The process of breaking off lies you believe about yourself can take a life time. We often see ourselves through pain, betrayal, hurt and rejection. In turn we are constantly seeking for affection and approval from others. In short, our image is often wrapped up in what happened to us or even what we do or perceive to be fact.
For example, if you were molested at an early age and it led to anger and hurt, you accept that anger and lack of trust is acceptable. Therefore you approach life not trusting in people and angry about injustices. If life is going good vocationally you see yourself in that image, successful and happy. But if something changes, and it will, your image suffers damage. Perhaps you are a type that jumps to conclusions on what people think of you so you ruin relationships. Perhaps you label easily. Maybe you see a single event as to determine the whole. You have a good day, but one bad event, so your entire day is ruined. However your thought process, you listen to this internal dialog play over and over and it rules your actions. You are looking at yourselves in your image as it relates to your circumstances, not how God views you. We are actually lying to ourselves.
The process of breaking the lies begins with understanding how God views us. First off, understand this. We are saved by grace, not by performance (Eph 2:8). God sees you as someone worth giving his blood for. You are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). You are a vessel of Divine light according to 2 Cor. 4:6. That is incredible! You are a victor (Romans 8:37). According to I Peter 2:9 you have royalty in your veins. I could go on, but you get it. You matter!
So when a bad thought comes to your head first recognize it is not from God. Secondly, letting negative thoughts about your image run a muck is not what God desires for you. He encourages us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Acknowledge that it is a wrong thought, pray then embrace what God believes about you. Let the Holy Spirit tell you what is true about you. He advocates for you and brings you healing. It’s your gift.
I want you to not be ruled by your thoughts. I want you to see what life is like when God is in control of your thoughts. I want you to experience freedom.