What goes on between our ears can cause us more problems than we even realize. There’s a very good reason the Bible tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Too often, we let our thoughts go out of control, fueling a wildfire of fear and anxiety, burning up every bit of life in its path. If we don’t learn how to take control of our thoughts, we’ll end up in a desolate mental wasteland without hope. We’ll also end up on an emotional roller coaster we don’t need to be riding.

One of the ways our thoughts get out of whack is by believing the lies the enemy tells us. These can sneak into our thoughts in the form of how we talk to ourselves. When our perspective is colored by the false things we believe, they hold us back and keep us bound up.

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Whether you are in a season of life where you are searching for new meaning because your kids have left the nest, or you might be a new mom that is adjusting to a new little one, or a single woman that is just starting college, lies can always sneak in and steal our joy no matter the circumstance or stage of life we’re in. Lies will leave us feeling insecure and defeated, unable to carry out our purpose.

The reality is that we can only stop listening to the lies when we replace them with God’s truth! Here are some common lies we tend to believe matched up against God’s refuting truth:

Lie: I could never do that!
Truth: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13

Lie: I’m not good enough.
Truth: I am good enough because the Holy Spirit empowers me. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” – Acts 1:8

Lie: I am worthless.
Truth: I am God’s treasured possession. “The LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” – Deuteronomy 14:2b

Lie: I’m ugly…inside and outside.
Truth: I am God’s masterpiece. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Lie: I would be happy if…
Truth: My joy comes from the Lord. “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” – Psalm 126:3 “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10

Lie: I feel hopeless.
Truth: There is hope in God! “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Lie: God doesn’t love me.
Truth: “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, not any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

Lie: I feel so rejected.
Truth: I have been chosen. “He chose us in him before the creation of the world.” – Ephesians 1:4a

Lie: I’m afraid.
Truth: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

If there is one of these that resonated with you, I encourage you to snap a picture or write down both the lie and the matching truth to refute it. Put it in a place you will see it often like the bathroom mirror, your car, or by where you make your morning coffee. When the lies start to pop up in your head, replace that lie with God’s truth!

READ MORE: Why Changing Your Thoughts Changes Everything

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