Truths from the Prayer Stations - Dispel the Lies Sermon

Identity:


Lie: I’m worthless! We don’t matter in the grand scheme, I don’t matter to God as much as other women do
Matthew 18:12; “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
Luke 12: 6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Other verse(s): Psalm 139:13-15 and Jeremiah 29:11

Lie: Our value as women is based in our appearance
1 Samuel 16:7 - ...The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Psalm 139: 13-14 - For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


Lie: I have no purpose.
Truth: God has a purpose for my life.
Psalm 37:23- "The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives."
Other Verse(s)- Psalm 138:8, John 10:10, Ephesians 2:10

Lie: There is nothing special about me.
Truth: I am made in the image of God.
Genesis 1:26- "Then God said, 'Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us'..."
Other Verse(s)- Genesis 9:6, Jeremiah 1:5, Isaiah 49:1 & 5

Lie: I don't have what I need.
Truth: My God is my provider.
Philippians 4:19- "And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."


Lie: I have no abilities God could use.
Truth: I have been given spiritual gifts to use for God's service.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11- "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have."

Lie: I am weak.
Truth: I am strong in Christ.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Other Verse(s)- Acts 1:8, Ephesians 3:16

Lie: I am not very smart.
Truth: I have God's wisdom.
Proverbs 2:6 & 7- "For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity."
Other Verse(s)- 1 Corinthians 1:30

Lie: I am miserable.
Truth: I have God's comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.


Lie: I don't belong anywhere.
Truth: I am God's child. I belong to Him.
Romans 8:16 - "And since we are his children, we are his heirs."
Other Verse(s)- Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5, 1 John 3:2. Isaiah 43:1

Selfishness:

Lie: I deserve _______________(fill in the blank)! It is my right!

Luke 9:23-24 (NLT)
23 Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. Jeremiah 10:23


Lie: If you make yourself your number one priority, everything else will fall in place.

Truth: Selfishness never leads to serenity for yourself and certainly not for others.
Philippians 2:4-7, ESV - Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Romans 2:8, ESV - ...but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.

Lie: It's ok for me to criticize

Matt 7:1“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2For you will be treated as you treat others.a The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.  3“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?




Worry/Thoughts:


Lie: I can’t control my thoughts.  I can’t stop worrying.

Truth: I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).

Philippians 4:6 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Lie: I am confused.
Truth: I have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16- "for, 'Who can know the Lord's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?' But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ."


Lie: I am defeated.
Truth: I am victorious.
Romans 8:37- "No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us."
Other Verse(s)- 2 Corinthians 2:14, 1 John 5:4


Condemnation:


Lie: God can’t forgive this sin.  

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

Lie: “I’m my past mistakes.”
2 Corinthians 5:17: this means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

Lie: “I’m a bad mom.”
Proverbs 31:26: when she speaks her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
Proverbs 31:28: her children stand and bless her

Lie: “I’m not good enough.”
Ephesians 2:10: for we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


Lie: I feel guilty.
Truth: I am forgiven and blameless.
Psalm 103:12- "He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west."
Other Verse(s)- Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14-20, Hebrews 10:7, John 3:18, Romans 8:1

Control:


Lie: We have to control/ We have to have everything together and APPEAR to have everything together/We have to know everything
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.





Relationship with God:


Lie: I have no father.
Truth: God is my Father.
Romans 8:15 & 16- "So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, 'Abba, Father.' For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children."
Other Verse(s)- Matthew 7:9-11


Lie: We have to strive to cultivate His presence; doing so is strenuous or hard.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
James 4:8 “Come near to God and He will come near to you…”

Lie: "I have to earn God wanting to spend time with me and talk to me."
      Psalm 116:2 (NLT) Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
      Zeph. 3:17 - "The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory, he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will quiet you with his love, he will exult over you with singing."
      

