YOU’RE A LOSER
I’m such a loser. No, I’m not. Okay, fine. You’re such a loser. No, you’re not. Quit believing the lies, okay? Better yet, quit LIVING the lies. That’s what I did for a whole lot of – DECADES! And I’m going to make a bet (I don’t bet for real, mind you) that you still may be believing – and LIVING – the lies – without even knowing it. Bet I’ve got you curious now, right? What kind of lies do I think you’ve been living?
Ready? I’m about to blow the devil right out of the water. Because if you don’t know who’s been feeding the lies, I will tell you. The devil. Just as much as Jesus Christ died on the cross to bear the wrath of God to pay the penalty for our sins so we could receive the gift of eternal life through repentance and faith in Him as Lord, guess what.
The devil wants to steal EVERY single thing Jesus died and rose again for us to have – including an amazingly abundant, victorious, fulfilling, life on earth for those dedicated and committed to following Him through study and application of God’s Word, the Bible.
So who’s the liar? The devil. And what lies has he been telling you? What lies have you been believing? What lies have you been living? I don’t know. That’s for you to determine. But let me give you some really clear examples of the kind of lies the devil tells.
And don’t be surprised if those lies have been coming in all sorts of ways – through family, friends, strangers, the television, magazines, the news, your own flesh, etc. The devil is deceptive, so don’t be surprised if the lies are so subtle, or come from such surprising places, that you have had trouble even realizing they are LIES.
Ready for some examples? Okay, here goes.
* You’re a loser
* You’ll never amount to anything
* You’re a piece of garbage
* You’re ugly
* You’ll never succeed
* You’ll never be a good husband or wife
* You’re too out of shape to run that race
* You’ll never be able to handle that new job
* God doesn’t love you
* Life will always be this hard
* You can have an affair and get away with it
* That porn isn’t hurting you
* A few more drinks won’t matter
* You don’t need to forgive that person
* God can’t fix that
* Prayer never works
Okay, do you get my point? Do you know what’s so scary about the lies? Not the lies. They’re not so scary. What’s scary is how many of us spend our WHOLE LIVES believing lies that the devil has managed to plant in us. And the worst part, the absolute worst part, isn’t just that we believe them. It’s that oftentimes we LIVE OUR LIVES based on these lies because we take our actions (or don’t take actions) based on what we believe (lies included).
Example? Okay. Let me give you a good one. I was told as a child that I was a “quitter”. I was so criticized, and so judged, and so told I was a “quitter”, that I came to believe that’s all I am. I believed this for years and years. I believed a LOT of other garbage along with that. And even when I became a follower of Jesus, I still believed this. Why? Because I did not KICK OUT the lies and replace them with GOD’S TRUTH that I was studying in the Bible.
So guess what happened? I lived the lies – ALL of them. I so believed these lies that I made decisions based on them. I woke up every morning feeling like a loser with a mindset that I was not only a loser – but that I would remain a loser.
I’m sure by now you get my point. And maybe you already know you’ve been struggling with lies. Or, maybe you haven’t figured this out until now. But let me tell you something. You DON’T need to believe the lies. And you DON’T need to LIVE the lies. Because there is an alternative. And the alternative has a name. In fact, that name is above ALL names – and above all lies!
That name is JESUS CHRIST. And when you place your faith in Him, and when you follow Him by studying and applying the Bible to your life, you can learn to kick the lies the hell out of your life – and replace them with God’s TRUTH – what the Bible says about you.
I can honestly say that through lots of awesome Bible study – both on my own with the Holy Spirit and with really good Bible teachers and mentors – I have come to a place where I can recognize the lies. I can get rid of the lies. And I can LIVE THE TRUTH.
Let me close with an awesome example. This morning, I woke up with the THRILLING discovery that my brand new book, SIMPLE JOY: A Shabby Chick Christian’s Inspiration for a JOY-Full Life!, has just been published on Kindle. WOW! Now, let me tell you something.
First, I believed I was a quitter. I didn’t believe I could finish what I started. And I almost quit writing this book. And I almost didn’t publish it. And I was told, and believed, I would never have a good quality life. I certainly never believed I could be full of JOY. I also believed I wasn’t worthy of doing anything positive, successful, and certainly not helpful to others. I believed I had no worth, no value, no future, no purpose, and that I should just go ahead and kill myself. Those are only SOME of the countless lies I believed through the years.
But do you know something? No way! The more I studied the Bible and learned to discern between the devil’s lies and God’s Truth, and the more I learned that I am a temple of God’s Spirit and that I have a responsibility to keep my temple (my heart and life) clean for the Lord to live through, well. Need I say more? Really good Bible study, and learning how to implement God’s Word into my life, that has enabled me to undergo a TOTAL TRANSFORMATION.
If you are ready to get rid of the lies you’ve been living, call on the name of Jesus, confess your sins and receive forgiveness, believe who He is and what He did on the cross, pick up your Bible, and learn to live it. What an awesome, victorious life we have access to through living the lives we have been given not according to the lies we have believed, but according to the TRUTH of Jesus Christ.
As you study the Bible and apply it to your life, you will see your life transformed because your mind is renewed by God’s TRUTH – the Bible.
God’s Word is FULL of the exact opposite of the lies so many of us have believed from the enemy. Just as I gave you examples of the lies so many people tend to believe, there are countless antidotes to those lies in the Bible. Here are just a few with some underlining added for effect:
If you would like some help in getting started, or continuing, on this journey of getting free from the lies and living the life God has ordained for you, please feel free to contact me at 843-338-2219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you as your journey forward…….!!