This Week's Going Deeper Exercise


Practice “identifying,” “replacing” and “acting on” this week in your daily quiet time. Each day you will...

  • Focus on one lie and one truth.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal how and to what extent you have bought into the lie.
  • Read the Spripture and reflect on the truth.
  • Act on that truth that day, reflecting on the results.


Big Lie #1: “I am what I am and cannot change. I am hopeless.”
Symptoms: Feelings of shame, hopelessness and inferiority; passivity
God’s Truth: Regeneration - You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 2:10; 1 Peter 1:3)


Big Lie #2: “I must be approved and accepted by certain people in my life to feel good about myself.”
Symptoms: Strong fear of rejection, people pleasing, overly sensitive to criticism, withdrawing/isolation, fear of what people say about you
God’s Truth: Reconciliation – You are accepted by God (2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:19-21)


Big Lie #3: “Those who fail (including me) are unworthy of love and deserve to be punished.”
Symptoms: Feelings of guilt, fear of punishment, punish others the way you punish yourself, blaming for personal failures, withdrawal because feel unworthy, driven to do anything to avoid punishment
God’s Truth: Propitiation – You are supremely loved (2Corinthians 5:21a; Romans 3:25-26)


Big Lie #4: “I must meet certain standards to feel good about myself.”
Symptoms: Strong fear of failure, desire to do things perfectly, driven to succeed in order to be loved/liked/admired, manipulating others, risk avoidance
God’s Truth: Justification – You are declared not guilty (2 Corinthians 5:21b; Galatians 2:17-21)


Reread 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. Reflect on your week of practice: What lies are you most prone to believe? Ask God to help you deal with the lies and live in the truth.