Annihilating Lies of WorthlessnessAn enemy has shown up on the radar, and it threatens our very existence as well as our eternal destiny. It is a well known enemy that has taken the lives of many disciples of Yeshua, but it won't take yours because with your weapon of God's word in hand, we are about to annihilate this enemy.
What is the enemy? How can we destroy it? And what will life be like when this enemy is gone?
We'll get to each of these questions in a moment. Before we do that, though, do a quick scan of your armor and make sure everything is intact. Grab your weapon - the Word of God - and rise up with courage. Rise up, champion, and let's bring justice and take back what was taken from us. *insert epic war cry*
Identify The Enemy: Lies About Worthlessness
Let your adrenaline start to rise, because we're about to go into hand to hand combat with a condemned enemy: a series of lies that has wreaked havoc on the people of this land.
So let's start with the core lie: It is a lie that we have nothing of value to offer to God. This lie/idea is the product of a mindset that sees mankind as God's slaves, not his servants. It sees mankind as shameful creation instead of a glorious expression of God's love.
There is a false idea that is floating around some "Christian" circles, and this idea is similar to the one I mentioned above. The idea is that we disciples of Christ are "sinners saved by grace." That couldn't be further from the truth, because we are not sinners anymore!
Another false idea related to the ones already mentioned is summed up in the phrase "I am nothing without Christ." That would only be true if we were without Christ.
Now, enough of identifying the enemy. Let's slay this monster once and for all!
Annihilate The Enemy With God's Word
Those lies may seem pretty powerful and strong, but they are no match for the power of God's Word. In fact, the idea I am about to share will stop each of those lies dead in their tracks, slice them into little pieces, and feed their remains to the vultures. The powerful idea is this: God created mankind to glorify God. Simple, but powerful. Let me use an example to explain why.
I have several nieces and a nephew, all under 9 years old (as of the time of this writing, March 2013). They love to draw and color, and they love to show off what they drew. They are so happy to make a piece of artwork, and when they show off their work to others, they receive "glory" (in a good way).
In the same way, God receives glory when he shows off his works of art: mankind. What glory could God possibly get by creating worthless junk? Obviously, he wouldn't! Do you see where I'm going with this? God created us, and he values us greatly. He has built us to be capable of doing great things for The Kingdom. We can worship Yahweh, we can tell of his works, we can start and run businesses that make a positive impact on people, we can create structures that keep us safe and sheltered, and we can do so much more.
God values us greatly. He built us to be capable of doing great things for The Kingdom.We have tremendous value! Think of all the skills you have and the achievements you have accomplished. The fact that God created us to be able to do such great things proves that God is even greater. And that's glorious!
Truths That Demolish Lies
God sacrificed his son Jesus to free us from bondage to sin. With that understanding, it makes no sense to call ourselves "sinners," for if that were true, then Christ's sacrifice would have been in vain, and his gift of grace would have no effect. The truth that demolishes that lie is, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus." (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)
After Jesus died and resurrected, he later sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and to show us the father. Those of us who have accepted the gift of the Holy Spirit are now filled with Christ, so we would be lying if we said that "We are nothing without Christ," because the truth is that we are treasures, and Christ is with us all the time. So the truth that demolishes that lie is, "I am a treasure, and Christ is always with me."
We've demolished some pretty big giants! Good work, champion. God is proud of you!
If you have identified the lies described here and have replaced them in your mind with God's truth, then you have won the war. Way to go! Those lies no longer have any power over you, for they have been annihilated.
Soldiers sometimes experience post-war trauma, which means that even though they are no longer in battle and they may have even come out victorious, the memory of the fighting still troubles them. Likewise, you may experience something similar if the lies we have been discussing used to have a strong hold on you in the past. In fact, your memory of those lies may be very vivid - so vivid that it may seem real. But if their memory comes back to mind, realize that it is only a memory, and immediately remind yourself that you are a victor and a champion.
I hope this has helped you to better understanding the hope we have through Christ and the power that we have to live successful, productive, and happy lives that are fulfilling to us and glorifying to God. May your work in the Kingdom of God be enjoyable and successful. Long live the King! comments powered by Disqus