Remember where we left off yesterday…
Are you stuck?
Lies we believe hold us back from God’s awesome plan for our lives.
The biggest thing holding me back from achieving my dreams was insecurity. My self-doubt and inhibition were rooted in the false words I heard and the words I thought about myself as a young girl:
YOU ARE SO STUPID!
You are dirty!
You are shameful.
You are unloved.
You are unworthy.
Everyone will eventually abandon you.
You are ugly.
Everything that I had believed about myself was a lie. When I finally realized this, it opened up a whole can of worms! Now I didn’t know who I was. If I wasn’t all of those things, who was I?
It’s virtually impossible to complete the calling on your life when you base your identity on what others say about you and the lies you believe about yourself.
To release God’s dreams in me, I had to literally smash everything I believed about who I was and start over! Another ragamuffin soul like myself, Brennan Manning, has shared this wisdom: “Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. ”
People frequently ask me, “How did you change from such a broken, insecure, needy person?” All they see is the end result. They just see the person I am today: HEALED and walking in total freedom! They want to be restored, too. They want to be FREE like me!
But they didn’t see the hard work – the times when I was alone battling to see myself in this new identity! They didn’t see the years of blood, sweat, and tears while I fought for this freedom! They didn’t see how I poured over the Word of God searching for Truth for up to ten hours a day! They didn’t see the desperately starving, furiously seeking woman who wasn’t willing to tolerate another day of being lied to!
They want the results, but they usually aren’t willing to do the hard work to get the results! They usually aren’t fed up enough with the trash they have believed!
“Stop determining your worth and value by what other people say. Be determined by what the Word of God says.” ~ Joyce Meyer
What lie has been holding you back?