Understanding the Lies

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If we truly seek to embrace the full-life God has created for us, we cannot continue to believe lies which set themselves up against the knowledge of God. These lies lead to agreements and both equally prevent us from living a full life which God created for us. Let us all agree that there is work to be done. We must expose the lies, name the lies, and understand them before we go into battle against them. We want to destroy them and rightfully so because of all the hurt they have caused us. Not properly understanding them continues to make us vulnerable to their attacks.

Take a moment really quick to pray. This is no joke. Pray asking for God’s clarity, His protection, and His blessing as you begin to seek the truth from God.

How to Understand the Lies?

Keep in mind that the lies always have a purpose. So start by asking what purpose the lies serve in your life? What are the consequences of you believing the lie versus disproving the lie? If you cannot see the consequences, keep asking God to bring clarity to the process. Keep asking yourself about the consequences of believing the lie. For me personally, believing the lie keeps me from my Chazown, it keeps me from using my God-given gifts to glorify God, and ultimately it takes me out of the race God has called me to run. Believing the lie for me has great, eternal consequences.

Determine what is at stake here. These consequences ultimately effect God’s Kingdom. If I am not fulfilling the role or part which God created me to play, there is a need which is not being met. So, yeah… these lies have some real consequences. This is not just about me any longer. Trust me in that you will at some point believe that these struggles are isolated to you. Do NOT believe it…keep digging in. Do NOT be surprised if the Enemy shows up in the middle of this in some way. No, I am not saying he is going to magically appear in a red suit wearing horns. ;) Look for his fingerprints, be prepared to see his involvement in your lies, but DO NOT back down!

Caution

A word of warning. When you start to see evidence of the Enemy’s involvement in your lie(s), it is super easy to get scared, to feel intimidated, or to start doubting the process. It is not uncommon to be flooded with weird thoughts or emotions. You might start to think that I, Craig, am a little off-kilter and this is just not for you. Fair enough. I have to admit that all of this stuff can seem kind of strange, but I am not here to sell you on anything. I am simply sharing what is/has been happening in my story. I hope and pray that God will use this in the lives of others to help them find freedom from the lies. If you start down the path and the Enemy shows up, it is time to tell another believer you trust. In fact, I would encourage you to share this with another believer before starting down the path.

Moving Forward

Okay, so we have hopefully started to understand the consequences of believing the lie(s). Often the consequences will tie-together some other lies which you might have overlooked before. For me it is about convincing me I am not capable of doing what God has called me to do. So what does this look like? When I am chasing after my Chazown, I often face challenges which are well…challenging.

It is here where I start to hear/feel thoughts such as..

“I’m/You’re not smart enough”,
“I don’t understand this.”
“I‘ll never get this.”

Breaking It Down

For instance, I am working on a piece of code and I can not seem to get it to work. One of these thoughts will speak into the situation. I continue to battle through seeking a solution. Another tactic I’ll face is being overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with information, emotion or the sense that this is somehow beyond me. All of a sudden, I am faced with another thought of “I am not able to do this.” Programming is a funny field in which you can work at something for years and still feel less than qualified. These type of thoughts are not all specific to me, many programmers face these challenges. What is specific to my situation are the ways in which these lies work together to derail my future.

In the midst of all of this, it is extremely common for me to feel an overwhelming sense of fear. This fear is based on a different lie. This is where two lies come together for me. It is much like a boxing match. One of these lies on their own is not a devastating blow, but if you stack them together in a sequence they prove quite effective. Doubt-doubt, and FEAR! Doubt-doubt, and FEAR!

Finding Victory

When we start to understand the lie(s) we give ourselves a sense of hope. Combining the power of prayer with this process of understanding creates momentum. Seeking God in understanding the lie(s), pursuit of God’s truth, and continued prayer will lead to victories. These victories will provide you with the momentum you need to continue to move forward. Remember to stop and give God the glory all along the way. Before you know it you are on your way to the full-life God has promised us!

Naming the Lies

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Ideas are powerful. What we think about matters. What we believe ultimately determines our direction. The ideas or thoughts we believe in have the power to direct our steps. They impact our day-to-day whether you want them to or not. I am sure you have heard statements like these, but have you allowed a statement like one of these to grip you. To grip you so tight you actually had to act on it?

