When I think of lies the first thing that comes to mind is Satan, the author of lies. If he can convince us to believe his lies then he can hold us in bondage. That is what he did with me. While there have been many lies he had convinced me of, they all culminated into one massive lie, "except Edie." You see, anytime I would hear or read one of God's promises, the enemy would be right there whispering "except Edie." It was continuous and constant.
"I know the plans I have for you ... plans to give you a future and a hope" - "except Edie."
"You are fearfully and wonderfully made." - "except Edie."
"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." - "except Edie."
On and on it went tearing down my self esteem and leaving me feeling worthless, unwanted, with nothing to offer, and hopeless. This lasted a number of years and even though my brain knew that it was a lie, my heart came to believe it. My circumstance appeared to prove it and honestly, I just didn't know how to really fight the spiritual battle effectively. But God does not leave His children to the enemy. Even though Satan was able to convince me that I was nothing, even in God's eyes, he could not convince me that God was anything less than GOD.
God began to show me more clearly the tactics and strategies of the enemy and how to effectively battle with the enemy in His Power. Speak scripture out loud in response to the lies. "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
Sing praise songs boldly in defiance against the enemy. "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
He has taught, and is still teaching me many other things about this spiritual battle that we are in and He freed me from the bondage that the lie had led me into. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
O Lord - Thank you so much for your unfailing love and for the freedom that you and You Alone can give. You are Almighty GOD.