Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Truth that Defeats The Lies I've Told Myself


All Scripture in NIV unless otherwise noted.
 

LIE—I am all alone with no one to help me.

TRUTH

Hebrews 13:5-6 “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’”

 Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Joshua 1:5 “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

Matthew 28:20  “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

John 14:15-17 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your Name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

LIE—I am going to lose my mind.

TRUTH

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (NKJV)

Romans 8:6b “The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

1 Corinthians 14:15 “So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”

(See also, 1 Corinthians 2:16; Romans 8:27;)

LIE—I am not safe! There is no place where I can be safe!

TRUTH

Psalm 18:2 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (NLT)

 Deuteronomy 33:12 “The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by Him, Who shelters him all the day long; And he shall dwell between His shoulders.” (NKJV)

 Psalm 4:8 “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” (NKJV)

 Psalm 12:5 “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the LORD; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” (NKJV)

 Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (NKJV)

 (See also Psalm 91; 121; 139)

 LIE—I will never be at peace again.

TRUTH

Psalm 85:8  “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints— but let them not return to folly.”

 Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 32:17 “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

(See also, Psalm 29:11; 34:14; 1 Peter 3:11; John 20:19, 21, 26; Ephesians 2:14)

LIE—I’ll never change; I’ll always be afraid.

TRUTH

Isaiah 43:1-2;4  "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you.”

Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”

 Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Ephesians 6:10-11;14-18 “Be strong in the LORD and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit….”

(See also, Isaiah 35:4; 41:10; 41:13; Joshua 1:5-7; Jeremiah 30:10)


 

 

7 comments:

stephanie said...

Joni, thank you so much for this post. I am in the middle of a panic attack and it's really awful but I thank you so much for these scripture verses to combat all the lies going on in my head.

Anonymous said...

The devil trys so hard to deceive us but God's word holds the Truth and we know God never changes! Thanks for this wonderful post to remind us of God's promises!

Joni said...

For me, Scripture is the ultimate reality--not the panic. Panic feelings will disappear and the thoughts that go along with them, but God's Word is like a Rock that we can cling to, focus our thoughts on. Praying the Scriptures back to God brings an end to my panic faster than anything. And if we meditate on His Word, pray every day in honesty, ask for God to fill us with His Holy Spirit, and to help us love God and Jesus more than anything--the fearful thoughts and feelings won't be as intense or come as often. Because God has told us, His "perfect love drives out fear."

j said...

I am amazed at God's word continually and its power. I have been feeling very much like the first statement in this post, alone and without help. Here are the verses I used to meet those feelings: like you, I chose Josh 1:5 & Isa 49:15-16. Additionally, I jotted down the following:
Ps 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, the LORD will take care of me.
Isa 46:3-4 Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by Me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
Ps 71:6 Upon You I have leaned from before my birth; you are He who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of You.
Dt 33:27 The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Isa 41:13 For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
I also included Ps 139:1-13, Ps 40:12-13, 17, and Ps 127:2-7 on my list. Thank you very much for posting all this. My therapist keeps emphasizing the importance of combatting lies with God's truth. It is a blessing to see this in practice. :)

Joni said...

Thank you, j, for the additional verses. I love how the truth in them speaks to our hearts and restores our minds. Truly, His Word is our Sword of the Spirit to help us bring to swordpoint those lies that need extinguishing. :)

Mari said...

Just found your website and am very blessed by this post because you have voiced some of the same lies I've believed. Will meditate on these verses.

Joni said...

Read them slowly and let them sink in. I've learned God's Word affects me more when I slow down--something this world doesn't value. :)