Phew. This is a big one. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the words “you don’t know what you’re talking about” or “you don’t get it”. And those words would silence me, quickly. In fact one only has to allude to those lies and the tape would be pulled over my mouth. When speaking up in contrast, to stand up with our words against a popular opinion or an injustice almost always evokes a backlash. If you’re like me, those backlashes are frightening enough to keep me silent.
the lie: I don’t know what I’m talking about. I have nothing worthy to add.
There was a moment in my life where I legitimately believed that I had nothing worthy to add, that no one would want to hear my thoughts. And that corrosive lie did more than keep me silent. It started deleting my ideas, my creativity and my ability to use what had been placed inside of me. I was dying emotionally and spiritually. Until Jesus go all up in my business and said – “we’re not done, you and I, we’re not done”. Since then I’ve learned to listen to him more, learned to let Him influence my ideas, my ideals, and my thoughts. AND I’ve learned to let him show me when to speak out about what he has shared with me.
Nothing has brought me more freedom.
What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Matthew 10:27
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Can we just be honest? This is a hard one. I mean it’s hard to really and truly believe this in the core of your gut. God calls us to do big things, out-of-the-ordinary things. Like stand up for our faith when it’s being persecuted. Or share the gospel with a stranger. Or raise our children contrary to pop culture. Even write our faith in words for the world wide wanderer to read, and criticize.
He calls us to demonstrate righteousness, even in a teen culture that praises promiscuity and self-gratification. He calls us to go into all the world, even if that means to our own family, with His gospel of peace. He calls us to sing, to stand, to teach, to lead. He calls us to serve.
And more often than not, it’s harder than it looks.
the lie: I am not qualified to do that. This calling/idea/conviction is outside my expertise. I’m too messed up.
Remember when we talked about being qualified back here. Yeah. I know, but repetition is a key component in transforming your mind. When I find myself thinking those thoughts of “I can’t”, I actually look at myself in the mirror and say out loud to that weak vessel staring back at me… “You are able to fulfill the call of God on your life.” And if my mind fights back with an “oh yea? What about ___?” Well then, I remind her of all the ways God is more than enough to handle the results. He is able to guard over us when we step out in boldness. He is able to use our words where He sees fit. He speaks to us and will give us words to say in due season. He called us, each of us by name, and He is faithful to see His plans through– whether it’s being a mom or speaking to a stadium.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. God’s special posession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness and into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
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The night cycles around again, nothing but the tick of the clock to serenade the haunting thoughts dancing across your ceiling. The dark always longer than the light it seems, the bills more than the account balance. The way more complicated than the will. The chance just out of reach, the timing just slightly off.
the lie: This is a dead end. The end to life as we know it. There is no hope.
Sometimes I lie awake at night staring at the ceiling, lost in the worry of how. But even though I cannot see the stars through the roof that blocks me, they are still shining with brilliance. Our circumstances might look one way- but Almighty God still has a way, still has enough for you and me. His abundance is for us.
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. Deut. 28:12
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Their words cut deep, like an ax to the center pole of your soul. It crumbles, taking with it your confidence, your identity, your zeal. The only thing left after a moment like that is shame. The foggy, debilitating cloud of shame settles in — silencing you.
the lie: I am dishonorable. I am disgusting. I am worthless.
Shame is like cancer. No matter where it comes from, be it a sin you committed or a sin committed against you, the effects are the same. It makes you small and disposable. Shame will kill you, maybe not your physical life, but it will steal and thwart the abundant life God promises all of His children.
I know I mentioned this 2 days ago (here), but it’s truth for more than your strength it is truth about your dignity. Dignity means “the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.” Where shame wants to tell you you are lower than scum, dignity says you are royalty.
I quickly realized that my battle wasn’t so much insecurity in my inabilities, it was more a battle with the gripping lies of shame. I plastered this one verse EVERYWHERE. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what’s been done to you or said about you, no matter what — Jesus placed His namesake on you. He removed your rags and adorned you in royal robes, with a crown of jewels on your head.
Clothed in strength and dignity, with nothing to fear, she smiles when she thinks about the future. Proverbs 31:25 The Voice
See also: Isaiah 61:7-11
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It probably started the first time you stepped out and tried something you’ve never done before. Like standing up in the spot light but tripping on your way up, or taking the less popular stance only to get pelted by public opinion. Maybe it started when you tried doing the hard thing you’ve dreamt of doing but your first, second or 10th attempt failed. Hard things are hard. Scary hard.
the lie: I shouldn’t try, I’ll just fail, It isn’t worth the fall-out.
Truthfully, wouldn’t it be just like our enemy to do his very best to keep you on the sidelines, or better, left back in the locker room? He’s a punk and will cheat his way for a victory. The lie that says “you can’t do that hard thing” is his ploy to take you out so you can’t have the impact God intended. Friend, Stand UP! YOU CAN DO THE HARD THINGS IN FRONT OF YOU! I promise, grab His truth and GO!
You will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy. Colossians 1:11
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