It is really easy to believe the lies that the world doesn’t just whisper in our ears, but puts on blast for our eyes, ears, mouths, and hearts to consume. There are lies everywhere, some more subtle than others, all aimed to create discontentment in our lives.
You’re not skinny enough – Work out at our gym!
You’re too skinny – Buy our protein powder and meal plan!
You aren’t curvy enough – Come in for a breast enhancement consultation today!
Your hair isn’t long enough – Half off hair extensions this month only!
You’re too white – Sign up for our monthly tanning membership with this code!
Your eyelashes are too short – Refer a friend and get 30% off eyelash extensions!
You dress too conservative – Show it off in our new fashion line!
You’re showing too much skin – Respectable women shop our clothes!
You aren’t smart enough for that – Women need not apply!
You’re too smart for your job – Sell this product on my team instead!
You’re too busy – Real leaders learn how to relax more!
You aren’t busy enough – Pick up this hobby!
Your friends don’t like you – Join our social club!
Men you know don’t like you – Join our dating app!
You aren’t good enough
You aren’t good enough
You aren’t good enough.
And if that wasn’t enough to make us want to walk around Bird Box style, don’t worry, we do it to each other as well. We allow ourselves to spread the sickness through conversation constantly. Have you ever stopped to listen to yourself in a conversation? Are the words coming out of your mouth ALWAYS self-deprecating? Not only is that a disservice to you, it’s also damaging the other person…because what they’re thinking is, “wow if SHE thinks SHE’S fat, I must be a whale.”
Some of the lies we listen to are specific to something deeper than our appearance: we listen to lies that say that we, inherently, just aren’t enough, no matter what we do. We are a mistake, unchosen, and thoroughly too sinful for redemption. We are broken and hopeless, without a Savior who wants us.
We have to stop listening to all these lies, and we have to stop spreading them. For ourselves, and for our fellow friends who are fighting the thief of joy (comparison) daily as well.
I wrote out a few lies that either I struggle with personally or have met someone who does, and put some scriptural truth with them. I hope this encourages you today to turn to truth when your heart starts to believe lies. Speak these scriptures over yourself and trust in the one who created you exactly as He meant to.
God doesn’t know me or want to.
“You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.”
I am surrounded by darkness, and there isn’t a way out.
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.”
Psalm 139: 7-12
I belong to no one.
“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1
There is nothing good ahead for me.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
My situation is dismal.
“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
My heart is broken, and no one cares.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
I am alone.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.”
I have to earn my forgiveness.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
I am separated from God.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I am not chosen.
“In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”
I am a mistake.
“My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
God is angry at me.
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”
1 John 4:16
You are enough.