Common Lies of the Enemy
& Truth/Ideas to Combat the Lies
The enemy will often come with thought suggestions. We have the choice to fight against those thought suggestions or to take them in. He will often come again and again, so we may have to keep fighting for a time and replacing the lies with truth. If something jumps out at you, you may consider writing it down or saving it into your phone so that you can remember it when needed.
Even Jesus had to fight the lies with the truth of God's Word.
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So here are some Common Lies :
(and some ideas for how to combat them. As you read the bible, God may give you additional ways to combat lies.)
I am inadequate, not good enough, not cool enough, etc.
(God created me with a purpose and He is equipping me to do what He calls me to do. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can look to God to help me grow. Eph 3:10, Phil 4:13)
I have to be perfect for God to love me. (Jesus died for me while I was a sinner. He will never stop loving me. Nothing can separate me from his love.
Roman 5:8 & 8:38)
I have to be perfect for God to use me
(I am a minister of reconciliation for God because I am His new creation 2 Cor 5:17 God uses imperfect people to accomplish His purposes. There is not a perfect person in the bible. Peter, Matthew, Paul, David, Abraham, Moses, etc. God used them and he can use me. )
That promise is not for me.
(All Godís promises are Yes in Christ
2 Cor 1:20)
I could never forgive him/her/them for what he/she/they did to me
(I am free to forgive. It's a choice I can make. I am free to pray for that person. I can trust God to help me do the right thing and forgive and pray like He tells me to do. I can forgive and pray for people like Jesus did. Eph 4:31-32, Luke 23:33-34 )
I am really afraid of _______.
(When I am afraid I will trust in You, I am free to be brave, calm, & peaceful. I am free to know you are with me. God wants to deliver me from all my fears. I will keep seeking and trusting God to help me.Psalm 56:3, Psalm 34:4, Psalm 23:4)
Iím having a hard time believing ______.
(I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief Mark 9:24)
Did you see what ________ did? You should tell others so they will not like that person.
( I am free to speak life. I will not let unwholesome talk come out of my mouth. I am free not to gossip. I am free to discuss this matter with a counselor or someone who can give me godly advice about how to handle what I've seen and what to do. Some things need to be reported, other things I just need to pray about. I believe you are going to help me know which is right in this situation.
Prov 18:21, Eph 4:29, 2 Cor 12:20,
Col 3:8-9 )
Did God really say ________?
(I am Godís sheep and I will hear His voice. I am free to talk to a godly person to help me grow in learning how to hear from God. I am free to hide God's Word in my heart to help me store up truth.
John 10:14-16, Psalm 119:11)
I have nothing of real value to offer others ( I am the salt and light of the earth
Matt 5:13-14 God doesn't make junk. I am God's masterpiece. God has good things he planned for me to do. Eph 2:10)
Iím an accident, a mistake, and therefore worthless. I wish I were someone else.
(I am Godís masterpiece Eph 2:10 I am free to be the person God designed me to be. I am valuable to God. He was willing to send Jesus to die for me.)
No one loves me (God loves me. He showed his great love for me by sending Christ to die for me. I can ask Him to send me godly people to spend time with. I can be patient and wait on God.
John 3:16, Rom 5:8)
Significance is found only in a beautiful appearance, superior intelligence or an image of success.
(I am Godís temple, significant because I have God indwelling me 1 Cor 3:16)
I can only be significant through much effort and hard work. I can never be really sure of Godís love
(God invites me to come to Him. I can approach God anytime with freedom and confidence Eph 3:12 My significance comes from being a part of God's family.)
I am all alone
(God will never leave me or forsake me. He will be with me forever. Heb 13:5)
I donít deserve Godís blessings because I am not worthy
(Thank you God that Your blessings are gifts of grace that I donít need to earn. No one is worthy to receive Godís blessings
Eph 1:3, Eph 2:8-9)
No one understands me
(God knows me. He understands what Iím going through. I can talk to Him about everything knowing that He cares)
If God really loved me my life would be easier
(In this world you will have trouble, but fear not for I have overcome the world. John 16:33 We are not guaranteed a trouble-free life. God does promise to work all things together for good for those who love Him Rom 8:28.)
My relationship with God depends on me trying harder to please Him
(I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. I am God's child. I can come freely to talk to Him about the good and the bad things happening in my life and know that He wants to help me. He is helping to shape and mold my life. I can trust Him.)
I will never be able to overcome that sin
(I am a victorious overcomer through the power of the Holy Spirit)
Sin isnít really that big of a deal
(Sin IS a big deal. Jesus suffered on the cross because of our sin)
Iím going to do it my way or not at all.
(I am free to be humble. I can seek godly advice. I might learn something that will help me.)
My behavior may be wrong, but itís not my fault
(I am free to be humble and take responsibility for my part in this issue and make amends. I am free to change my behavior. Even if it truly wasnít my fault, I am free to stop shifting the blame.)
My life is so miserable. I feel sorry for myself because my life is so terrible.
(I am free to be thankful for the things that are going right. I am free to praise you because even if my circumstances arenít good, You are always good.)
I canít change. Itís just too hard, so I give up. I canít take risks because I might fail (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me Phil 4:13 )
Since I still struggle with sin, God will quit working in my life and give up on me. (God will never leave me or forsake me)
The enemy still has authority and we should be afraid of him.
(Jesus was given ALL authority. That means the devil has NO authority. We have been given authority to trample on snake and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy.)
You canít trust God in all things. Some things you simply have to handle yourself (God is all-knowing, He knows the best way to handle any situation. I am free to come to Him to help me. He tells me I can come boldly before His throne to receive mercy and grace for my time of need)
Fellowship with other believer is optional. (Jesus called us the Body of Christ. We need each other to encourage each other, to mature and grow in Christ to our fullest potential, to work together to impact those around us for the kingdom of God)
God is good..but sometimes Heís not (God is good all the time. The devil is bad all the time. That doesn't mean everything I go through is good, but God does work all thing together for my good, because I love him.)
My life is meaningless I canít possibly make a difference in the world.
(I am unique. I donít have to try to be someone else. God created me with a good plan. I am created to love. Love makes a difference whether we can see it or not)
I have nothing to live for
(I do have something to live for. I am unique and God has a unique plan for me to live for. I can live for a relationship with Him.)
Everyone including God will accept me IF I work hard to please them. I need to earn their love
(God accepts me because I am His child)
Iíll never know if Iím going to heaven
(If I've been saved, Iím already a citizen of heaven Phil 3:20) (Click Here is you aren't sure you are saved)
Iím feeling unsafe.
(I am free to run to You for protection. You are my fortress and my shield)
God wonít meet my needs
(God will meet all my needs according to His riches in glory. Phil 4:19)
I am so envious of _____________. (Thanks You God that I am free to be content and ask you for what Iíd like or earn money to buy it.)
Iím so stressed about my job
(I can talk to God about what is stressing me out. I can cast my cares on Him because He cares about me.)
Iím afraid to trust people because they have hurt me
(I am free to forgive people and love them even if they hurt me. I can ask for wisdom to know what kind of boundaries I might need to establish in order to reestablish trust. I can trust that God is a God of justice. I can pray for God to fill them with more love )
God is basically angry with me and always wants to punish me.
(I am free forever from condemnation Romans 8:1-2)
I am soooo tired of waiting for _______ to happen
(I am free to be patient. Lord please fill me with More love because love is patient)
I canít help it. I just feel like complaining. (I am free to do everything without complaining or arguing. I am free to be thankful for all the good things in my life.)
This is my stuff and I donít want to share it (I am free to be kind and generous.)
There are more. Ask the Lord to show them to you.
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