Behold, You delight in truth in the inward being, and You teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Psalm 51:6
There are lies that we may believe about ourselves that others have spoken to us, most likely when we were quite young. And we believed them, and they shaped who we thought we were and who we have become. They might be false conclusions that we draw about life and about God. They could be lies like, “You’re not acceptable,” “You can’t do anything,” “I’m not worth it and God doesn’t care,” or “I can’t count on God–He isn’t near to help.” Or that you deserve to be “less than” for some reason, allowing yourself and others to put you down.
Our outer appearance becomes a reflection of what is in our secret heart, what we really believe about ourselves. It may have to do with needing to earn approval, not feeling worthy, feeling fat or ugly. Those are lies, and God desires for truth to reside in our inward being. There are truths in the Bible about who we are and about what God thinks about us. We need to bathe in those truths and let them penetrate our inward being. They are truths about how God loves us unconditionally, that He made us exactly who we are for a purpose and that He has a plan for our lives.
We need to actively kick out the lies that drive us. In 1 Chronicles 11:4-9 David came to take over Jerusalem. It was to be the city of God, but the inhabitants of Jebus opposed David saying, “You will not come in here. Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David,” verse 5 reports. If David hadn’t of refuted their claim, “You will not come in here,” then Jerusalem would not have become the city of David and the place where God dwelt in the Temple.
The word ‘nevertheless’ is a victory word. It takes the barrier and turns it into a victory. Nevertheless doesn’t acknowledge what other people say about us, or even what we see about ourselves. We may be coming from a disadvantage. Nevertheless, God has plans for us and He is at our side. We can take hold of the things that are in front of us with the faith and confidence that He has given us.
Identify and list out those lies that run contrary to what God has promised about you in the Bible, and put a ‘nevertheless’ behind that lie. Jesus paid too high of a price to let you live a ‘less than’ life because of lies that continue to reside in your secret heart, the one that God sees and wants to heal.
God sees your secret heart and He will bring about truth through His refining and discipling process. Ask God to give you a picture of how He sees you to give you wisdom in your secret heart. And then ask Him to transform your outside self to become the you He made you to be.