When we moved to Jordan in 1997, Bethany was five and Joshua was two. Friends and family from America would occasionally send us VHS tapes of kids’ shows that they taped off the TV for our kids to watch. One of the shows they enjoyed was the Big Comfy Couch. It was a Canadian preschool television series about Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly, who solved everyday problems on their “Big Comfy Couch”. Each episode focused on a theme or lesson. One of the episodes we remember in vivid detail was when Loonette told a few lies to Molly and another clown named Major Bedhead. Neither believed Loonette because she was “squirming like a worm”, a dead giveaway to the fact that she was lying.
I will let you watch a video of the song that ensued and you will see why it made such a big impression on us. Caution: it contains graphic images, watch at your own risk 😉
If we’re honest, we all have struggled with the temptation to tell lies. It is part of our sin nature to not tell the truth when there will be negative consequences or when we will look bad to others. But telling lies causes division and a breach of trust – it is very harmful to relationships. Trust is easy to lose but very difficult to gain back.
We also face the temptation to believe lies about ourselves and the world around us. They may be lies we tell ourselves or others have said to us. They may simply be thoughts we entertain and overtime believe as true (“stinkin’ thinkin'”).
Do you remember the original lie, when the devil caused Adam and Eve to doubt God’s goodness? He took part of the truth and twisted it into a lie, leading them to believe God was keeping them from something good. Jesus described the devil this way:
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
This same “father of lies” is busy today trying to deceive us, working on getting us to believe lies about ourselves and others and wanting us to doubt God’s goodness and grace in our lives. (If you doubt that he is really doing this, he’s already won half the battle). What can we do about it?
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist… Ephesians 6:11-15
I have read the above passage dozens of times, but today is the first time I noticed that the first part of the armor mentioned is the BELT OF TRUTH. We must “arm” ourselves with God’s truth which He has given us in the Bible and through His Spirit living within us (we often refer to this as “our conscience”).
Listen to the following lies and see if you’ve heard them or said them before (including to yourself):
“You’re too __________” (ugly, fat, stupid, old, geeky etc)
“You’ll never be _______ enough” (good, smart, popular, pretty etc)
“You’ll never belong or fit in”
“You don’t deserve ________” (love, happiness, respect etc)
“I’ll always be this way, I can’t change”
“I can’t forgive _____________” (myself, my spouse, my parent etc)
“Bad things shouldn’t happen to me because I’m a good person”
“You must have done something wrong to have this bad thing happen to you”
“Nothing I do matters”
“What I do doesn’t affect other people”
“There’s nothing special about me”
Now some truth to combat these lies:
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
When you hear something negative or have a negative thought, ask God if it is true or if it is a lie. If there is some truth to it, ask God to help you deal with it. If it is a lie, reject it, ask God to take it from you, and choose to stop yourself from ruminating about it.
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Focusing on negative things will color the way you see and experience life – spend time instead thinking about the good things and the blessings you have.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8-9
The link to one of the best books I’ve read on this subject is below – I highly recommend it for further study on this topic: