What comes to our mind when we think about God, is the most important thing about us. Our perspective of God is foundationally what we believe about everything else.
So, what are the lies that can plague our thinking and hinder our relationship with God? It could very well be a lie that we have pondered on not even realizing it until now.
As you read further, I want you to consider the following… It’s not enough to ask, “do I believe this lie?” It is vital to ask “do I live as though I believe this lie?”
“God is not good.”
I have not had the audacity to say out loud that God was not good. I mean I was the main one in church, repeating after the Pastor, God is good! We know theologically that God is good, but deep down in our hearts, there’s a notion, that He may not be good to me.
In essence I believe this lie is at the forefront of the enemy’s tongue, because when fully grasp this lie that God is not good, then our life will seize all that we believe.
If you have any doubt about God’s goodness, go back and read the bible. We can see His goodness throughout the entire book! To be more specific, in Genesis, the first two chapters it states that everything He made was good.
When challenging times come, we may want to doubt His goodness, but the truth is that God IS GOOD! When we doubt the goodness of God, we can become justified in making our own decisions about right and wrong. Whether we believe it or not, God doesn’t gain satisfaction in our suffering. He is not removed from what we face but is always good to us. Psalms 119:68 tells us, “God is good, and everything He does is good.”
“God doesn’t love me.”
This lie is no small matter and the implications of this lie affect everything surrounding us. Our relationship with others and our lives are impaired. God’s love is not based on what good or wonderful thing or how great of a person we are, nor is it based on anything we have done or could do. It’s not based on our performance, and it’s not something we can earn. God’s love is infinite, incomparable, and no matter if we feel loved, or not, God IS love!
If` this seed of deception has been planted in your mind, please hear my heart, GOD LOVES YOU! Do not be enslaved any longer by the lie that God doesn’t love you, be hopelessly enslaved in the truth that He does! Romans 5: 6-10 (AMP)
6 While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly. 7 Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to willingly give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a good man [one who is noble and selfless and worthy] someone might even dare to die. 8 But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].
3.“God is just like my father.”
I absolutely struggled for years to believe that God or any man for that matter would really love me. Coming from an abusive home, I believed this lie and emotionally was stuck. I suffered from fear, anxiety, trust issues, and insecurity from the abuse I sustained. I’m sure I’m not the only woman that went through this and if you have while reading this blog today, please know and comprehend what I am about to write. God IS NOT like your father!
As women we tend to view God through the same lens that we view our biological fathers. Our perception of God is shaped by the bad experiences of men we have known whether it’s through sexual or physical abuse, abandonment, rejection, distance, criticism, or overbearing characteristics.
The idea that God can be a father to us, and not just a father, but a good father, is enough to make you squirm. The truth is that God is vastly different from any man you have encountered. As quoted by an author, “men at their very best are flawed representations of God.”
4.“God is not enough.”
Do you really believe that if God were all you had, that He would be enough? I must admit that for the longest time, I was not aware of Him being enough. The way I lived my life was a full disclosure of what I believed. God was not enough to handle my problems. He was not sufficient enough to deal with what I had going on. I looked to everything else to fill the void in my heart. I needed my friends, my children, my job, my family, my way, my shopping, my food to be what I thought to be essential in my life.
The fact of the matter was that I would obtain those things and still be left empty. When we begin to desire God above all the worldly things, we will find bedrock assurance that His grace is enough for us.
In every season and in every situation, He is my portion forever (Psalms 73:25-26). As my husband says, “You can take a slice of God and be good.” You will never fully grasp that God is all you need, until all you have is Him!
5.“God should fix my problems.”
This lie is very destructive in two ways: it gives us the impression that God is a genie in a bottle. Rub the bottle and poof He shows up. And when our problems are not fixed, we want to further believe that God didn’t come through for us. Also, this lie suggests that we are to live problem free. I can remember thinking that I can tell God my problem and then mandate Him to solve it without me putting any effort into fixing my problem.
As my children would say “Bruh”, I walked around angry, resentful, and frustrated. I believed that if I accepted Christ, went to church, and turned from my wicked ways, God would spare me the problematic life. I was completely deceived and if you believe this way as well, Girl! Let’s change it!
The truth is life is hard, that is no doubt. But the good news is, that God is not detached or removed from our problems. He is a very present help in our time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). God uses pressure and problems to mold and shape us, to make us more like Him. Jesus learned obedience through His suffering (Heb 5:8). God’s presence involves providing us with the strength, comfort, and grace to endure.
Now that I have given you the truth; let it capture your heart, mind, and provoke the change needed to become fully accepting of what God should be and who He really is to us.