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Core Lies & Inner Vows
Transcript of Core Lies & Inner Vows
Core Lies Matthew 15:10-20
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Galatians 6:7-9 -
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. The law of sowing and reaping:
Traumatic Life Experiences cause wounding, and wounds are painful Life Experiences Wounds/Pain Wounds/Pain Emotional upheaval If we sow to our pain, taking it into our own hands to deal with (the Cycle of Pain - Protection, Provision, Punishment) rather than turning to God, it bears the fruit of emotional upheaval Emotional Upheaval False beliefs If we sow to our negative emotions rather than turning to God in Lament and Forgiveness, it gives the enemy room to whisper false thoughts to us about ourselves, God and others False beliefs Core Lies If we sow to these false beliefs, rehearsing them in our minds and continuing to make the same conclusions from hurtful experiences, we eventually decide that these thoughts are true, we adopt them as our own, and they bear the fruit of core lies at the center of who we are. Core Lies Actions When we buy into a core lie, it colors the way we see all of life, and we will begin to live this out through our actions. If we sow to a core lie, we will reap the fruit of ungodly, hurtful actions. Actions Habits If we sow to this action, practicing it over and over, it will produce the fruit of a habitual pattern in our lives. At the point where I believe a lie, the enemy has a foothold or stronghold. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 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. Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Ephesians 4:17-24 - So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? Definition for a Destructive Stronghold:
A powerful, sinful, destructive belief that we have chosen to receive, that becomes energized by Satan. An idol of false belief, an argument between the head and heart, something we hold up against God. The “fruit” of Destructive Strongholds:
To destroy your life or shut you down (identity, relationships, dreams, vision, calling) I am unwanted. I am not important. I am unloved. I am not good enough. I am a failure. I am dirty. I am helpless. I am bad. I am wrong. I am worthless. I am alone (abandoned). I am hopeless. I am unseen. I am unchosen. I am overlooked. I am a disappointment. I am... Strongholds, or Core Lies, are negative “I am…” statements Lies about ourselves always have ramifications on our beliefs about the character of God – they cast a shadow on His character. These become the filter screen or the colored glasses that we see Him through. Core Lies produce Orphans & Slaves Lies of Identity:
I believe that who I am is wrong in some way. (This includes questions of, “Who am I? Where did I come from? Why do I exist?”)
Not knowing how much God really loves us, and not knowing how to receive that love.
Lies of Belonging:
I believe that I do not belong to another and that I do not have a home. (This includes questions of, “Where do I belong? Where is my family? Where is my home?”) Orphan Slave Slaves, who are addicted to their performance or self-effort, naturally result from orphans:
Because I believe that I am not loved as I am and because I do not feel I belong to anyone, I ask the question, “How can I get the identity and belonging that I need?”
Out of core lies of identity and belonging, we often turn to performance to define us or get what we need.
Judgments against God and others.
This becomes the armor I’m protecting myself with, instead of letting God protect me. It also prevents me from letting God give me what I’m supposed to receive from the person I have judged.
Hebrews 12:15 -
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled Bitter-root judgments: Bitter-root expectations Expectations over what will happen to us or for us.
An expectation of what will happen to me, before I ever enter the room. This also gives a sense of self-protection. The enemy is more than willing to give us what we expect. Inner vows These are determinations or promises made by the mind and heart, often early in life, and then forgotten. When we make a vow, we put a seal of approval on our agreement with the enemy’s lies about who we are and who God is.
Our words have power, and these vows give the enemy license – our vows actually end up bringing about the thing they say they will. They program the computer of our mind and heart to resist change. Inner vows are obstructions in our nature which command us to think and act only as they instruct.
Inner Vows are often connected to bitter-root judgments and/or expectations. Traits of Inner Vows 1. Common to every individual
Inner vows made during formative years are often forgotten, having more power due to their unconscious and hidden nature
Vows made as adults lack the controlling power of vows made in childhood
3. Difficult to identify—often hidden in our inner being
4. Refuse to change—they don’t disappear during maturation process or when we receive Jesus
5. Take on a life of their own—persist in producing negative fruit even after judgments are healed, continuing to operate habitually 1. We are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually imprisoned by inner vows
2. When we judge another person and vow never to do what they did, the vow often works in reverse (Romans 2:1)
3. Some inner vows seem positive and even desirable but even good vows can harm
4. We need to die to all vows, good or bad, so that our righteousness is by God’s grace and not our striving. Fruit we reap from Inner Vows It is helpful, but not always necessary, to discover our vows. We can be freed by accepting in faith than an unseen vow must be present when the fruits/effects are evident 1. Repent for making the vow
2. Forgive the person for the way they hurt you, and ask forgiveness from God for choosing the enemy’s path to dealing with your hurt rather than the path laid out by God
Your agreement to take your hurt into your own hands
Your agreement to partner with the enemy to deal with the hurt
Any agreements that may have been handed to you generationally
The effects or tentacles that this vow may have had in our life
4. Learn new habits Here's how we can pray... Inner Vows Here is a thorough process that you can walk through, in order to identify and break the power of the core lies that you’ve believed.
1. Identify and own the wound – What happened?
2. Own the emotion and the pain of the wound, and bring it to Jesus through lament in the presence of others
3. Release forgiveness to the person who hurt you4. Identify and own the lie(s) you believed (“God, would you identify/expose for this person any lies that they began to believe?”)
What did you believe about yourself?
About God? 5. How did you react out of these lies? (Ways you protected yourself, provided for yourself, punished yourself or others, ways you responded to God out of a false view of who He is, ways you set up your life to cooperate with this lie.)
6. What has the lie cost you? Spend time with God, asking this question and allowing Him to show you the far-reaching costs and losses of this lie in your life.
7. Renounce that lie and the tie it gives you with the enemy in the name of Jesus
Confess the lie as sin
Renounce it as a lie
Declare that anything attached from the enemy must leave
8. Ask God to speak truth in place of the lie – what does He say about you?
9. Seal the work that God has done and ask Him to continue
10. Pray Blessing – for example, if confessed a spirit of anger, pray for peace and joy, etc. Personal Reflection Ministry Time Take a little time journaling, asking God to expose a core lie you've believed, and possibly also some inner vows attached to it. Ask Him how the lie got there (how were you wounded?), and begin asking Him to show you the impact this lie is having on your life. Share with your partner about the core lie and/or inner vow that you journaled about.
Invite the Holy Spirit to be tangibly present and for Him to guide the time.
Continue asking Him to speak about how the lie got there (the wound(s) that led you there). See what He says.
Invite Him to begin showing you more of the impact of this lie in your life.
Very importantly, invite Him to speak to you about His heart for you in the place of this lie. What does He see? What does He want you to know about yourself in this place? Wait on Him.
Pray that God would continue to affirm and to solidify this truth as being more real than the lie you believed so you can learn to cling to it instead of the core lie.
Seal the work God is doing and pray a blessing over your friend.