Here are our notes from Sunday’s message, Lies Women Believe, at Graystone. We had so many verses that there was not enough room to print them on the bulletin. I saw some people in the audience feverishly taking notes, which always encourages me. I wanted to get our notes to you in case you missed a Bible verse or an important truth.
Let’s God’s word minister to you and transform your mind!
Beautiful (Part 2) Lies Women Believe
Jonathan and Jennifer Howes
World’s way: appearance + performance + other’s opinion = my self worth
God’ Way: God’s opinion of me = my self worth
Lie #1: Physical beauty matters more than inner beauty.
Truth: God cares most about my inner spirit and character.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
Lie #2: If I fail at something (or have failed in the past), I’m unworthy of God’s love. Or God can’t forgive what I’ve done.
Truth: I am dearly loved by God.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Soninto the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice forour sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
Lie #3: I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself (I.e. perfect children, perfect home, perfect wife.)
Truth: I am already fully pleasing to God.
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1
Lie #4: I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself (I.e. boss, spouse, friends, or even perfect strangers).
Truth: I am totally accepted by God.
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—“ Colossians 1:21-22
Lie #5: I have to have a husband to be happy.
Truth: God promises to meet all my needs.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
Step 1: Recognize the lie you’re believing.
Step 2: Replace the lie with the truth of God’s word.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern 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.” Romans 12:2
Closing illustration: Jennifer’s cancer story
Response Song: More Beautiful You