Psalm 23:3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
What we believe is powerful. If we can change what we believe, we can change our life!
The enemy works in our minds. He floods our thoughts with things such as:
Who do you think you are?
Have you forgotten all those mistakes you’ve made?
Things will never get better.
You should just accept your lot.
It’s not going to work—you are just going to fail again!
Nobody loves you.
You are all alone.
I’ve seen these tactics used by the adversary too many times, even in my own life. Using thoughts such as these, he places our minds and consequently our lives in a prison cell bound with emotions of helplessness, emptiness, and loneliness. Often times in this environment, we succumb to the thoughts and believe the lies. That is the power of wrong to believing.
If we’re honest, we all have some measure of wrong believing in our lives. If you don’t believe this, all you need to do is ask yourself, “Have I often felt anxious, worried, or fearful that the worst would happen to me and my loved ones?” These negative, exhausting emotions indicate what we truly believe about ourselves, our lives, and God.
When we are fearful and worried all the time, we are living as if we don’t believe that we have a strong and able and loving Father who is tenderhearted toward us, who only leads us to good places, who protects us and lovingly watches over us. So if worrying or being fearful seems to be our natural default mode, what we need to do is to keep hearing and learning about how much God loves us and how precious we are to Him. The more strongly we believe this—the more this truth gets a hold on the inside of us—the more it will change our thoughts and feelings and the less we will fall victim to unhealthy emotions and behaviors.
Freedom can only be found in His grace. When we believe right in His grace and His love for us, the bond ages of fear, guilt, and addictions will fall off. Grace is the truth that Jesus came to give us. His Word proclaims that “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
In the original Greek, “grace and truth” are regarded as one item because the following verb, “came,” is used in the singular. Grace and truth are one and the same thing. Grace is the truth that has the power to set us free from fear, guilt, and all addictions—“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
It is the truth of grace and not of the law that brings us true freedom. God’s desire—His pleasure—is restoring our soul: guiding us into right believing, and leading us in the paths of His goodness and righteousness.