Drop some bombs. Truth Bombs that is.
“What in the world does that mean?”, you might ask. Hold tight, we’re going to get to that. First, read this. 😉
“I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I’ve ever met feels it – something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and, I am too much at the same time. Not pretty enough, not disciplined enough. But too emotional, too needy, too sensitive, too strong, too opinionated, too messy. The result is Shame, the universal companion of women. It haunts us, nipping at our heels, feeding on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone.”
If you’ve been a person of the female species for more than two seconds, I’m pretty sure you’ve felt some part of that statement to be true for you, if not all of it.
Here’s something you need to know – it’s all a big. fat. lie.
The truth is that we are living for eternity, for that day when we will see Jesus face to face and live forever in perfect relationship with him. The
The truth is that because of what Jesus has done, because he sees you as sinless and perfect (if you know him), you are free of failure. All your failures were nailed to the cross and washed away by the blood of Jesus. You are beautiful, pure, holy, and complete.
Yes! You are!
Let that sink in for a minute.
Let it cut through all the layers of lies piled on top of that foundational truth until it hits the core of who you are.
But most of us don’t feel that way, do we? We feel like that paragraph from Captivating – “not enough” and yet “too much at the same time”. Never quite able to measure up to that ideal woman of God.
For me, this is how my day feels sometimes:
Daily devotion time? Nope. Too busy and tired.
Losing weight? Nope.
Clean house? Ha!
Laundry done? Ha! Ha!
Made it through the day without yelling at my kids? Nope.
Meals prepared? Take out again.
Baby sleeping through the night yet? Nope.
I’m sure you could probably easily make a list like that of all the ways you feel like you’re struggling or failing.
Satan is a liar, my friend, and he knows EXACTLY what to tell you, what to show you, what to bombard you with to keep you from living in the fullness of the freedom and life that Jesus has already given you. His goal is to keep you feeling like you never quite measure up, that you can never truly be the woman Jesus has called you to be.
For me, this realization really began to hit home after reading The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson. I highly recommend it. It will probably change your life. It taught me to grab hold of each lie, each failure I thought I had, and not just take it captive, but to then put it on trial before the truth of God’s Word. It’s amazing how fast those lies disintegrate in the light of God’s truth.
As I’ve come to start learning to discern between Jesus’ truth and Satan’s lies, I picture all of Satan’s lies as walls that we allow to grow up around our heart and spirit, holding us captive. At the bottom of those walls is a foundation that we’ve buried – Jesus, his love, our joy, and our freedom in him.
We can focus so much on our failures and feelings of shame, especially when we compare ourselves to others and try to be what we think we should be, that we lose sight of that foundation, of who we already are in Christ because of what Jesus has done for us. We filter ourselves and everything around us through those walls. We forget that that foundation, the truth of what Jesus has done for us, is truly who we are.
So how do you get rid of all those walls? How do you walk in freedom, and life, and joy in Jesus? How do you come to live with the understanding that your success or failure is not determined by what you do or don’t do, by whether or not your house is clean or your children are perfect angels, that it’s determined by who you are in Christ?
We’re going to drop some bombs.
Yep, you read that right. We’re going to bomb those walls and destroy them. Oh, yah, baby! (I live in a house full of boys. Bombing things is pretty much a daily occurrence around here.) 😉
God’s Word is powerful – bomb strength powerful (and then some!) – so we’re going to use it to obliterate Satan’s lies. We’re going to drop some “Truth Bombs”.
We’re going to take Satan’s lies – the walls – and match them up with God’s Word – the Truth Bombs.
The first page is a bunch of Truth Bombs that I think are applicable to most of us. Print it out, cut it up and put these bombs up in places where you will see them throughout the day so you can continually have the truth in front of you, filling your heart and mind with God’s Word. Tape them up around the house, use them as bookmarks, make a custom coffee mug, etc.
The second page is blank so you can create your own custom Truth Bombs that speak right to your beautifully unique heart. Keep some of these in your Bible so you can fill them out when you come across scripture that speaks to a lie you struggle with. (Or if you’re completely electronic, maybe start an Evernote journal that you can copy and paste your Truth Bombs into for easy access.)
And, while God’s Word is the most powerful Truth Bomb, you don’t have to use only his Word. Truth is truth and if you find a quote, a poem, something a friend said, whatever – if it helps you bomb the lies you struggle with, use it!
Music that speaks God’s truth is one of my favorite varieties of Truth Bombs, so here are a couple of Truth Bomb songs to add to your playlist.
When you start to feel those insecurities and thoughts of failure creeping in, take a few minutes to be still, crank up these songs, and sit at the feet of your Savior. Let all your burdens, all your to-do lists, all your sense of failings fall off your shoulders and to the feet of your Savior as the truth of these songs washes over you. Let those lies be consumed in the fiery presence of His love. Sit at His feet and let Him speak life to your heart. Amen?!
Have I completely bombed all the lies I struggle with? Not yet. But I’m learning more and more to recognize those lies, take them captive, put them on trial before the truth of God’s Word, and then watch them disintegrate in the light of His truth. I pray this post helps you do the same.
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