Today, fill your mind with truth.

How to Break the Power of Lies in Your Life

We sat around the kitchen table, taking turns opening our hearts and looking deep into one another’s eyes, the silence lingering in the air.

I was uncomfortable.

Guided into green pasturesDon’t get me wrong: I’ve learned to trust these women and love them and appreciate their encouragement every time I bore my soul. But sharing the most vulnerable parts of me never gets easier, no matter how many times I take a deep breath and begin.

But here’s the thing: lies lose their grip on us when we recognize them for what they are, as we learn to speak those demonic half-truths out loud and let trusted mentors and friends speak truth over us. The enemy loves to distort a truth just enough to make it mean something totally different, because he has come to lie, steal, and destroy.

  • If I don’t look physically attractive, my husband is going to leave me.
  • If I don’t eat that extra slice of pizza, who knows when I’ll have another?
  • It’s just a romance novel; it’s not like I’m being unfaithful or anything.
  • Why should I deprive myself of that brownie?! I’ve had a stressful day, and I deserve it!
  • If God really loved me, He would make my dream come true right now.

On and on those lies roll around in our hearts and minds and we get comfortable with them, we own them… they feel safe and comfortable. They’re so closely knit to our daily thought process that they’re indistinguishable, blending in with the chores to be done, the dry cleaning to pick up, and the new recipe I want to try this weekend. Those lies make themselves at home, and the longer they stay, the more we believe them. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Lies 

Seventy-eight times in the Gospels, Jesus says “I tell you the truth!” Jesus speaks the truth because He IS Truth. You can’t kick out the lies from your mind on your own; you need Truth to come in and fill your heart with Himself.Today, fill your mind with truth.

This journey toward Truth is done in community, dear friends. It’s made up of sharing and listening, praying and encouraging, inviting Jesus to come with His Truth and shine His Light. When we allow our sisters to peek into our hearts and see the pain, confusion, embarrassment… we begin  to see those half-truths for what they are: lies sent from the enemy to destroy us.

So how do we break the power of lies in our lives?

  1. Share the lie with a trusted friend or mentor.
  2. Speak the Truth in its place.

It’s really that simple.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
~ James 5:16

I’ll admit, I was nervous when I hit “publish” on this post two weeks ago and this one last week. But something amazing happened when I did. God began to set me free of those lies and work healing in my life; I’ve been blown away by how many of you have responded with compassion and grace, even sharing with me that you’re in the same place, battling alongside me in the same trenches.

Thank you, dear sisters, for coming alongside me in this journey toward Grace and Truth. It’s a privilege to hear your stories and to share my own with you.

And today… today fill your minds with truth. With the words of truth we find in Scripture (like these Bible verses to overcome food cravings or these verses to encourage you on the hard days). But also with Truth Himself, who lives in us and set us free (John 8:36).

Because she whom the Son sets free (of sins, of lies, of bondage) will be FREE INDEED!


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Comments 14

  1. Latonya

    I agree wholeheartedly with your post. It’s the lies that keep us in bondage. Time and time again I’ve seen the power of sharing. Thanks for linking up; I truly enjoyed reading your thoughts. I will check out the other posts you linked, too. Blessings.

  2. Jeanne Takenaka

    Ahseritah, what a great, truth-filled post! My lies have mostly centered around the rejection I faced as a child. They’ve been with me a long, LONG time.

    But, like you said, when we put voice and words to those lies, and share them with those we trust? That’s when they lose their grip, allowing us room to breathe in God’s truth. And enabling us to become more who God created us to be.

    Super words here!

  3. Kimberly Nyborg

    I have had to overcome the little lies that so easily came from my heart. I prayed and ask God to heal me of that when my marriage fell apart and I had no where to turn but to God. It was the last place I struggled with being honest. Whether the check book or purchases I knew I had to turn a corner and come clean! Oh my is it freeing!

    I appreciate your post and believe that there are many who may read this and be convicted of the error of their ways if this is a besetting sin like it can be for many!

    Keep pressing on and bless your ministry!

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Well-said! (OK, except for the end, where you said FMF is a community of women…uh, I ain’t.)

    I sometimes have a tough time with lies; the past few years have been daunting, and in the absence of temporal good news, it can be all to easy to start losing the meaning of the journey.

    One of my most useful counters to this is to just keep doing what I am doing…as Churchill said, “When in despair, work on in despair.”

    It has gotten me through some pretty dark night.

  5. Holly Brown

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing the transformative truth found in God’s Word. I’m so grateful that you shared it with the Grace & Truth link-up!!

    I don’t see a link-back to our Grace & Truth link-up so I won’t be able to feature you or Pin you in our “Best of Grace & Truth” board, but I will check back to see if you’ve added it so I can do so, it’s also a requirement of you want to win the Grace & Truth giveaway.

