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And so as we wrap-up our Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Makeover series, what can we do to reprogram the neural pathways that are so heavily-ingrained after many years of growth?
The answer always seems to point to this: truth.
We of the flesh can be easily swayed and since we are incredibly vulnerable as beings that feel and think, the enemy likes to trap us under so we can’t maximize our true selves – the selves we were created to be.
Now, don’t get me wrong here – I’m not looking for the enemy under every stone. I don’t live in fear of him because then he wins.
And I hate when he wins. For the record.
But I also don’t deny that there is indeed an enemy – that’s Biblical truth. He works in ways that are sneakier than I ever imagined or realized until the past two years.
We can pick-up a slew of “Ungodly Beliefs” – beliefs about God that are not true but we have accepted them to be true because it’s been developed in our neural pathways incorrectly and well, now we have a neural pathway for a false belief.
For example, let’s say we’ve somehow somewhere picked up the ungodly believe of “I will never be appreciated or loved for who I am.”
So because we believe this to be true of ourselves, what do you think we do? Yes. We try to be someone we aren’t. We shun intimacy. We put on airs. We re-invent ourselves to not be who we are but instead who we think others want us to be.
We lose sight of our soul longings because we don’t like who we are and since no one seems to appreciate us for us, we pretend to be an us we are not.
But there’s hope – we can stop pretending because this is 1) a lie we have chosen to believe from the enemy and 2) something that can be changed.
When we identify our specific “ungodly beliefs” (also called our “Core Lies”) then we can begin the hunt for scripture to blast those lies right out of the water.
Take that, sucka fool. (Remember I once said I never claimed to be a sophisticated writer?)
A few years ago, I worked through Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study. In one session, she shared a story about how she walks with a gun in her pocket when she’s exercising because she lives on a ranch in Texas where rattlesnakes are the norm. If one of those snakes crosses her path, she just pulls out that gun and it’s blasted into oblivion and no longer a danger to her.
These antidotal scriptures are precisely the bullets that will blast the lying serpents away from your path.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105
So let’s get back to our example of the lie of believing no one will love us for who we are…
Once we identify our core lies, then the scripture we can focus upon daily can be the bullet to blast it away.
Here are just a few examples:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. – Psalm 139:13-15
Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. – Matthew 10: 28-30
* All of Psalm 139
And there are more, of course, but for the sake of space, I won’t list them here. You should also know that this information is not from me. My husband and I were blessed to be a part of a ministry called “Repair the Breach” and Doug and Kristy Griffin, the ministry leaders, taught us about ungodly beliefs and how to “blast them.” They’re good – you must check them out.
So what have you learned during this journey of remaking our Stinkin’ Thinkin’? What else would you like to know? Discuss? I want your feedback because…this is going to be expanded and made into an eBook.
And since the deadline for said eBook is November 1, I’ll be pulling some “vintage posts” out around here and I’m also welcoming guest posts. Message me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Thank you for journeying with me, sisters! (Oh – and those three brothers out there who join us as well!)