I’ve been working through a workbook to a book I read a number of years ago — Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s Lies Women Believe and now, the corresponding workbook. I’ll be writing more on this. So, I’ve been rereading some things I read years ago and marveled that I’m still dealing with several of the same struggles. Interestingly, it’s part of what’s gotten me to work on habits, thought patterns and more. I’d been wanting to work through/eliminate the struggles, but it’s always too daunting to revisit painful areas of life or, realizing how little progress I’ve made and the why’s behind the what’s happening now in some of my thoughts and reactions to things makes resolutions difficult. But one thing I’m continually reminded of is the great fact that when things aren’t going right or my thoughts and reactions aren’t right, they can usually be traced back to a lie I’ve believed or something I’ve not recognized as a lie — but a lie nonetheless: something contrary to what God says. Thus, when struggles come, there’s a decision that must be made at that juncture: Am I going to fall into the lie? Am I going to entertain the lie (about myself or about my situation or about someone else)? Or, am I going to ask: What does God say about this — what has God done about this — What is true here? Again, troubles and temptations we face can usually be traced back to a lie we’ve believed. And our next actions need to be based on Truth — or we’ll repeat the same sin spiral.
I viewed some of Nancy’s clips and then came across this one with Jennifer Rothschild and thought it might be helpful to someone today — now, some of this breaks down and there could be some argument as to some aspects of the points, so I encourage grace here so that the Truths can be understood and some freedom realized. I took notes and posted them below the clip for you:
Here’s a mini recap:
Lie #1: Who I am and what I struggle with is the same thing.
I am my weakness. My struggle identifies me – my weakness defines me. Your struggle is not what defines you, it’s what God can use to refine you. We are not the culmination of what we’ve failed at… who we are is a reflection of God’s strength in our weakness. Who you are is not what you struggle with. Who you are is who God says you are.
Lie #2: Who I am and What I do is the same thing.
You are not a human doing – you are a human being. Our identity is not what we do, it’s who He says we are. It’s a lie to base our identity upon what we do — we must base our identity on what God says; His Word never changes.
Lie #3: Who I am is not good enough.
When we live with a Performance driven mentality, rather than a Provision driven mentality, we’ll inevitably feel like what we do is not good enough, because we don’t always perform perfectly and we make the mistake of associating our performance with what makes us acceptable. And that’s not true. But when we live with a Provision driven mentality, we recognize that what God has performed on our behalf or what He’s provided is always acceptable.
So, here’s Jennifer’s advice, are you believing lies? check out your behaviour…. it reveals what you believe. Look in the New Testament — seek all the I AM statements about Jesus. See who He is. Make the connection: How does His life, His identity impact your life, impact your identity and how does that impact your belief system and therefore, your behaviour.