If you have ever questioned who you are, what your purpose is, or how God views you, then today is the perfect show for you. Today we’re going to be talking about Embracing who we are, and becoming all God created us to be. And in order to know who that is, sometimes we have to dispel some of the lies we have believed about ourselves.
My guest on today’s show is author, speaker, and life coach, Holley Gerth. Holley helps us understand some of the most common lies we believe, where these lies come from, and how to replace these lies with life-giving truth about our true identity in Christ.
We often have the tendency to believe lies such as “I am not enough…” or “I’m all alone,” or “I’m invisible.” Yet God’s word assures us, that in our humanness we aren’t enough but having Him living inside us is enough and makes us more than conquerors. Furthermore, God sees us, He promises to always be with us, and that He thinks about us constantly.
Scripture tells us to guard our heart and our mind and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ Jesus. This means it’s important that we examine our thoughts, determine where they come from and the source of those lies, repent of believing the lies and receive God’s truth.
Holley suggests that instead of focusing on all of our flaws, that we focus on the strengths God has entrusted into us, the skills we’ve been given, and those whom we can serve from our strength.
It’s so important to know God’s word so that we can recognize the lies when we encounter them, and so that we realize God loves us just as we are, as His children, but that He also loves us so much He doesn’t want to leave us where we are.
In this episode, Holley is also offering a chance to win a free copy of her book, “Hope Your Heart Needs: 52 Encouraging Reminders of How God Cares for You.” Read to the end for how to enter the contest.
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Quotables from the Episode:
- We all have lies that we have come to believe about ourselves. One very common lie that people believe is “I am not enough (pretty enough, talented enough, educated enough…).” The truth is, we’re not enough, but Jesus is enough in us. His word says that he will give us everything we need for life and godliness.
- Another common lie that many believe is “I’m alone” or “I’m invisible.”
- A U.S.A. Today study said that half of Americans said they had one or fewer people that they could talk to about meaningful things, and that includes spouses and family. So if you have more than one close person in your life to share things with, consider yourself blessed.
- Sometimes we feel especially alone when we go through transitions (like a move, or a new job, or we’ve become a new parent with a young baby in the home). If you truly have no one to share with or discuss meaningful things with, that’s an especially good time to seek someone out in the mental health field.
- The lies that we’re prone to believe really started back in the Garden of Eden when the enemy said, “Did God really say…”
- When we begin hearing those thoughts, we can pause and ask “What is the source of this?” If God is not the source, and the message is not spoken with love, then we can know it’s not the truth.
- We need to pay attention to our thoughts. The lies we’ve believed become automatic thoughts. Go to God’s word to find the truth, and be honest with friends when you’re having trouble remembering the truth so they can speak truth to you.
- Taking every thought captive is an act of war. It’s okay if it’s a battle. It is hard work.
- It’s easy to fall prey to the imposter syndrome because as long as we’re on this earth, there’s a gap between our real self and our ideal self. We know deep down in our hearts that we are not all we are made to be. And we think that’s our responsibility to make that happen on earth.
- Scripture says that He who began a good work in you will see it through to completion. That takes the weight off our shoulders because God is the one who is responsible for doing that work.
- We’re often prone to asking “Who do I think I am?” In the Bible when Moses argued with God and tried to convince God that he wasn’t up to the task God was calling him to do, God didn’t answer with a reassurance of who Moses was, He answered with a reassurance of who God was. God basically told Moses, and us, not to focus on who we are, but instead focus on who God is.
- Sometimes it comes down to us trusting God. We can have an honest dialogue with God and admit “I don’t know if I can trust you, God, but I want to.” God says that when you seek Him with your whole heart, you will find Him.
- Start by looking not at what has to happen but at what strengths you already possess. What characteristics of God show up in your life? What are some of the skills God has given you? And who is God asking you to serve in this season of your life? Put those three things together, and those overlapping circles in the middle of those three is probably your God-given sweet spot.
- These Bible Verses describe how God sees you. They will help you see yourself as God sees you.
- God says you are created in His image. (Genesis 1:27) “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
- God says you are a loved child of the Most High God. (John 1:12) “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
- God thinks you are beautiful. (Song of Solomon 4:7) “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
- When God looks at you, He sees the righteousness of Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Genesis 1:27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
John 1:12, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Song of Solomon 4:7, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Recommended Resources: (If there are affiliate links in this post, meaning, if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission (at no extra cost to you)).
- You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who We Are, Becoming All God Created Us to Be by Holley Gerth
- Fiercehearted: Live Fully, Love Bravely by Holley Gerth
- Strong, Brave, Loved: Empowering Reminders of Who You Really Are by Holley Gerth
- You’re Going to Be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days by Holley Gerth
- See Yourself as God Sees You
- Who God Says You Are: 17 Scriptures About our True Identity
- Rejoice! You are Not Alone! God is With You!
- YourRX 17 Bible Verses: Who God Says You Are and What God Says About You (free download)
- 10 Scriptures for When You Need Strength
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How to Reclaim the Peace God Promises by Dr. Michelle Bengtson
- Breaking Anxiety’s Grip Free Study Guide
- Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
- Hope Prevails Bible Study by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, winner of the Christian Literary Award Reader’s Choice Award
In conjunction with this podcast, Holley Gerth is giving away a free copy of her book, “Hope Your Heart Needs: 52 Encouraging Reminders of How God Cares for You.”
To be entered into a drawing and a chance to win a copy of Holley’s book, leave a comment below sharing one thing you’ve learned about embracing who you are, learning what your purpose is, or replacing the lies you’ve believed with God’s truth so you can walk in your true identity in Christ.
You could also be entered into the drawing by spreading the word about this giveaway. To enter, share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter then comment here to tell us where you shared it.
The winner will be selected at random and notified next Friday, January 10, 2020.
Continental United States only.
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Holley Gerth is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of You’re Already Amazing as well as several other books. She’s a follower of Jesus, wife to Mark and mama to Lovelle.
She loves encouraging the hearts of women and you can connect with her at www.holleygerth.com.
Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson