In my last post, Legalism and Lies, I outlined specific lies we tend to believe about ourselves. How do we break free from those lies? We use the Bible. Let’s search for the truth behind the Gospel and stop believing what ‘culture’ tells us. Let’s break free from legalism.
The Lies We Believe
1. I don’t read my Bible everyday. I’m not good enough.
But the Bible doesn’t say that the ‘readers of the word’ will be redeemed. James 1:21-22 says receive the word with meekness – or gentleness – and be doers of the word. Yes, it’s good read our Bibles. But that doesn’t earn our way into Heaven. If we go through a season and find ourselves struggling… I’m not good enough. But the Jesus inside me is.
2. I watched an R rated movie…I’m not worthy of the Gospel…
But if I decide in my heart to put on the robe of righteousness, Revelation 3:4 “they shall walk with him in white for they are worthy” then we become worthy – not because of anything I have or haven’t done. But because of what Jesus has already on the cross for me.
3. I said a bad word when I got angry. I’m not strong enough.
Psalm 46:1 God is our strength.
4. I’m scared to pray out loud. I’m not spiritual enough.
But perfect love casts out fear.1 John 4:18
5. I get depressed and I don’t know why….
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” — He can’t be near to the brokenhearted if our hearts aren’t broken
6. I can’t memorize these verses! I’m just not smart enough…
But I can do my best. And God sees and acknowledges that. That’s why Jesus simplified even the 10 commandments by breaking it down into: Love the Lord. Love your neighbors. I can remember that.
7. This is too hard …
2 Corinthians 12:9 God says, “I like it when you are weak. Because my power is made perfect in weakness.”
His power is made perfect in your weakness. What is holding you back? Have you been living as a Pharisee? – putting all these conditions and locks on your heart because of your own thoughts about yourself or what you have to do?
We don’t need all these ‘rules’ and ‘extra’ stuff for God to love us. He already does. It’s time to stop believing the lies and start searching for the truth in His Word.