The next writing prompt in “God Is My Happy Place” is
“What is your biggest challenge to freedom?”
The short answer is lies I have believed, but lets talk this out a bit.
As I was reading the other day, I found this quote.
“There is never any final comfort in a lie. However closely we may have hugged a lie to our bosom, the moment we see it to be a lie, we should be wise to part with it.” -Leslie D Weatherhead
It is so true, whether it is lies about God, self, or anything else in life. In the long run, believing a lie or holding onto it after finding out the truth, doesn’t help me move forward. It only feeds fear, negative thinking, and depression.
I can tell you that every fear I have ever had has started with a lie that I believed and then held onto. Then I usually spiral into bad habits, apathy, anxiety, or depression.
I have believed a lie that other people like my husband more than me, because he is more outgoing and extroverted. Now yes, I’m sure there are people who like him more, for that reason or something else. However, I have also come to believe that I’m also a likeable person and not everyone has to like me. However, this lie has held me back from talking to people and building relationships at times.
I have believed the lie that my past dictates my future and that I will always be a victim, which has also held me back from developing relationships and going after goals. The truth is that bad things do happen in life, but I am not a victim. I am a victor through Jesus Christ my Lord.
‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. ‘ Romans 8:37 https://my.bible.com/bible/1588/ROM.8.37 AMP
I have overcommited at times, believing a lie that I have to commit to everything or I would disappoint people. This left me drained and apathetic. The truth is that, while I may disappoint people at times for not participating, I don’t have to be involved in everything or take on every responsibility that comes my way.
I have believed I could do things myself, which has only kept me from reaching out and getting help or getting anywhere in my walk with God. The truth is I can’t do it alone. I am not self-sufficient. I need to rely on God as my source and help. And yes, I do need people.
Renewing my mind with God’s Truth is imperative. God is changing a lot in my life using His Truth, such as losing weight, decreasing spending, etc. He is teaching me to change my habits by stopping what I’m doing to apply the truth to the situation. This isn’t always easy, because my flesh doesn’t always want to stop to do that. However, it is a learning process and I know I will improve with God’s help.