Lies Women Believe – and the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a book that I believe every Christian woman should read. DeMoss lovingly addresses 40 lies that ensnare many women in the church today and corrects them with the truth of God’s Word.
Here is the tricky thing. Many of us don’t consciously realize that we are believing lies. I didn’t! The problem was that what I said I believed matched up with the Bible, but what I actually lived did not. And I didn’t even notice the disparity.
– I said I believed God was sovereign, but I lived as if everything depended on me and as if God either didn’t exist or was too powerless and impotent to help me. I lived as if I believed that I was sovereign, not God. That is why I was so worried, anxious, and afraid.
– I said Jesus was my Lord, but I lived with Self on the throne of my heart. I wanted my will much more than God’s will.
– I could quote the verses in the Bible about that I should trust God and not be afraid. But I was filled with fear because I didn’t actually believe God would do what He said He would do and I didn’t actually believe that He was who He said He was.
The key to peace comes in knowing that God is God, not me. He is good. He is sovereign. He is love, holiness, faithfulness, purity, justice, majesty, omnipotence, wisdom, and righteousness. I can rest in the truth about God. I can have His peace and joy when I embrace God’s Word with all of myself and rest my whole weight on it. When I am trusting Him and fully yielded to Him, giving Him all that I am – He gives me all of Himself. I get to have His Spirit flooding my soul and His supernatural fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Jesus spoke to the woman at the well – a woman who did not believe the truth about God and whose life was in shambles because she had built her life on her own ideas and her own wisdom rather than God’s truth. Here is what He said to her in John 4:10,13-14, 23-24:
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water…” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life… But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Each of us are thirsty for the Living Water about which Jesus speaks.
Each of us desperately need this spring of spiritual water, welling up to eternal life in us. God wants us to worship Him – but for us to do that – we must acknowledge that He and His Word are the only source of Truth. Not our culture. Not our feelings. Not our wisdom. Not Hollywood. Not our parents. Not that guy we think we must have to be content in life.
We all need Jesus. And we need the real Jesus. Are we willing to allow God to shine the blazing Light of His Word into the darkest corners of our souls and allow Him to remove everything that is not of Him? Are we willing to lay all that we are, all that we have, all of our hopes and dreams down on the altar before Him if only we can have Jesus? Are we willing to give up our worldly thoughts and allow God to renew and regenerate our souls and minds with His true thoughts?
Let’s have a discussion about the lies we – or other women we know – believe about God.
1. What are the biggest struggles you have when it comes to trusting Him?
2. Do you believe He is truly good?
3. Do you understand and rest in His sovereignty? Why or why not?
4. Do you believe His Word is the only source of absolute truth? If you don’t believe His Word is the source of all truth, what do you trust instead and why?
5. Do you find that there are other things or people that you really trust more than you trust God and His Word? If so, where is your trust? Where is your hope?
6. What do you believe you need to be truly content in this life? What are your greatest fears? The answers to these questions will help you determine if you have idols in your heart above Christ.
As we reject lies and worldly thinking about God and embrace the truth of the Bible about Him, we can build our lives on the Solid Rock of Christ instead of the sinking sand of human wisdom.