I believed a lie for two decades. It was something I had been told when I took ballet as an 8-year-old, and some of the other students commented on my appearance. They said, “You are fat,” which my mind translated into, “You are not good enough.” It felt like a poison dart, and it affected my self-perception. You might struggle with the same lie, or perhaps the lies you believe differ. Holding close to truth is the way we root out deception and take God at His word. We must devote ourselves to search out and find truth.
This means we are dedicated to learning what God thinks about us. When we do this, the impact of the opinions and accusations of others will be diminished. God helped me untangle the knots of self-deception so I would be free to experience His truth. God’s Word cut through the lies and ushered in the truth of His love: “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness,” Jer. 31:3 (NIV). When I heard, applied, and believed what God said about me, I could love myself, my body, and appearance, just the way God made me.
When you feel guilty, it is difficult to move forward. But we don’t have to be victimized by our past, held captive to our thoughts, or imprisoned by how others perceive us. Trusting God moves us ahead unhindered; our progress becomes secure as we apply God’s word to our circumstances and allow Him to move us from deception to truth. It helps to take control of our thoughts and say His word out loud. The truth of Romans 8:1 break through guilt, shame, blame, and unworthiness: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Let God defend you and free you through the power of His word.
Dear Father, thank you for your word. I ask for you to show me the lies I have believed. Help me find scripture references that cut through them and bring in the truth. Renew my view Lord; show me what is true. Thank you for loving me with an everlasting love and for freeing me from condemnation. You have set me free, indeed. In Jesus’s Name, Amen