Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Okay, I agree. I put on my armor. So, why am I still having these issues?
I’ll tell you why.
Let’s talk about the cracks in our armor. Yes, the cracks.
Those concealed places where the enemy has private access to our souls.
You know. Uh-hmm. The places where he triggers and ambushes us.
So, what are the cracks in our armor…?
The cracks are the LIES we believe. Yes, LIES!
As the original liar and father of lies, the enemy has access to every area where we are “in agreement” with him. Wherever we believe a lie, he dominates there. (Pssst…In fact, believing a lie in some cases can even make us, in that area, his personal assistant.)
In John 14:30, Christ says, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me…”
Having no “claim on” means “having nothing in common with.” In that statement, Christ announced He had nothing at all in common with the enemy. In other words, Christ is the embodiment of truth, Truth Itself, and no lies or darkness ever abide in Him. Thus, the enemy has nothing in agreement with, no “claim on” or in Christ.
On the other hand, the father of lies has “claim on” us as humans wherever we believe a lie. Obviously, we must deal with lies and darkness while living in this fallen world. Wherever we believe lies within our souls, in that area, the enemy has “in common” with us. That means he has “claim on” that lie in the soul. He can dominate us there and operate out of it as he pleases.
The enemy knows all about the lies we believe because he’s the one who planted them there. Lies can be embedded anywhere within our souls. He uses them to trigger us, tempt us, and deceive us and, make us miserable.
Foundational lies are special lies strategically planted very early in life. These specifically target our IDENTITY and our WORTH. The enemy’s goal is to fashion us with weakness and vulnerability in those foundational areas. For he knows if he can knock out part of the foundation, then he can topple the whole house (Matt. 12:25).
A personal example, on the Kindergarten school van I was terrorized for a whole year by two older boys. I summoned all the courage I could to ask for help three times from the authority figures. Unfortunately, none of the adults I reached out to responded or helped me. In fact, looking back on it, they blatantly dismissed me. That was the first of many times I experienced being bullied as a youth.
In my five-year-old mind during that year of trauma, I fell far away from people. And people fell far away from me. A deep cavern of non-reality formed between us.
At that time, I concluded firmly in my subconscious mind that the definition of my existence was helplessness, powerlessness, and worthlessness. Little did I know at the time that these lies would affect me for the next forty years.
The enemy uses our circumstances to insert lies like those at a tender age when we have not yet developed any defenses. Or when the lie seems to make sense to us.
The conclusive lie makes perfect sense in the circumstance and so we agree with it. We do this because our little minds are always trying to figure things out. They make childish conclusions about circumstances to make sense of them. Over time the lie nestles in and hides deep within our souls.
Lies we internalized at a very young age still operate within us as adults without our awareness. In fact, lies remain fully operative in the soul until they are extracted.
These lies are the cracks in our armor.
The most efficient way to heal from these lies is to expose them and replace them with His truth. I thought I knew freedom until last year, three deep-seated lies were extracted from my soul. Wow, what a subtle but profound expansion of freedom and relief!
As believers, of course, we want nothing in common with the enemy. But we all have areas in common with him in the lies we believe. In those exact places, he will dominate us until his lies are removed.
No one can extract these lies from our souls without our permission, not even the LORD. He is a gentleman and gives us free will. We must voluntarily choose extraction. We must ask Him to expose the lie and replace it with His truth.
Ask the LORD to reveal the lies that you believe. Then watch what happens. You will learn to be aware of your circumstances and behavior like never before. For it is through circumstances and behavior that the LORD exposes the lies.
Becoming overly upset or disturbed is evidence of a lie. We can say that strong emotions are like lie detectors. Our emotional scale runs from zero to ten, zero being no emotion and ten being rage or something similar. When our emotions hit above a 5, we can be sure that a lie hides underneath that emotion fanning the flames in the current circumstance.
Years ago when my husband would speak to me in a rude, domineering way, and then refused to apologize and defend himself instead, my emotions would quake as my amygdala quaked with the feeling of being bullied again. Sure, as my husband, he had no business speaking to me that way, and definitely owed me an apology and some behavior changes. But I had my own business of healing to tend to as well.
So, I have invested in myself by pursuing various avenues of healing for those severely damaging childhood experiences and how they skewed my life lens. Due to my practice of lie extraction and my husband’s growing humility and maturity, our marriage has grown to a better place.
Pay attention to very strong emotions or a sudden change of your countenance that indicate a lie is present. When you’re alone, unpack the situation. Focus on the emotion you felt and a memory will naturally surface. Ask the LORD to show you the lie you internalized while feeling that emotion. It will relate to your identity or condition.
Identity-related lies: “I am powerless,” “I am unlovable,” “I am a defect.”
Condition-related lies: “I am trapped,” “I am dirty,” “I am out of control.”
Speak out the lie you believed in that memory and ask the LORD what He thinks about it. Wait for His input.
Be mindful of any beliefs or lies that “block” access to the foundational lies you seek to have healed. For instance, if you feel a strong emotion and the associated memory won’t surface, a lie is blocking the memory. “If I remember that, I will die.” Obviously, that belief is a lie. Remembering something cannot kill you. That belief serves to barricade you from accessing the memory in which you can expose the foundational lie which keeps you bound.
The LORD sees it all and desires to set you free. He will bring light into your darkness. And when He does, that lie will be healed forever. This is the power of the Savior. Take action to heal your wounds. Open up. Be aware.
The Great Physician Wonderful Counselor desires to heal and seal the cracks in your armor. Let Him.
Matthew 12:25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Luke 5:31, 32 They that are whole have no need of a physician; but they that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance
Luke 4:18 He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted
Matthew 8:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross,
And their ears are dull of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed;
Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And should turn again,
And I should heal them
John 5:6-9 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Proverbs 20:27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Psalm 139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Luke 6:49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.