When I Stopped Believing the Lies

It’s my spiritual birthday today! One year ago today, I made the best decision of my life. I made the decision to be baptized. I decided to stop living life for me and start living life for God. I decided to stop trying to do everything on my own and let God take over.


I had a hard time deciding what part of my story I wanted to share today. I continue to struggle with a lot of things and my journey is far from perfect, but today I want to share with you the lies I had to overcome in order to find freedom in Christ.

As a child, my mom really encouraged my brother and me to seek God in everything. That’s easy to do when you’re a child, but when real life decisions need to be made, that process becomes a lot more difficult. From my teenage years well into my 20’s, I decided to try a different route. I made a lot of mistakes and was truthfully quite lost. I’m not going to get into the details of my story, but what I am going to share are the truths I discovered once I decided to allow God to break down my walls.

So here comes another breakdown!

The Lie: Only the perfect people can go to church.

I always thought that Christians were “the perfect people.” The kind of people who told a white lie once and that was the extent of their mistakes and struggles. I am very imperfect and incredibly flawed. That God ship had sailed for me, and I truly believed I missed it by a long-shot.

The Reality: Church exists solely for the broken.

Church is where people go from living in darkness to finding the light. If churches were for perfect people, there would be an average attendance of ZERO. Sure, some people may seem perfect, but I promise you that they are battling things too.  Church is where broken people become whole again.

If you don’t believe me, here’s what the Bible says:

  • Matthew 9:12 – On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
  • Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
  • Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The Lie: I have to fix all my problems before I go to God.

In order for me to go back to God, I thought I had to fix all of my wrongs first. I had do a bunch of good things to negate any bad I might have done. If I could do all of that, God would be cool with me coming around again.

The Reality: God wants to meet me where I’m at.

There is nothing we can do to earn our way into heaven. We can’t work our way in, and we certainly can’t buy our way in. If I had continued thinking that, I would be living a life of consistent disappointment and emptiness. That’s the beauty of God’s grace. He meets us where we’re at, and He transforms us from being broken and shattered to being beautiful and whole.

If you don’t believe me, here’s what the Bible says:

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
  • Romans 3:23-24 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

The lie: All of my struggles are punishments from God because He must hate me.

Satan has a way of knocking us down and keeping us there.  He can play on our insecurities and convince us that we deserve the worst. I believed that all the struggles I faced in life were because God must have hated me.  

The Reality: The world is broken and flawed, but God offers us peace and hope despite all the pain and despite all we’ve done.

The struggles I face aren’t punishments from God. They are from living in an imperfect and extremely flawed world.  When I look back at those times, I can honestly say God was there the whole time. That was mind blowing to me. Even though I had no part with God, He was still pursuing me and protecting me. Knowing God means knowing that our struggles are only temporary. The dark times I’ve faced and the struggles I’m enduring are part of my story and my purpose. As I continue to watch my story unfold, there hasn’t been a day that goes by that I am not in awe of the power and beauty of God’s love for me.

If you don’t believe me, here’s what the Bible says:

  • Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  • Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
  • John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

That last verse (John 16:33) had such an impact on me that I decided to have it tattooed on my shoulder. Before I had God, I let the troubles and evils of the world defeat me. Now that I have God, I have peace in Him because I know that this is all temporary and there’s so much more waiting for us on the other side.

I still struggle with a lot of things, but if I look back at how God has transformed my life and everything in it during this past year, it’s incredible.  My journey has been far from perfect. I’ve fallen on my face more times than I can count. The reality is that now when I fall on my face, I have God picking me back up – the same God that moves mountains and can make blind men see. If that’s not a game-changer, I don’t know what is!


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