Day 5: Choosing Truth Over Lies
Lie: I’m weak.
Truth: My strength is in the Lord!
Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.”
Today Laurie Miller is sharing with us to encourage us to believe our strength is in the Lord. Laurie invites us to join her in choosing to believe that God can enable us to do anything:
I never used to believe this lie about myself, but after twelve years of living with chronic illness, I find myself buying into it almost every day: I’m weak. It has completely eroded my confidence, and it holds me in a prison governed by two little words: I can’t.
The most frustrating thing about this lie is that it feels true. Some days the fatigue and pain seem too much. Once you believe this lie, you don’t attempt anything, even when God nudges you forward. You simply don’t believe that you can accomplish the task before you.
The most tragic thing about buying into this lie is that you won’t partner with God to do the work He wants to do with you. You find yourself believing thoughts like:
I can’t write a book.
I can’t get a degree.
I can’t sing on stage.
I cant _______ (add yours).
You believe your weakness is greater than your gift and greater than your God. Your “I can’t” becomes greater than your “He can.”
God’s people, the Israelites, bought into this lie, and it kept them wandering in a wilderness for forty years. When it was finally time to go into the land God had promised them, He said these words to them:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them [the people in the land], for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV)
Imagine how many things we could accomplish if we truly believed these words! If God could create an entire world from nothing and could raise Jesus from the dead, then He can give us the strength to do anything!
So, the question is, what keeps you from moving forward with God?
The truth is that nothing can keep God from doing anything through us if we simply ask God to help us overcome the lies we are believing. So, today will you join me in choosing to believe that God can enable us to do anything?
Will you choose to believe that your strength is in the Lord?
Read Psalm 28:7, What does the psalmist say the Lord is to him? How does his heart respond?
Read Romans 8: 26. Complete the verse:
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our ___________.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:27-31. How does this differ from what the world says about strength and weaknesses? How does this encourage your heart? Who should we boast in?
Is there something that God is asking you to step out and do? Are you afraid you are not strong enough? Choose a verse of truth and write a personal prayer asking God to guide and strengthen you.
You are stronger than all our fears, failures, and enemies. You say you will go before us and behind us. Help us trust in your strength. Let the strength of the Lord be our joy and our song! In Jesus name, Amen