Lie: "I have to do the right things so God will give me things I need and/or want.  (In other words - I must earn the right to have his favor.)
Eph. 1:6 - "...to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved."
Extra verse(s): Psalm 23


Lie: I am not good enough for God.
Truth: I am made perfect in Christ.
Hebrews 10:14- "For by that one offering He forever made perfect those who are being made holy."
Other Verse(s)- Colossians 2:13

Lie: I can't reach God.
Truth: I have direct access to God.
Ephesians 2:6- "For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus."
Other Verse(s)- 1 Peter 2:5 & 9

Lie: I must perform to please God.
Truth: I am dead to the standard of performance.
Romans 6:14- "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace."
Other Verse(s)- Romans 7:4-6


Relationships with others:


Lie: "I can only have close relationships with other women who are "like me""
Truth: There is something beautiful in everyone and I don't want to limit learning from different people
Romans 15:7- "Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."
1 Corinthians 12: 18-20; 25 - But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
Other Verse(s)- Psalm 139


Lie: We need to compare ourselves to other women
Galatians 6:4 - Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.

Lie: No one loves me.
Truth: I am precious to God.
John 15:9- "I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love."
Other Verse(s)- Romans 8: 38 & 39, Ephesians 2:4, Ephesians 5:1, 1 John 4:10 & 11, Isaiah 62:4 & 5


Lie: I have no one to take care of me.
Truth: God provides for and protects me.
Psalm 32:7 - For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.






Discouragement:


Lie: Your goal is impossible and will end in disappointment; quit while you’re ahead.

Truth: God urges me to keep going--one faithful step after another--to overcome and be rewarded.
Galatians 6:9 - Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Revelation 21:7 - He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.


Lie: I am alone.
Truth: I am never alone.
Deuteronomy 31:6- "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Other Verse(s)- Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:38-39

Lie: I feel like a failure.
Truth: I get my competency from God
2 Corinthians 3:5 & 6- "Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
Other Verse(s)- Philippians 4:13

Lie: I have no confidence.
Truth: I have every reason to be confident.
Proverbs 3:26- "For the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared."
Other Verse(s)- Proverbs 11:26, Proverbs 28:1, Hebrews 10:19, Ephesians 3:17

Lie: I will always be depressed.
Truth: I have every reason to be hopeful.
Romans 15:13- "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Other Verse(s)- Psalm 16:11, Psalm 27:13, Psalm 31:24

Lie: You are alone in your struggles.  I have a harder life than other people.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.


Fulfillment in the World or Sin:


Lie: I am overpowered by my sin.
Truth: I am dead to sin.
Romans 6:11- "So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus."

Extra verse(s)- Colossians 3:9-10

Lie: Obtain, achieve, or accumulate X, Y, or Z and you will be filled.

Truth: The world offers only temporary pleasures that are insatiable
1 John 2:15-17- Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Proverbs 27:20 - Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

Lie: I am the same person I always was.

Truth: I have been crucified with Christ. I have a new life in Him.
Galatians 4:7- " Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir."
Extra verse(s)- 2 Corinthians 5:7


Lie: I am overcome by addicted.
Truth: I am free from bondage.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT) For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
John 8:36- So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 
Fear:

Lie: I am afraid.
Truth: I have nothing to fear.
Psalm 34:4- "I prayed to the Lord and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears."
Extra verse(s)- 2 Timothy 1:7, 1 Peter 5, John 4:4


Lie: I am afraid of Satan.
Truth: I have authority over Satan.
Colossians 1:13- "For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins."

1 John 4:4- But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Mark 16:17- These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”
Extra verses- Revelation 12:11


Lie: I should be afraid of death.
Truth: I am assured of Heaven and it's going to be amazing!
1 John 5:11 & 12- "And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life."
Extra verses- John 10 27-30, John 14:1-3,


Lie: I’m not safe.

Truth: God is my protector

Joshua 1:9 9 - Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Philippians 4:7 - I have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength,
   always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come...

Heather Cooper