We all have a story, actually we have many stories about our life and who we are. These are narratives that we have learned to tell ourselves, and they exert a powerful control over us.
Truly the origin and influence of such narratives belongs in the realm of psychology, but not entirely. They also are in our spiritual realm, and impact our faith and growth as daughters and sons of God.
Throughout our life, people and our experiences have molded these stories. The problem with most of these stories is that they are not true or I should say, they are not fully true.
We need to take time to think about these narratives about who we are – that we have fashioned or that have been fashioned for us. If we are not alert to life in the Spirit, or to the spiritual world, these false stories will rule our lives.
It’s All in Your Mind
Our mind, that is – how we think, has a most significant role in our walk with God. The mind is the major arena from which our life plays out. We know this because God addresses our minds in many ways. In a sense, God is saying, “Make sure you are believing the right story/narrative about you and Me.”
Romans 12:2 declares the importance of the mind:
- “Do not conform to the pattern of this world (to the story or narrative of this world), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We see this same thread of thought again in Ephesians 4:21-24 which reveals the true narrative about God and me/you.
- “Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him—in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus ( in keeping with the true narrative about you and God) — to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be renewed in the spirit of your minds; and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
In the parable of the “prodigal son”, we see a young man who was believing some false narratives about who he was, and about his relationship with his father. In this parable the Holy Spirit emphasizes the importance of our mind in our relationship with God.
Luke 15 narrates the story of this “lost” son. The Spirit in verse 17 says: ““But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!
The expression “when he came to himself” literally means when he came to a better mind; when he had a right way of thinking, a right way of framing who he is and his relationship with his father.
The Word of God and Our Stories
Truths from the Word of God have the power to demolish our false narratives. The truths of God are story busters, so to speak. The divine truth has a power to destroy the siegeworks of our false narratives.
This truth is stated in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
- “The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
The word “arguments” in verse 5 refers to: flawed conclusions based on false assumptions; narratives that are against the truths of God – that are in contrast to the true narrative that God reveals about Himself and us in Christ Jesus in His Word.
The weapons of God have the power of God to breakdown, to destroy the siege works of our false narratives.
Truth-Busts through the Siegeworks
I want to review some basic truths that will demolish the false stories we tend to live by. Though we may know these truths, we have to understand that there is a difference between knowing and believing. If I do not apply personal faith to these truths for my life and my relationship with God, I will have spent my life being religious, but will have missed truly knowing God.
Story Buster #1 – I am a new creation, the old has no part in who I am. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
- Therefore if anyone is in Christ, she/he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
I have been made new by God through my faith in Jesus and His atoning blood. The old narratives/stories no longer define me and have power over me. The truth of what Jesus has done for me and in me – breaks the pattern of the old and reveals the truth of who I am.
Not only that, but I did not achieve this with anything I have done, God did it by accepting the sacrifice of His Son on my behalf and reconciling me, making me right with Him and bringing me into His presence.
Also, not only am I restored to God’s image, but I am brought into God’s mission and ministry of busting false narratives and restoring His true image in others.
Story Buster #2- There is no condemnation for me, because I have been set free from the power of sin and death. (Rom 8:1-2)
- Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death.…
This is a life – giving truth for all of us, but especially for those who are taunted by their past narratives of never being worthy, and feeling weighed down by their sin. The truth is Jesus makes us worthy. My worthiness is based in His forgiveness and the righteousness that He gives to me. (Eph. 1:7-8; 2 Cor. 5:21)
Do the Work- Make the Choice
These are only two of the powerful truths of God, there are more that we will explore in the future. Take time to do the work:
- thinking about the narratives that rule you;
- finding of these truths that will set you free:
- choosing to trust these truths daily.
I choose to live by these freeing truths. Not only do these truths free me from the truth that I was an enemy of God, but they free me from all the false narratives and constructs I and others have woven around me, such as: who I am, who God is, who I am in relationship to God and who I am in relation to others.
These truths have the power to demolish the siegeworks that hold me captive. But I need to choose to look at my true state , as well as the resultant false narratives, and then choose to believe the true story of God and me – everyday!