“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
The truth is there are false beliefs we all adopt as we grow up.
Some of these can be subtle. I have a mentor who used to begin many statements with “Well, I’m not that smart, but…”. One day he was challenged by a friend, “Who told you you aren’t smart?”, and it was revealed that he had adopted this false belief 20+ years before through friends who made fun of him for struggling on a test and not getting into the college of his choice. This was a powerful false belief but it was a lie!
Some can be not so subtle. For 20 years of my life, I believed that I could do something that would make the most important people in my life walk out on me because of a moment when I made a rebellious statement and was blamed for a family member leaving because of it. That was in my early teenage years and that stayed with me for almost 25 years. In my late 30’s I remember getting in an argument with my wife that ended with a slammed door. About 10 minutes later I walked into our room to find her getting dressed, and said without even thinking, “Don’t leave!” to which she replied with a confused look, “I’m not leaving, I’m just getting dressed!”. Irrational yes, but a powerful false beliefs none the less.
The point of today’s post is, we all have false beliefs. The questions is, do you know what they are so that the truth can set your free?! Here’s a few questions to help you discover them:
Are there stories you remember that have had a significant negative impact on you? What lie could they have taught you?
Are there moments when you say or do something that brings up a lot of fear or worry? Do you know what’s under the fear?
What causes the greatest anxiety in you? What’s that about?
Do you remember something you have said recently that just seemed out of place for the moment? Like, “Don’t leave?!”
The answers to these questions can go a long way in helping you excavate the false beliefs in your life and give you the chance to replace them with the truth that will set you free.
Here’s the truth:
My mentor was extremely smart and influencing thousands through the work God gave him to do. He had to stop speaking the lie of “I’m not that smart” and heal by living into the truth that he was given a great mind.
When I spoke a rebellious word, it was normal for a teenager to rebel. It wasn’t normal for a loved one to walk out because of it. I had to heal and allow God’s truth to set me free! It wasn’t my fault.
So, what false belief’s live in you and what truth do you need to set you free from living in the bondage of those lies? Take some time to answer the above questions and see if you can figure it out. Let me know if I can help you as you process!
Growing With You,