle, but March is about marching off on the right foot (har har).
Crash the Chatterbox the book and the sermon series is about the chatterbox of what we hear going on in our head. We can choose to believe the lies we tell ourselves and the lies the enemy tells us or we can crash it. I haven’t read the book and I haven’t finished the sermon series, but the only way I know to crush the lies of the enemy is with the truth of my Creator.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Eldredge touches on this in her book too. Here are some noteworthy quotes on the topic:
Spiritual warfare is designed to separate you from the love of God. Its goal is to keep you from living in the freedom that Jesus has purchased for you. Satan whispers to us when we have failed or sinned or are feeling horrid that we are nothing or no one. (p 171)
In order to recognize a lie, we need to know the truth. (p 172)
Descartes famously wrote, ‘I think, therefore I am.’ I would add a fill-in-the-blank in each phrase. I think I am ____, therefore I am _____. I think I am kind, therefore I am kind… (p 171)
Whoa – let’s talk about that last one. She lists lots of positive examples, but I started thinking about the bad things I think about myself. Let me put a real tender one out there as an example:
I think I am unworthy of love, therefore I am unworthy of love.
Yikes. When I started thinking about this, my eyes got big, my heart got heavy, and I even started to feel a little pit in my stomach. Look at the lies I was believing, and in essence, therefore becoming. My heart broke for what I was believing about myself and how ultimately I was becoming those things. It’s like a circular battle, then. You believe it so you become it, you become it and it’s true. It’s no longer a lie you have the choice to believe, it’s the truth of who you’ve become.
Eldredge gives a good example of a prayer to quickly pray for each lie you have believed, and to remember anytime in the future you find yourself believing a lie:
I renounce this lie. I break every agreement I have been making with my Enemy. I renounce the agreement that [I am overwhelmed; I’ll am overhwelmed; I’ll never get free; I hate so-and-so; I am stupid, ugly, fat depressed – NAME IT, and BREAK with it]. I renounce this in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
You can see that picture is from www.daughterbydesign.wordpress.com but it is from the most perfect post about lies and spiritual warfare in your mind. Go read it. I stumbled upon it just looking through pinterest for an appropriate picture or quote, more on this subject. Now I follow her blog and thoroughly enjoy all of her posts!
So here’s the good and bad news, all at once: realizing there is a battle going on is good, now you are able to arm yourself and to fight. That means, however, that as you become stronger and more able to deflect the lies by believing the Truth, the enemy is going to fight you harder. But have faith! Resist the devil and he WILL flee from you (James 4:7)!