All my life, the world has been feeding me lies of the enemy. But these are no ordinary lies –they’re lies you’ve grown up hearing all your life. They’re lies that you believe. When you grow up hearing lies, they tend to stick with you and you forget that they are lies. Maybe someone hasn’t necessarily voiced a lie that you believe –it could be someone who said they weighed 100 pounds on their wedding day– you begin to think that that is expected of you as well.
Additional to the lie above (Yeah right! Me? 100 pounds? Ha), here are some lies that I have begun to notice: The more skin that you show off, the more attention you’ll receive. Sexy is good. Fast is good and essential and demanded. Love and lust are equal. You can’t be in a relationship without being deeply sexually active. Dirty is not bad anymore. Once you get to the line, you might as well cross it. After you have sex, you lose all sense worth. Life is not complete without a boyfriend. The less you eat, the better you look. To be beautiful, you have to be athletic. When you sit, be sure to sit at just the right angle so that your legs look slim. Don’t breathe from your diaphragm, but breathe so that your breasts move. Name brand clothes give you more worth. Money can buy happiness.
These are a few lies from the enemy that I have been told all my life. I believed them and didn’t even notice. All these go against the work of God. And, all these go against the word of God.
It’s a lie that you can’t make it in a relationship without having sex, because with God, you can wait until marriage. It’s a lie that the less you eat and the more you work out, the better you will look –God created you to eat and to decide to be healthy, and God created you to be beautiful just the way you are. It is a lie that you must have a boyfriend –God completes you and gives you your significance, not a boyfriend and definitely not sex. It’s a lie that being sexy and showing skin is the only way to look cute or attractive –being cute and modest together is always possible.
Those lies are all around us, they are intense and they are relentless. The problem is that we believe them or we don’t even notice that they’re there. We ignore them or we support them. We don’t know what to do with them because we’ve grown up hearing them. We don’t realize that we can get rid of these lies and we can battle them.
Action is key here. No more laziness. We have to actively fight these lies because the enemy comes to destroy (John 10:10). This is what we have to do to. First, we have to ask God to bring these lies to our attention (Psalm 25:4). Then we have to stop believing them (1 Corinthians 10:5). Next, we have to take up our Bibles and the scriptures that God has given us, and we have to demolish and destroy any lie that the enemy brings up (Ephesians 6:11). Finally, we have to replace the lies with the truth, which is the word of God (Isaiah 55:8).
Take your stand against the lies. I’m praying for you.