When we believe truth, we first get free in our emotions and then in our experience. “The truth will make you free” (John 8:32). Believing lies creates emotional prisons and restrictions in our circumstances. Our greatest spiritual warfare is not against the devil but against lies in our thoughts which create strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Any conclusion or belief without hope attached to it is under the influence of a lie (Romans 15:13; Hebrews 10:23). A lack of hope in an area of our lives reveals we have been renewing our minds with lies. As we identify these falsehoods, we bring them out of darkness into light so they can be demolished and taken captive. Some examples of what these deceptive beliefs could be are:
- It’s difficult for me to hear God’s voice
- I am a poor decision-maker
- My prayers are not powerful and effective
- Things are only going to get worse
- God will not provide for me in the future
Where do these deceptions come from? Are there deeper lies that create these surface lies? Yes, there are. Here are three of them:
- The past experience lie – believing in past experience instead of God’s promises
- The works of the law lie – having an Old Covenant works mindset instead of a New Covenant believing in the finished work of Christ (grace) mindset
- The destination disease lie – thinking we have to wait for a better time to really live and attach great faith to what we are doing
Matthew 4:4 is the antidote to kingpin lies like these. “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The quality of our lives depends on our identifying what we believe God is telling us. We can overcome a lot of negative circumstances and outward non-success if we have a word from God. These words will give us a revelation of:
- God’s promises (both His general promises and our specific prophetic promises)
- Our biblical identity
- Our specific callings and assignments in this season
Possibly the most subtle kingpin lie for the Matthew 4:4 truths to overcome is the works of the law lie because it is impossible to have good beliefs if we have bad doctrine. Our Bible doctrines radically influence our beliefs about God and what it takes to please Him. If we have a works of the law theology, we will be:
- Cursed (Galatians 3:13)
- Cut off from God’s empowering grace(Galatians 5:4)
- Unwittingly increasing sinful behavior in our lives (Romans 5:20)
- Foolish (Galatians 3:1-5)
You might say, “How can I be believing lies? I’m a person of grace, not law.” That may be true, but let me ask you a few questions to make sure:
- When you sin or fail, do you immediately receive and press into the love of God?
- To overcome a problem or work toward a dream, do you focus much more on your beliefs than your actions?
- Do you believe your future blessings depend more on what Jesus did than what you do?
- Are you much more forgiveness and righteousness-conscious than you are guilt and sin-conscious?
If you answer no to any of these questions, then it is time to immerse yourself in teachings that emphasize the finished works of Jesus. Wendy and I are now reading Joseph Prince’s book The Power of Right Believing, and are making sure we have the right theological foundation of grace so we can have the right beliefs. With our theology and beliefs on-target, these kingpin lies don’t stand a chance. We bless you with John 8:32 truth and freedom so your life can glisten with the hope that Jesus paid for.