Have you seen the show The Moment of Truth? I wouldn’t exactly offer a glowing endorsement, but I have to admit I’ve been sucked in to an episode or two. In case you haven’t, here’s the premise—contestants are asked a series of questions designed to cause drama (examples include: have you ever lied to get a job, have you ever stolen anything, and do you really care about starving children in Africa?). Their answers are matched up against a lie detector test. The goal is to win half a million dollars by daring to be truthful.
The show is really about airing dirty laundry for cash and usually the contestants’ answers lead to tears and angry looks from their family members offstage. I’ll admit, it’s intriguing but it communicates a dangerous message that Truth is destructive or that deception is somehow is the safer route. This is a lie with serious consequences.
As the title indicates, Lies Young Women Believe takes a hard look at the top lies your generation believes, but it is really a book about Truth. There is power in exposing lies to Truth and it isn’t the destructive power portrayed on The Moment of Truth. In fact, it is just the opposite. Truth has the power to transform and to free you from the bondage that believing lies inevitably leads to. Nancy and Dannah spell this out clearly in Lies Young Women Believe.
“There is only one thing with the power to set you truly free: Truth!”
In the last chapter we talked about the first two steps of moving from bondage toward freedom:
- Identify the areas of bondage and sinful behavior.
- Identify the lie(s) at the root of that bondage. Stop fueling those lies by listening to them and dwelling on them.
Now we come to what may be the most important step in finding true freedom:
- Replace the lie(s) with Truth.” (Lies Young Women Believe, 180)
The Enemy would have you believe that Truth is a destroyer, that facing lies will be too painful or difficult to bear. This is contrary to God’s Word. In fact, let’s take a look at what the Bible tells us about Truth.
Jesus is the Source of Truth
“Jesus Himself said, ‘I am the way, and the Truth, and the life’” (John 14:6). He is the definition of Truth. He is the perfect standard; He determines what is right and good and true. Jesus reveals the Truth to us. He does this through the written Word of God—the Bible!” (Lies Young Women Believe, 37).
The world will tell you that there is no single standard of truth. This is called moral relativism and it is a dangerous stance.
The Bible is clear, there is a standard of Truth. It is found in Jesus.
Truth Sets You Free
“There are consequences to believing lies. Those consequences may include depression, problems in relationships, or hopelessness. There are also results to believing Truth. Jesus promises that you and I can know Truth and that ‘the Truth will set [us] free’ (John 8:32)” (Lies Young Women Believe, 39).
This is the opposite of the message communicated by shows like The Moment of Truth. The reality is that focusing on Truth leads to freedom, not bondage and heartache.
You Can Know Truth
Truth is not a code that is impossible to crack. You don’t have to guess when trying to decide whether your beliefs are based in lies or Truth. God has given us his Word and the Holy Spirit as guides. And we can go to God for guidance when the Truth seems unclear.
Psalm 25:5 says, “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Psalm 86:11 says, “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”
Nancy and Dannah listed twenty-two key Truths in the final chapter of Lies Young Women Believe. Some of my favorites include: God is good (Psalm 119:68; 136:1), God doesn’t make any mistakes (Isaiah 46:10), and It’s not about me; It’s all about Him (Colossians 1:16-18; Revelation 4:11). These three Truths have radically changed the way I view myself and my purpose.
I’m convinced that exposure to Truth has also impacted you. So, just to prove that Truth truly is good and does have the power to set us free, I’d love to hear about it’s effect on your lives. Have any of the twenty-two truths listed above liberated you from bondage in some way? Are there other Truths from God’s Word that have led to transformation in your heart and life? Please share your answers right here on the blog.
Unlike The Moment of Truth, I can’t promise you big bucks for being bold enough to focus on Truth. But the prize God offers us for this pursuit is sure to last longer than riches.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).