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Replacing Lies With The Truth of God

“As a man thinks within his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:7

Each of us have an internal “voice” or internal dialogue in our head. This is often referred to as self-talk. Our self-talk can be either positive or negative. Effective counseling often begins with helping clients to identify the negative self-talk and replace those thoughts with positive ones.  At its heart, this is a solidly Christian and very effective technique.  We as Christians believe that the Truth will set us free. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who experience positive self-talk “…live healthier lifestyles – they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and have reduced rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.” Many of us have false beliefs about ourselves. Some of us feel unlovable, incapable, and at times unworthy. However, simply telling ourselves positive things sometimes falls short. Christians believe the Truth found in the scriptures of the Bible will never fall short. In our Christian groups, we practice replacing the lies (negative self talk) with the Truth (The Word of God).  For instance, someone struggling with the lie that they are unlovable might be encouraged to replace that thought with Isaiah 43:4 “You are precious and honored in My sight, and I love you.”

Here are just a few more examples of this technique:

Lie: “I am a failure. I can’t do anything right.”

Truth: Phil. 4:13 — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Lie: “I am alone.”

Truth: Heb. 13:5 — “God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Lie: “I am worthless, ugly, etc.”

Truth: Eph. 2:10 — “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus”

Lie: “I’ve done too many evil things. I could never be forgiven.”

Truth: Hebrews 8:12 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

God’s Truth, applied with love and wisdom, will never return void.

Your Brother in Christ,

Philip Dvorak

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