Saira

 

The lies that Christians believe

 

God can’t use me. 
I have nothing to offer the church.
I’m no good at evangelism. 
God isn’t in control.
I’m not good enough at praying.
I ought to have all the answers myself. 
God isn’t good.
It’s up to what I say to convert my friend.
I'm not a real Christian because I have doubts.
God doesn’t listen to my prayers.
It doesn’t matter if I don’t go to church/pray/read the Bible.
If I had more faith, then I wouldn’t be suffering like I am. 
My life is pointless. 
I don’t matter. 
God can’t forgive me.
If God is pleased with me He’ll give me what I want.
I am unlovable. 
God isn’t trustworthy.
I ought to be happy or I’m not a real Christian.
I just need to try harder.
I can find satisfaction in this job/relationship/house/status.
The busier I am, the more godly I am.
I am worthless.

Sound familiar?

Sometimes it seems we are the only ones who have believed these lies. But we’re not. We’re all more alike than we think. We all have doubts about similar aspects of God’s character or about ourselves, which at their core all question whether Jesus is the Truth. The Bible is full of people just like us, who have also believed the very same lies that we still struggle with today.


Abraham & Sarah: God isn’t trustworthy.

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, ‘Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?’
— Genesis 17:17

Moses: I can’t do this.

O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.
— Exodus 4:10

Gideon: God use can’t me.

Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew. 
— Judges 6:39

David: God doesn’t listen to my prayers.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?
— Psalm 13:1-2

Peter: God isn’t in control.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
— Matthew 14:22-23

Thomas: Jesus didn’t rise from the dead.

Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
— John 20:25

The lies in our hearts and minds today echo the lies we see recorded in the Bible. We claim to know the Truth, but often we forget or distort it. Not on purpose, obviously, but we are deceived by our sinful hearts, the world and the devil. Sometimes the lies which creep into our hearts and minds are so subtle we don’t even notice. Yet they are so destructive. They cause doubts and discredit the gospel. Through our own strength we can’t dispel them. The only way the lies are exposed as untrue is when we listen to the Truth.

Like a torch lighting up a dark night and revealing our surroundings, the Truth exposes the lies in our hearts.

More than that, the Truth rids the lies from our hearts.

Its not difficult to find the Truth, we only need to pick up the Bible - the True Word of God. Even in these stories of doubt with Abraham, Sarah, Moses, David, Gideon, Peter or Thomas, we can see another pattern - God’s faithfulness. When Moses didn’t think he could do it, God equipped him. When David cried out to God, God heard and answered him, bringing him comfort and strength. When Peter began to sink, Jesus saved him. The change comes when God speaks, because he always speaks the Truth. And the Truth exposes the lies as what they are - deceit. Moses, David and Peter didn’t simply try harder, instead they admitted their weaknesses and let God speak Truth into their lives.

When we look at their stories, their encounters with the LORD become part of our story and part of our encounter with that same God. The Truth that God shares with them, He shares with us too. We can cling onto the same Truths because God’s Truth has not changed. We can trust God fully, knowing He is faithful and His grace is sufficient; crying out:

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
— Mark 9:2

With full confidence, we can lean on His promises, and the lies which once entangled are replaced by glorious truths.

God can use me.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
— 2 Corinthians 12:9

God is in control.

I am the Alpha and the Omega…who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
— Revelation 1:8

God is good.

You, Lord are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.
— Psalm 86:5

God does listen to my prayers.

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.
— Psalm 34:15

God can forgive me.

I am He who blots out your transgressions…and remembers your sins no more.
— Isaiah 43:25

God is trustworthy.

We are faithless, He remains faithful.
— 2 Timothy 2:13

God does love me.

God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
— Romans 5:8

 
Tom Olyott