- This Is Just the Way I Am
- 2 Cor. 10:3-5
- Bryan Burk November 10, 2019
We are starting up a new sermon series that is entitled “The Lies We Tell Ourselves”
This series is going to address the ways the Enemy causes us to believe his lies and how we can overcome those lies with Truth.
Let’s start off with some scripture:
2 Cor. 10:3-5
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not [a]carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;
Before we dive on in, let’s look how Ol’ Webster defines the word “LIE” as:
Lie – Noun, an intentionally false statement.
Truth – Noun, that which is a fact or reality.
Today I have the opportunity and privilege to speak on “This is Just The Way I Am”. Some of us believe the lie that we have told ourselves of that’s just the way I am, or that’s just the way it is.
If you rehearse a LIE long enough, you begin to believe it as Truth.
The word of God is all about seed time and harvest.
When you plant a seed, you yield a harvest.
If you plant an apple seed, you’ll get an apples…
If you plant an orange seed, you’ll get oranges…
You can’t plant an apple seed and expect to get an orange…
It’s all about the seeds that are planted.
Our inner conversation, no matter how small we think it is, has a big role to play in who we become and what we achieve.
So what lies have you been telling yourself that have hindered your growth and achievements?
I’m Not Good Enough. (Not Worthy of God’s attention or blessings)
- Not Worthy Enough
- Not Beautiful Enough
- Not Smart Enough
We often make the mistake of comparing ourselves with others, and therefore end up deciding that we do not have what it takes to be successful.
Story of Scott Faris telling me, “Burk, do you want to be Garth Brooke’s Successful, or do you just want to be able to provide for your family doing what you love?”
What about this one:
I Can’t Do It!!
There is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. It might be hard and may seem impossible, but it can be done.
The word of God says, ”I CAN do ALL things…”
I’m too old!!! (Are you still breathing?)
What seeds are you allowing to be planted in your life?
I want to talk to you about one of my favorite stories in the bible. The Story comes from the book of Judges 4!! This is the Story about the Prophetess Deborah and a Military General named Barak.
Here’s how the story goes:
- Ehud (Left Handed Assassin) dies and—yep, you guessed it—Israel turns away from God yet again. (after being oppressed by the Moabites for 18 years)
- This time they’re conquered by Jabin, the king of Canaan.
- Israel cries unto the Lord. Wait—haven’t we seen this episode before?
- Luckily for them, God raises up an awesome judge: Deborah, a prophetess and the only female judge in the book.
- Deborah tells Barak, an Israelite general, that God commands him to take 10,000 soldiers from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun and attack Jabin’s army. She promises that God will give them victory.
Pause… God is saying he will give Barak the Victory!! He said it!! And God is not a God that He should lie.
- Barak says he’ll only go to battle if Deborah comes, and she does, but lets him know that it won’t be him who kills Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army—it’ll be a woman! (tell the quick version of the rest of the story!!)
The name Barak in Hebrew means “Lightning”, which means moving or proceeding with great speed… but instead he was moving like “Lead”.
Somewhere along the way he began to believe a lie. To the point of even when a direct word was spoken over him from the Prophet he couldn’t believe it.
Barak wasn’t living up to his potential, because of the lies he told himself.
What lies are keeping you from living into who God created you to be?
I’m going to give you 3 Effective Steps on how to live into your potential.
- Identify the Lie
- You are inadequate
- You’ll never be able to overcome the sin in your life
- You can’t Trust God in all things
- The enemy still has authority over your life
- Uproot the Lie
- When you hear those thoughts, you begin to take those thoughts CAPTIVE under the obedience of Christ. You begin to plead the blood of Jesus over that situation…
- Replace with Truth
- Replace those thoughts and lies with the Word of God
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are NOBLE, whatever things are JUST, whatever things are PURE, whatever things are LOVELY, whatever things are of GOOD report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Identify the Lie, Uproot the Lie, and Replace it with Truth.
Will you Pray with me?