In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, the Apostle Paul tells us that we are in a spiritual battle and the weapon of choice by our adversary, Satan, are lies he tells us that hold us captive and keep us from living in the freedom Christ gives us. However, Satan’s lies are no match for the divine power of God’s Word. Through Scripture, we are able to “take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5b).
The following are 10 common lies we believe and the truth of God’s Word to combat them. If one of the lies sounds familiar, we encourage you to write the truth of God’s Word on a sticky note and put it on your fridge, mirror, or the dashboard of your car. Someplace you will see it regularly. Practice memorizing the verse and pull it out like a weapon in battle. Take the lie captive with the truth of God and make it obedient to Christ so you’re not longer obedient to it.
Lie: I am not enough.
Truth: 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Lie: I am what others think of me.
Truth: 1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Lie: I am a failure.
Truth: Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Lie: I am worthless.
Truth: Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me tighter in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Lie: My life will be like this forever.
Truth: 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
Lie: I have nothing to offer.
Truth: Romans 12:6, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
Lie: I am alone.
Truth: Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Lie: I need someone in my life to complete me.
Truth: Colossians 2:10, “In Christ, you have been brought to fullness.”
Lie: There’s no way God can forgive me.
Truth: Ephesians 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
Lie: My past will always define me.
Truth: 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”
If there is a lie holding you captive that you don’t see on this list and would like to know how to combat it with the truth of God’s Word, please reach out to us. We’d love to arm you with the weapon you need to fight the battle waging in your headspace.