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      asheritahc

      Holly, Thanks for your kind comment. I meant to include a link-back and totally forgot. Thanks for the reminder! It’s there now. 🙂

  6. Tina M Wright

    I was so blessed by this post. Thank you for writing it Asheritah! One of themes the Holy Spirit is working in me is the push towards community. Stumbling upon this post via #RaRaLinkup (and Susan Shipe’s retweet specifically) is a blessing. I especially loved this:

    “This journey toward Truth is done in community, dear friends. It’s made up of sharing and listening, praying and encouraging, inviting Jesus to come with His Truth and shine His Light.”

    Be blessed; Keep writing! 🙂

  7. Jayme

    I would like to commend you on sharing through your vulnerable areas. While I don’t disagree with you on anything you have written I do think it is presumptuous to state that all you have to do is tell the lie to a friend and believe the truth. Why would I say that because our adversary is the father of lies, it is his main weapon, it is what he used to bring about the fall of man. Lies when partnered with either by belief or action now have power over our lives and often go undetected because they become part of our belief system. Once a lie is believed it grows roots in our life and begins to affect every facet of life and belief system and becomes a stronghold on our life. Satan is the enemy of our soul, now what is our soul comprised of 3 parts our mind, our will, and our emotions. I think it is more than a coincidence that the enemy of soul uses lies as his primary weapon as the lies deeply affect our soul on all 3 parts. I am in no way trying to glorify the enemy or his tactics, just expose them. I said that I didn’t disagree with you and I don’t, I just know so many people are in bondage to lies and do not even know it. Many have lived the lie since child hood because he doesn’t fight fair and he goes after children. People do not even realize that they are bondage to a lie, because it is a part of them and their belief system. How can people be free and tell a friend the lie if they don’t know it is a lie ? I would to shift the focus to Jesus now and his ministry to us as the truth. Let us reflect on when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, a type and shadow of salvation. Now Lazarus was alive but he still had his stinky grave clothes on. Kind of like us when we come to Christ, he has saved us from death, but we still have the grave clothes of lies on us, and the stink. In my own life I have found that through the word, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the truth of my identity in and through Jesus is the only way to expose lies in one’s life, or we could say undetected lies. Sin is the by product of the lie, Jesus said he is the way, the truth and the light. The lie is the wrong direction away from God, the truth exposes the lie, needs to replace the lie. Sin is darkness and he is the light. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, destroy the lies by being the truth. One more thing I personally would add is that repentance needs to be a part of unpartering with a lie, well if Jesus is truth and any thing that sets it self up against truth it is a lie, I believe that Romans 2:8 says it best as I paraphrase from the NASB translation, if you don’t obey truth then you are obeying unrighteousness, therfore repentance would be needed. Please don’t think I am berating your post not at all, I really commend you for it, I have unfortunately partered with many lies over the years, I know ther affects, I know there power that we give them through belief, I know there purpose is to keep people from salvation, but glory be to Jesus name I know how it is to walk in freedom, to see the mighty hand of God destroy strongholds in my mind, to have the Holy Spirit displace the lie and speak the truth into me. One more thing that I might add just as a lie can grow roots and spread, the truth can do it even more, once you know your truth speak into your life daily, hourly, until it is not something you are believing but it is something you are living. God bless you and this ministry that God has called you to. Once again I am not belittling your article, just adding to the discussion from my own experience. I pray that between your article and my comment along with everyone else’s comments that some people will find deliverance from the lies, especially since that bill is already paid in full.

    1. Asheritah Ciuciu

      Jayme, thank you for adding to this conversation. I find your comment to be on-point.

      You’re right: it is the work of the Holy Spirit to expose lies in our lives, and even after we speak them out (confess) and claim God’s Truth in their place (repent), we will often need to guard against the lie trying to infiltrate once more. The very first time we do this is usually the hardest, and that’s where I believe God begins to break the power of that lie over us, but that doesn’t mean it’s a once-and-done deal. In my own life, I find I often need to fight against the same lie over and over again with God’s Truth.

      Thanks so much for your contribution! I appreciate you!

  8. Juliet M Loza

    Hello, I have been struggling as well in these lies filled in my mind. One thing that came or all of this came to me, because I have had a difficult time opening up to anyone. Because then I would be less of a person. But in that I am still forcing myself to go out in public to face these lies as I am at either the store or school, work. Etc. I really asking seeking to become comunicative with believers in Christ and the Truth. To notice what is lie and what is truth. I am tired guys and really need start somewhere. Online eazy to type in words but i dont know what others will say zo this iz a step forth!! May God bless you all and we keep one another motivated in the word.

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