Lies

Believing the Truth Instead of the Lie

In this fallen world filled with broken people, I imagine most of us can recall a time when we were told—and perhaps believed—a lie about who we are or what we have to offer. The Bible calls Satan the father of lies, and one of his most potent weapons is to convince us of lies about ourselves, often through the careless or harsh words of other people. The enemy of our souls would love to see us paralyzed, defeated, or limping along, bitterly spewing lies to others, rather than living in the fullness of the truth of who the Lord says we are.

I believed a lie about my value and role several years ago when my husband and I were going through a difficult season in our marriage. We were seeing a counselor, who encouraged us with wisdom and truth, but our pastor and his wife, who were trusted friends and people I admired greatly, told me that until I had everything together at home, it was dangerous for me to be in ministry. Dangerous!

I had been mentoring young women for many years and I had seen God work powerfully in their lives (and in mine) through our reading and conversations, but now I was being told—or at least what I heard—was that there was no place for me in ministry despite the fact that our struggles were not the result of any particular personal sin. I was unworthy and useless, and because I was doing all I knew to make things better, I assumed I probably always would be.

The truth, of course, is that we all struggle at times. Apart from God’s grace, no one is worthy to be an ambassador for Christ on this earth. No one is good enough. No one is clean. We all stand condemned, desperately in need of a Savior. But for those who have accepted Christ’s offer to exchange his sinlessness for our iniquity, the Lord has made us worthy and He works through us for His glory and the eternal good of His children in even the toughest seasons of life.

Regretfully, I believed the lie. I left ministry for a few years. I even stopped reading the Bible. I believed what my pastor said about me. I was dangerous, too dangerous to be a part of what God was doing in the lives of others.

By the grace of God, He redeemed that season. God used it to equip me to minister to those who had been rejected, broken, and even run out of their own country to start all over in a foreign land. He used it to develop in me compassion for those who don’t have access to the truth of what God says about them. He used it to help me find my voice so that I could be a voice to the voiceless.

One thing I’ve learned is that people actually relate far more to my brokenness than they do to my accomplishments. When I share my hurts, my failures, and my disappointments, people realize they are not alone. When they see the Lord at work in me despite my inadequacies, I have opportunities to share the reasons for the hope that I have, and by His grace, others find hope in Him as well.

As I’ve listened to the stories of women around the world, I’ve realized that whether we come from Afghanistan or America, Somalia or Sweden—there are some wounds we all share. We’ve all heard lies about who we are and where our value lies from a hurting world that doesn’t know the truth. Ever since the serpent whispered the first lie to the first woman, our hearts have longed for someone to rescue us with the truth of who we are. As followers of Jesus, we have the truth, and we have the incredible privilege of sharing it with others.

On October 10-11, 2020, the Truth Collective is launching an art gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina to help women process who we are and how we see ourselves: our identity, our position, our value, and our role. The desire is that as we come to see ourselves as God sees us, we will be liberated from the lies that have paralyzed us in the past and empowered to encourage others with the message of hope, truth, and love. If this is your desire, please consider joining women from around the world as we raise our swords against the liar and reach out for the truth that sets us free!

(Here’s the link: https://www.thetruthcollective.org/events/-ungallery.)


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