In a previous article, Seeds of Deception, I described a recent journey of discovery God lead me through while pursuing my dream or my Chazown. In this process, God revealed a chapter early in my life where the Enemy was busy working. He was busy planting ideas or seeds in my life which set themselves up against the knowledge of God. These seeds became agreements I made with the Enemy. It is one thing to see the Enemy working in your present situation, but have you ever looked back only to discover he was working in your past? The more I see his fingerprints in my life, the more tangible this battle becomes.

The Naming Process

So why bother naming the lies? Why spend time giving them a name? You discovered they existed, acknowledge them, deal with them, move on… right? Wrong! By naming them I keep them from hiding any longer in the recesses of my mind. I keep them from having a seat at the table. Now, by giving them a name, I can identify other thoughts or ideas which align themselves with these lies. Giving the lies a name is not about putting them in a place of honor, giving them a name is drawing the battle lines.

Waging War

Let us be clear, naming the lies is about waging war! It is saying, you once held me captive, but no more! Before I knew you existed, there was no way to reasonably fight against the lies. Before, you could easily disguise yourself as truth. Before, I cuddled up next to you because I thought I could trust you. Now I have given you a name. I have exposed you for the lies you really are!

The Practical Implications

Talking about this is a lot of fun, but really it is no good if it does not lead to something productive. What are we going to do once we have given the lies a name? I will stop you right there because I thought the same thing. I started asking what good will this do by naming them. I failed to spend time with each of the lies. My first inclination when naming them was to go to war. I was ready to throw down without knowing much about each of the lies. It is much like going into battle without a battle plan. Building a house without blueprints. Quite simply it is foolish!

Get to Know Your Enemy!

If step one is naming the lies, step 2 would be to understand the lies. Much like in battle, it is wise to know and understand your enemy (the lies) before going into battle against them. Next up I’ll spend time explaining how to understand the lies.

Sifting the Truth from the Lies

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Sifting the Truth from the Lies

What we believe dictates what we do and has the power to determine our life’s direction. So why is it we invest so little time defining our believes? We all have our excuses, but it ultimately comes down to intentionality. Intentionally investing the time to discover and define what we believe sets us up to create proper filters. Personally, I have learned the hard way how not having defined beliefs can wreak havoc on a life. In the past, not having defined beliefs, allowed the Enemy to utilize deception to utterly destroy areas of my life.

Knowing the what and the why when it comes to beliefs, will help us to filter good information from the bad. Filters play a vital role in helping us to sift truth from lies. With all of the information we are exposed to each day, there has never been a time where having a proper set of filters has been more important. Most of us would say we know what we believe, but we could not write out when pressed to do so.

Knowing the What

Knowing the what when it comes to our beliefs gives us a proper starting point. These are the basics, the essentials, the framework, these are our core beliefs and values. I recommend having some sort of study material which will lead you through this process. I tend to blank out if I sit down and try to write out my top five values or my essential values. I am by no means a subject matter expert in this area. If you are at a loss at which one to pick, I would recommend Chazown, by Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of Life.Church. This material has been a great help to me many times over. I cannot recommend it enough.

Knowing the Why

Even more important than knowing the what is to know the why when it comes to your core values and beliefs. Knowing your why will allow you to adapt and to filter things on the fly which are not exactly black and white topics. If we have nothing to write down in the what section, we should start there. Define your what when it comes to values and beliefs. Invest some time here. Do not be stingy when it comes to laying out your core values and beliefs. Keep in mind that largely your what will stay the same, but it does not have to be written in stone.

When it comes to backing up the what, I prefer to have concrete statements to defend the substance of my what. Not just feelings or “just because” statements, but actual support. Think scripture references or quotes from books which speak clearly to the topic at hand. If the Bible does not speak directly to the topic, you might list verses which have lead you to believe one way or another. The Bible may not spell it out for you, but the verses can paint a good picture as to how you arrived at a certain side of a value or belief.

Just to Be Clear

I want to be clear that I have NOT arrived when it comes to anything on this subject matter. I am writing this recognizing a place I want to be at rather than a place of arrival.

Let’s Get Practical!

I would encourage you to take small steps. Break up the process into manageable chunks. Start by watching a few videos of Chazown if you are stuck. Do not feel like you have to figure it out all in one setting. It took me many, many sessions. Spread it out. Make it fun! Know that the time you spend giving some definition to your what and why will provide you with the arsenal to fend off the lies of the Enemy. This time has distinct purpose and power!

“What we choose to believe in our lives has the power to raise us up or derail our lives for all eternity.” -Author Unknown