Are you living in fear of the future?
Is a relationship marred by suspicion?
Do you have bold confidence, or are you drowning in self-doubt and low self-esteem?
Now, would you ask yourself another question: Are those things based in truth, or assumptions?
Many times our lives are ruled by assumptions — about ourselves, others, and life — because we’ve failed to measure things against the truth of God’s word.
Assumptions imbed themselves into our minds, then our hearts, and then our lives. Before we know it, we are living under a full assumption assault.
We assume failure.
We assume slights.
We assume rejection.
We assume the worst.
Assumptions become our truth. But are they?
Philippians 4:8 tells us to focus on minds on good, pure, admirable and praiseworthy things.
And yet, notice the first instruction:
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true . . . think about such things.”
According to the English Oxford Living Dictionary, an assumption is something that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.
While truth may exist where there is no proof, fixating our minds and living our lives based on such things will never lead to peace.
What can we do to arm ourselves against assumption assaults? Look to Jesus!
- When we are assaulted by fear of the unknown, the Lord says we can find peace and a sound mind by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear. He gave us a spirit of power and of love and of a good mind. (2 Tim. 1:7 NLT)”
- When relationships are assaulted by anger or hurt stemming from suspicion, we should remember what the Bible says.
“Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions, so their conclusions will be wicked madness. (Ecclesiastes 10:13 NLT)”
- When we are assaulted by low self-confidence or a negative self-image, we need to look at what the Lord says about who we are.
[Y]ou are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. (Ephesians 4:23-24 )”
Let’s unshackle our lives from the lies of assumptions and live free by the Truth of Jesus.