Whenever I am charged to plan an icebreaker for a group I usually default to “Two Truths and a Lie.” Maybe because it takes no effort on my part, no materials, and not a lot of time; but it really is an easy way to get to know some key facts about someone you knew little to nothing about only moments before.
This is how you play: have everyone write down two truths about themselves (i.e., an award they’ve won, a trip they’ve gone on, their favorite color, etc.), then, write down a lie that sounds like it could be true. Once everyone has completed their list, go around the room and have everyone read their “facts” (without revealing which one is the lie). It is the task of the group to decide which one is indeed, a lie. For example:
- My favorite color is purple
- I love airplanes
- My favorite singer is Anthony Hamilton
Which one do you think is a lie?
[Humming jeopardy “think” music]
Times up. The lie….I love airplanes. I utterly detest the idea of flying. See very simple.
For the past couple of months, it seems as though I have been playing “Two Truths and a Lie” with the enemy and not because I want to get to know him better (I’m good on that). Literally, in every area of my life—from relationships to finances, he’s been feeding me lie after lie, to the point where I am questioning, doubting, confused and worried about…everything.
This is really nothing new. I’m just more cognizant.
John 8:44 (AMP) says:
… [The devil] was a murderer from the beginning. And does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar and the father of lies and half-truths.
From the moment I felt the sting of abandonment, the enemy told me you are unloved;
When I read an article about Cleveland not being the ideal city for singles, the enemy told me you’ll be single for the rest of your life;
Oh, and that one time I decided to start a blog, the enemy told me nobody will ever read it.
He plants these seeds over time–with a series of unfortunate events, many failed relationships, after several missed opportunities or even many great successes (lie: you don’t need God). He continues to water the seeds until the lie begins to sound like the truth. The goal is to render you insecure and timid; to keep you from hoping and from relying on God; to cause you to outright deny that God has anything good in-store for you.
John 14:6 says:
Jesus said to him “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
The only thing that has kept me from sinking into a pit of despair and hopelessness (a little dramatic but you know what I mean); the only thing that keeps me from wondering off to find my own way, my own solution–this time, is keeping my eyes fixated on the Truth and the only way I can know the Truth is if I am reading the Truth, which is found in the word of God.
I’ve learned over the past few months the importance of memorizing scriptures. I don’t know many by heart but the ones I do know (or the ones I’ve jotted down in my journal) are for the very purpose of countering the lies of the enemy.
Lie: You are unloved
Truth: I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3)
Lie: You will be single for the rest of your life
Truth: delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart (Psalm 37:4 AMP)
Lie: No one will ever read your blog
Truth: whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ who, you [actually] serve (Colossians 3:23-24 AMP)
This is not always easy (it took me almost two months to write a new blog post) but once you begin to mediate on God’s truth, it will take root and the next time that sneaky snake tries to tell you something other than what God’s word says, shut ’em down.