Whether you realize it or not, you believe some lies about yourself. No one has perfect self-worth.
Where do these lies come from? They are like seeds sown for destruction. The more they take root in your heart, the more life will be a struggle for you. Just like if you want a fruitful garden, you must pull the weeds in your heart.
Experiences Promote Truth and Lies
Every life event you experience communicates some degree of truth and some degree of falsehood. For example, any interaction you have with Jesus or the Bible will always communicate 100% truth. And any interaction you have with the devil will always communicate 100% lies. When Jesus spoke to non-believers, He addressed them as “children of the devil.”
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.John 8:44 NLT
If everything ever spoken was always all truth or all lies, it would be easier to sort out fact from fiction. But people speak with words and actions that fall somewhere between 0 and 100% truth. So it falls to the recipients to sort through all their experiences to find and savor the truth and discard the rest.
Interpretations Promote Truth and Lies
Discerning between truth and falsehood is an invaluable skill. Unfortunately, it is not foolproof. It’s possible to interpret a true experience as false or a false experience as true. This sets up four possible outcomes for every experience:
- You believe the lie: the devil intends to harm you by being deceitful and you take it as if it were truth.
- You disbelieve the lie: you see through the devil’s deceit, and refute it for the lie that it is.
- You believe the truth: you experience love, accept it, and allow it to strengthen your self-worth.
- You disbelieve the truth: you doubt your positive experience, reject it, and prefer your low self-esteem.
Trusting Everyone Isn’t the Answer
Overly trusting, optimistic, or gullible people lean toward believing everything. These verses show that we shouldn’t trust everyone.
Don’t be stupidProverbs 14:15 CEV
and believe all you hear;
be smart and know
where you are headed.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8 ESV
Mistrusting Everyone Isn’t the Answer
Overly mistrusting, pessimistic, or paranoid people lean toward disbelieving everything. They throw the baby out with the bathwater. Or rather, they throw God out because of the hypocrites.
God is the only person you can trust 100%. Even then, God asks us to trust Him beyond any scientific proof. Sometimes the truth is harder to believe than the lie. That’s where faith comes in. God distinguishes a believer from a non-believer by the faith we have to believe what the non-believer considers to be unbelievable.
These verses show that God expects us to trust Him even when it seems like we shouldn’t.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5 ESV
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.Psalm 9:10 ESV
If you want to overcome lies and grow in self-worth, the first step is to learn how to discern God’s voice of truth from the devil’s voice of falsehood. You can discern the truth because you have the Holy Spirit who guides believers into all truth (John 16:13).