I’ve been struggling with lies. I don’t mean little white lies…For years, I’ve struggle with believing lies I tell myself.
Have you ever faced this? Do you ever catch yourself believing lies about yourself? I used to feel like I had an inner voice that tells me things… you know that one that says, that girl! you rocked that! you’re awesome!
Then there’s the other voice. You know, the one that tells you LIES. “You’re a failure.” “You’re the worst mom.” “You’re not a good wife.” “You’re terrible.” “What’s the matter with you, Stacy?” “Why are you doing things like that?” “You’re not pretty.”
I always thought that voice was my friend.
I assumed that voice was telling me the truth. That is, until I read a book by Jon Acuff (Finish). He teaches that your inner voice is not your friend – it’s actually your FOE. When I read that – it struck me! His exact words…
“If you don’t kill your voices, they will kill you!”
For years I have lived in that lie. And I’m sure some of y’all have been there too – wrongfully believing lies about yourself. But I thought the things I was telling myself were the truth, when really, they were far from it. I have a tendency to believe false things about myself instead of having confidence in the reality that I’m a child of God. He loves me.
Regardless of what my inner voices try to tell me – I have worth and I have value.
Just because you know your inner voice is your foe – it doesn’t mean your life is instantly better. Things aren’t all of the sudden rainbows, butterflies, and lollipops. That would be awesome, but that’s just not how it works.
But knowing the inner voice isn’t always your friend IS helpful.
Now, whenever those lies and fears creep up, I say right away, “Hold up. STOP. Stacy, this is just not true.” Then I quote scripture to myself. Find the verses that speak to you and will reassure you in times of self-doubt. It’s a constant struggle here for me! I hear those voices LOUDLY.
But I just say STOP.
For me, this means to actually say out loud “NO, Stacy.” Then, I seek to find the truth in the scripture and read or recite it to myself. I am chosen. I am holy. I am set apart. You have to say these things to yourself. Don’t let those negative thoughts pile up! You may think you are telling yourself truth but you are NOT. No, you’re not perfect – but God doesn’t want us to get caught up listening to that voice of the enemy. He doesn’t want us believing lies about ourselves. Our feelings sometimes deceive us, but don’t forget – you can ALWAYS turn to God’s word to find the truth.