History Lesson: This blog was launched almost five years ago to support the book Lies Young Women Believe written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. Since then, it has taken on a life if its own with a team of writers tackling everything from God’s love to college loans to purity. It’s all good stuff, but from time to time I want us to move back to the core message of the book. Mainly that we all have a tendency to get tangled up by lies and only God’s truth can set us free.
As the discussion group leader for Lies Young Women Believe, I traveled all around the country talking to girls just like you. Out of those conversations Nancy and Dannah identified the top twenty-five lies young women believe. Five years later, I can see that these same lies are still tripping many of us up. That’s why we are going to revisit the lies (and God’s liberating truth!) in a series I’m calling "Back to the Book."
If you’ve read the book, or this blog for long, this may feel like covering familiar ground. But since lies have a way of stringing an invisible trip wire for each of us, we could all use a refresher of what to look for. Ready? Let’s get back to basics.
Lie: God Is Not Enough
If I were to ask you to identify the biggest lie young women believe, what would you say? That you aren’t pretty enough? That you need a boyfriend? That the choices you make now won’t affect the future? Those all made the list, but in my opinion they aren’t the lie baiting the most girls. The lie catching the most girls in its net is this—God is not enough.
Let’s think about it this way: What is it that you feel like you must have in order to live a happy life? Who is it that you feel you absolutely cannot live without?
Accomplishments, relationships, possessions, or creature comforts may be rising in your mind like little red flags that there is a part of you that believes that God is not enough, that God alone cannot satisfy you and give you all that you need in order to live a fulfilled and meaningful life.
Here’s a hint to get your mind rolling. As we talked to young women for the book, the main thing that rivaled God for being enough was friends. Many believed that they needed their friends more than God, and they admitted that when they had a problem, needed advice, or wanted someone to celebrate with they ran to their friends first and God as an afterthought. In fact, a whopping 88 percent of the girls we talked to agreed that they needed their friends more than God!
I appreciate their honesty, but it makes me want to send out a red alert to packs of girls everywhere. There’s nothing wrong with friends or achievements or family. But nothing can satisfy like God does!
Psalm 73:25 declares, "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you."
Let those words soak in for a minute.
Is there anything on earth you desire more than God?
Is there anyone on earth you depend on more than Him?
Is there any accomplishment on earth you want more than you want a relationship with Him?
Did you answer yes to some of those questions? All of them? Have there been seasons in your life when you would have answered yes? Me too.
You see, God is not enough is a boomerang lie. We choose God’s truth and make Him the center of our desires, and then the idea that we need something more swings back. We love our friends but choose not to elevate them above Christ, but then … here comes that old feeling that we need the people in our lives in order to be happy.
That’s why it is so important that we come to the feeding trough of God’s truth often. We need reminded that God is all we really need. He alone can satisfy.
What is the number one competitor for satisfaction in your life? Leave us a comment below and tell us about it.