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.
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.
Moses: I can’t do this.
Gideon: God use can’t me.
David: God doesn’t listen to my prayers.
Peter: God isn’t in control.
Thomas: Jesus didn’t rise from the dead.
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:
With full confidence, we can lean on His promises, and the lies which once entangled are replaced by glorious truths.