With tears streaming down her face one of my daughters ran into my bathroom one morning as I was getting ready. Burying her head into my stomach she cried, “Mommy, make her stop! ‘So and so’ is not saying kind words! She called me a name and it hurt my feelings. I’m not a _______. She is lying!”
Speaking words of love and kindness is something I intentionally work on with my three daughters. In a world that tells women to “speak it like it is” to make your voice heard – even if it is screaming and filled with anger and hate – just speak your “truth” for the world to hear. I’m desperately trying to teach my daughters otherwise.
Yes, God has blessed each of us with a voice, and it is important we feel the freedom to share what God has laid on our hearts. But as Christian women, we also have a responsibility in how we use our voice and our freedom. We need to do so in a God-honoring way.
Daily I remind my girls we all have a choice: we can either build others up or tear them down based on the words we choose. I want my girls to learn the power of their words and how they can use them to either bring life – by encouraging others and speaking love into their lives – or they can bring death by their criticism and judgment. I want my girls to learn to the importance of building others up through their words.
I also want them to learn that just because someone says something about you, doesn’t make it true. We live in a world filled with lies, and we have to teach our children, and ourselves, to listen to the Voice of truth rather than the lies of the world.
We see this same struggle with Adam and Eve. Like us, they had a choice: believe God is good and had their best in mind, or believe the lie that God was withholding something good from them. And just like Satan, he twisted the truth and lied to Eve, making her think God was withholding something good from her. Faced with the decision to obey God or listen to the lies of the deceiver, Eve chooses to gratify her desire for wisdom instead of living her life by faith and obeying God.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining WISDOM, she took some and ate it.” – Genesis 3:6
And as daughters of Eve, we make the same decision.
We listen to what the world says about us instead of going to God’s Word and reading what He says. We allow the world to speak into our hearts and minds and tell us our worth.
When Eve felt as though she was lacking, she allowed Satan to tempt her – not only through her eyes and hands – but in her desire to improve herself. She felt she needed more wisdom.
And how many times have I found myself in Eve’s shoes? How many times have I felt I’m not enough? How many times have I desired more wisdom in my life but turned to the lies of the world instead of the Word of Truth? For me, it’s a daily struggle.
At the heart of any lie is the belief that God doesn’t know what’s best. We think that our wisdom is better than His.
“You will not surely die, ” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:4-5
And that lie brought death. Not just for Adam and Eve, but for everyone.
But because of God’s great love for us, He came and rescued us from all the lies we have believed and all of the lies we have spoken to ourselves and to others. He laid His life down for us each of us, shattering the ultimate lie that God doesn’t love us.
Like Adam and Eve, we have a choice. Are we going to believe God’s truth or Satan’s lies?
When we choose to walk in God’s wisdom, we choose to live our lives in God’s truth.
Friends, may we be women who delight in God’s truth and stop believing the lies spoken to us in this world. May we be women who know God’s truth and no longer listen to the lies of our enemy. God loves us, is for us, and is the Giver of the wisdom we seek. May we be women who choose to live our lives by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are beautiful because He created us.
We are loved because He loves us.
We are whole because He fills our gaps.
The world’s lies imprison us, but thankfully we have a choice: we don’t have to listen to the world. We can choose to listen to the Voice of Truth!
Let’s dig into God’s truth, because His truth sets us free…
Let’s Talk: What lies are you believing right now in your life?
Love God Greatly!
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