The Many Lies that Devalue Us
Our enemy’s (our self-governed will) greatest weapon is lies. Therefore our greatest power is truth (the substance of faith and belief). If we believe lies, they have tremendous power over us. If we know and believe the truth, they are powerless. Knowing the truth is how we are able to trample on serpents and scorpions, and have all power over the enemy Luke 10:19. It’s a LOVE for the truth that protects us. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10
Of the lies that abound, some of the deadliest and most pervasive are in regards to devalue. Devalue of ourselves that we are replaceable, worthless, useless, and unwanted. Devalue of others that they are replaceable, worthless, useless, less, and unneeded. Devalue of God’s power and love in our lives. Devalue of the importance of truth. Devalue of sex, marriage, and relationships. Devalue of women and men and various nationalities and who they are as God created them. Devalue of everything. If you take time to look around you will see that lie is eating away at the souls of many people in a multitude of ways, perhaps eating away at your own soul; it has mine . . . until I sought the truth. That is what the enemy, our self-detemined will does – he or she creates messages of devalue sometimes wrapped up in glittering paper of power, control and life. And the lies start the moment we are born.
Further, it’s a lie of our internal enemy telling us want we can’t be or can’t do. God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think. Ephesians 3:20 Nothing is too hard or impossible for Him. He knows no boundaries, neither should we.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Our lying self hits us from all sides. He or she tries to devalue who we are as well as God. If she can minimize our beliefs in God then she wins for we live by faith – faith in who God is, who He is to us and who we are to Him. Our beliefs are everything. If our beliefs are full of lies, then our lives suffer for it because we think, feel, and act based on our beliefs. This is why God instructs us to get wisdom, to get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 He has given us all we need – His Word and His Spirit to teach us all things. We only need to seek with a heart to know the truth.
Let me tell you who you are. What God told me the other morning.
You are irreplaceable and of infinite value. For God to give His son to save your life shows the extent of your value. Would we give up our precious innocent child for someone undeserving? Even if they were deserving? The fact that you don’t believe in the value you have and therefore act out a life of devalue doesn’t make it truth. Your true purpose is far greater than you can imagine. You were created by a God to be unlike any other. It’s the lies believed then acted upon that corrupt what was good.
God created you with a uniqueness unlike any other. Because of your uniqueness there is a place for you to fill in this world that no one else can. People make up a huge puzzle. No puzzle piece is the same and each one is crafted and shaped to fill a certain place in this world and in the lives of others. Acts 17:26 We are all needed to complete the whole; no piece can fill another’s spot. This is how God made you. This is how you need to treat yourself, others, and your relationship with Him.
Each relationship is different in that each person is unique so when two come together that relationship is unlike any other. A relationship with one child is different from another though you love them both the same. Each one of us has a unique relationship with other people and each one with God because we are different. There is no one that can replace us in any relationship. That’s why God desires all of us to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 Anyone would be a great loss. This uniqueness and love God has for each one of us is shown in the parable of lost sheep. Luke 15:4-7
We’ve been inundated with lies and owned many of them as our truth. Seek His truth in His Word and learn from Him (not man) and you will find who God truly is and who you really are.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
July 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm
Beautiful truth, Rachel! What a word to all people…but especially to your generation. So many are fighting these “lies” currently. Even one of my two daughters desperately needs this truth…but due to “lies of the enemy”, she will not speak to me on anything other than “surface” issues. Does not allow any voice of truth into her confused life…at this point. I have God’s promise she will “return” to the land of the living…so am waiting expectantly. She is 35, a wife and a mom…yet…confused in turning away from the truth she grew up on. It blesses me SO to see young women, like yourself, being such a clear strong voice for our Lord and His “way” for your generation. You are building His Kingdom with each Truth you decree, my Friend!
July 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Hi Sandy – much agreed that my generation and the ones following are being swallowed up in the lies about what it means to be a woman on many levels. We are bombarded each day with who we should be and what we should do – and most of those messages lead to devaluing us in some way. I’ll keep your daughter in my prayers. It is such bondage – and I see many women in it.
July 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm
thanks Rachael, good word
July 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Hi John – thanks for stopping by 🙂
July 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm
I needed to hear this so very much. Thanks for posting! Jane
July 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm
Hi Jane – it is one I think a lot of us near to hear a lot more. Thanks for your comment.
July 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm
I have had a thought recently that I think relates to this fairly well. I am finding one of the greatest obstacles to faith is ‘normalcy’.
For example: with the economy in such bad shape, I have been very dependant on the Lord to provide the work I need. So far He has. But each job runs out and there is a need for another. So there is always room for the enemy to suggest the next one will not be there.
Businesses are dropping like flies. In tough times this is ‘normal’. “Who are you” my enemy might say, “to believe that God is actually that mindful of you?”
It could be in regard to health, a relationship, or a desire for ministry – to make a difference in someone’s life. “Who are you to think that God would use you. Are you not just ‘normal’ and on a normal path like everyone else?”
Latlely I have wrestled with these thoughts. But I know the thoughts He has for me and I will not believe a lie.
July 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Hi Mike, you named a perfect example. The biggest battle in tough times like these is in our minds, will we cling to the truth or give our thoughts over to the enemy? The truth is our shield. But we have to know it and own it as our own to be able to firmly stand upon it – trusting the One who gave it us. I’ll keep you and your jobs in my prayers.
July 20, 2010 at 2:00 am
Well faith is a popular topic these days… check out my recent studies on faith here: http://calledsoldiers.blogspot.com/ as opportunity affords.
This is a world of where everything is meaningless to a shocking a frightening number of people. Living, dying, doing good or doing evil it all seems to be of equal value and one no more meaningful or valuable than the other… how sad…
July 20, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Hi Calledsoldiers – thanks for your comment – I’ll check out your post!
July 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm
What a wonderful encouraging word!!! It sure is a real blessing to me!!! Keep up the good work,God is using you in a great way your post are always on point! This is another very encouraging word and I truly enjoyed the read.
Love you and have a wonderful evening.
July 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm
Hi Pat – thanks for your comment – may we all learn the unique treasure we and others are.
July 21, 2010 at 4:31 am
This is an inspirational message Rachel.
I would also add that once we recognize the value that each of us has in Christ, it is easier to then stop collaborating with the enemy to devalue others through word and deed.
July 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Slamdunk – great point. Learning our true value and truly “owning” it – I’m finding is a process. But as we grow and learn, we see our responses like the one you mentioned start to change.
July 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm
What a timely post. My challenge is listening intently to what the Lord reveals His “next-best-step” is for me every day. Then, summoning the courage to obey. If I see the value as fulfilling His heart’s desire with my talents He has imparted, then I feel infused with strength. Yet so often, I only look at my lack and want to crawl under a rock somewhere. Thanks for the encouraging reminder!
July 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm
JoDee – it’s true – what we focus on is everything. Today God was reminding me about focusing on His power at work in me Ephesians 3:20 – which is far greater than I often realize. He often works far beyond what we see – but He asks us to believe in that power – belief is everything – so what we chose to focus on is critical.
Isaiah 7:9b If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established. –Powerful verse — it struck me this morning – reminding me how important our belief is in who He is and His promises to us and not focusing on our preceived limitations or weakness – sure we have them, but we also and more importantly have Him and His power at work in us. Another one came to mind Matthew 5:38 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. His power is real and with us now – it is our part to believe in it and step out courageously because of it. Good stuff. 🙂
July 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Great message, Rachel. In a world where people are clamoring to hear only what their itching ears want, the truth has been thrown to the ground. But Jesus died for the truth and for that we who believe shall live. When people make their problems bigger than their God, it is because they are believing a lie from the enemy!
July 23, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Hi Marianne – Yes! So well stated – “When people make their problems bigger than their God, it is because they are believing a lie from the enemy!” May we all remember that – and not give him a foothold in our thoughts.
July 23, 2010 at 4:07 am
Those are perfect scriptures for me to hear right now. I usually awake full of faith from His night whispers and then as the day moves on…
Thank you for the infusion of faith!
July 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm
JoDee – I think that is a common experience, as the day progresses we get bombarded with all sorts of messages that challenge us. You can understand why His Word is called our DAILY bread – and it is the bread of life – how much we need to feed on it. I love this verse – Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
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