You're a failure.
You're too weak.
LIES. All of them. But these are the things we run to first to believe. Any of these sound familiar? Do you suffer from the internal chaos of internal voices speaking internal lies that paralyze and destroy you? You're not alone, but you're not without help. Every time these voices emerge within you're mind, they are replaying lies. Victims of verbal abuse are particularly vulnerable to the lies. Shame destroys the very soul. Shame is the great prison cell that keeps people believing they have no worth and no value.
Our minds become programmed with the patterns of these lies and they also become used to their messages. The only way to be free is to replace the lies with the truth. The only place we find truth is in the Word of God.
God promises to remove shame from all who seek Him.
"And you will be called priests of the LORD, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. "For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them." (Isaiah 61:6-8 NIV)
Jesus is the One in whom we find the removal of shame.
For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." (1 Peter 2:6 NIV)
Jesus remakes ordinary people into extraordinary servants.
"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13 NIV)
Faith in Jesus is the key to understanding limitless potential.
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20 NIV)
If there is any "truth" in all of the lies we've received, it is true that we have chosen to partner with them. Have you every had someone tell you, "That is NOT true about you! You should not believe that garbage about yourself!" I have. Everyone who experiences shame has made the choice to let the lie become their truth. We need God's help to be set free! There is a big difference between an evil-doer and a person who has been immersed in evil-speaking and knows nothing different. Evil-doers don't want God. Those who've been immersed in evil speaking want God, they just don't know how to find Him and think they are hopeless and helpless. There are no human damaged goods beyond repair on this earth. God made you ... God knows you ... God hears you ... He wants you to believe HIS truth as the banner over your life!
"They exchanged the truth of God for a lie..." (Romans 1:25a NIV)
Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32 NIV)
Are you a disciple of "the lies" or are you a disciple of THE TRUTH. All truth leads to freedom. It is time for you to reach out to God and have the all-too-familiar chains of your past broken and have your shame removed. It is time to walk into healing and freedom. It's time to forsake the devil and his vicious, paralyzing lies, and realize that you have LIMITLESS POTENTIAL IN CHRIST! May Jesus be forever praised!
You can. with Jesus.
You are. a beloved person of worth to God.
You'll never. be without help from above.
You lack. nothing because of access to His power and authority.
You're not. limited in any way.
Do try. and trust God for the result.
You're a success. because Jesus is with you always.
Don't bother. with the lies... Go for the Truth!
You're adequate. Because God says you are in Him!
You're too weak. But He is so very Strong!
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.