How to Replace a Lie with the Truth in 3 Steps
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head on repeat? You hearing it play as you fall asleep and as soon as you wake up, and instead of having quiet thoughts, all you can think about is the song!
That happened to me last week and it was terrible! It was one of my son’s silly songs about belly buttons…pretty bad, I know! But it got me thinking, “How on earth do I get this stinkin’ song out of my head?” It is simple, I replace it with a new and better song. Then it occurred to me, this is how you replace a lie!
Humans have a tendency to over complicate things. When we are faced with a challenge (like replacing a lie with the truth), we easily get overwhelmed because we don’t know the steps to take. I’m going to break down how to replace a lie with the truth in 3 easy steps so you don’t have to be swamped with figuring it out yourself!
1. Identify the Lie’s Root
This is probably the hardest step but it is essential to the process. If you fail in identifying a lie’s root, the nasty thing will crop up again like a weed. What we believe about ourselves and God can manifest itself in different ways but it can be caused by the same source. You could possibly kill two birds with one stone (or three or four!) when you search out the root of a lie.
If you’re struggling with self confidence, valuing yourself, or seeing yourself as a beautiful creation of God, it is probably because you are believing a lie like this: you are not enough and too much at the same time.
If you are having difficulties trusting God, His Word, or seeing Him as faithful, it probably has to do with a lot of let downs from flawed people in your life. Maybe your mom was unreliable, your dad absent, or your friends unsupportive. Because of your experiences, you could be projecting that on God, which is not His character.
How do you identify the root of a lie? Take some quiet time and ask God, “What lie am I believe about myself (or about You)?” Write out whatever comes to mind and ask God which one is the root. Then move to step two.
If hearing the voice of God is a challenge for you, I’ve written many articles about the topic, including a Bible study. Click here to learn about how to hear God.
2. Search God’s Word for His Truth
Discovering what God says about you is incredible. Once you become a Christian, God gives you a new identity. He calls you His child, His beloved, a queen, a priest and more! Doing a Bible study about this will do your soul a world of good if you struggle with self esteem issues!
To help you get started, I have an infographic called “Who I am” that creatively provides many of our new names. I suggest you pick a few names that speak to your heart, find the verses in the Bible, and read the surrounding chapter.
If you are believing lies about God, a good place to start is discovering the meaning behind the names of God. He has many and they are all really cool! My favorites are YAHWEH-JIREH, YAHWEH-RAPHA, and ELOHIM.
If you look them up online, it is questionable if you will find a correct translation, so I highly suggest looking them up in the Strong’s Concordance, which can be accessed through BibleHub.com by clicking here (use the search bar at the top) or download eSword by clicking here and use the Strong’s Concordance that they include in their free Bible study software.
3. Pluck Out the Lie and Replace it with the Truth
During this same quiet time with God, write and verbally tell God that you are removing the root of the lie and that you no longer choose to believe it. Then say and write the truth of God’s that you chose to believe instead of the lie.
If you are a visual person, you can picture the lie as an ugly weed that you are removing from your heart and mind. Then, you can imagine planting a beautiful flower in the hole where the lie-weed was!
Whenever the thought comes up to believe the lie, verbally say, “I no longer believe that lie, I believe God’s truth, which is _____!” I know saying this out loud will probably make you feel silly, but it is important!
There is power in declaring the Word of God verbally. Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” So, if you want to be saved from the lie, then confess the truth with your mouth!
Replacing a lie with the truth is as simple as that! Depending on how well rooted the lie is and how well you know the Bible, it may take you longer than others to complete the process, but that is okay! Everyone has to start somewhere.
Be made holy by the truth of God! John 17:17