The Lies of Childhood

Overcome MountainsDid anyone ever tell you a lie as a child that you believed was true? We all know about “little white” lies people say are supposed to protect us. And lies about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

But what about the lies of childhood that become the mountains and wounds of adulthood?

What about the lies that become so ingrained in our minds as truth that we can’t get over them? We can’t get around them? They may heal enough to get scabs, but then something scrapes us the wrong way and the pain tears us apart as the wounds open again. What about those lies?

Have you heard the lies of childhood? You were a mistake. You disgust me. You’ll never amount to anything. You’re worthless. You’ll never be as pretty/thin/smart/successful as her. If you weren’t bad I wouldn’t have to do this. Your mother never really loved you. This is what you have to do to get boys to like you. No one will ever love you.

Have you heard lies like that? Most of us have heard them. Many of us still believe them. And those lies prevent us from being able to move forward in life.

They keep us looking back at the past and believing that we will never be good enough. If we weren’t good enough as an innocent child, how can we ever measure up as a struggling adult? If people continue to put us down, how can a perfect God ever really love us?

Three important truths:

1. It’s not what we can do, it’s what God has already done. God gave us His Son to be our Savior. No one, not even the best person you know, can ever be “good enough” without Jesus as Savior. Our “goodness” identity comes from Him.

2. If we accept Jesus as our Savior, we are no longer clothed in our sin. All of the dirt and bad things from the past are washed away. Completely. God sees the covering of Jesus when He looks at us. And that is way more than good enough.

3. Often the battle to rise above our circumstances and move forward into new life has to start with a decision. A decision to move the mountain of childhood lies.

How do we move a mountain?

We tell it to get out of our way. Then we let go of our feelings and take hold of God’s Truth. And we let Jesus lead us from here.

Victory is won when we believe God instead of the mountain of lies.

When we have faith in God, His power is unleashed in our lives. When we trust God, He can move the mountains. With His power all things are possible. And it starts with us believing that He can and will redeem our hard places for His glory. Why? Because of who He is. He is our Creator, our Father, our Savior, our Provider, our Defender, our Friend. He is trustworthy, good, loving, merciful, just, powerful, all-knowing, faithful, unchanging.

It’s time for us to stand up to the lies of childhood and tell that mountain to move. If we trust God and believe that He is still in the new life business, we can walk forward with Him––beyond the mountains of the past.

“‘I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’” Matthew 17:20

Let’s Talk: What mountain is standing in your way today?

May I pray?

Jesus, thank You for telling us that we have the power to move mountains when we believe in You and walk in Your power. Help us to believe that when You live in us, our identity is in You. Please help us to let go of the lies of the past and not listen to their ring. Give us the courage to turn to Your Word and begin focusing on truth instead of lies. Amen.

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