So here’s the question: does it have to be biblical truth? Or does practical truth work just as well?
That depends. Sometimes practical truth is strong enough to change desires, but if it’s a spiritual battle, we also need the Word of God.
That said, it can be helpful to have some Bible verses handy when we need a quick dose of the truth. I did this with my own project (making a list and following it), but I think this chart would apply to a lot of projects. See if any of the lies sound familiar:
|This is too hard.||It’s hard, but it’s not too hard. I can do hard things.||Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for me?|
|I shouldn’t have to do this.||I should be willing to do whatever God wants me to do. If He doesn’t care, I can make my own decision. But that doesn’t mean I get to control the consequences of my decision.||Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.|
|Life should be fun.||There are people all over the world suffering. Do I really have a right to sit here and say Life should be fun?(Note: I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with having fun.)||Philippians 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.|
|It would be better if I did it later.||The longer I put it off, the more I’ll dread it. It would be far better to just get it over with. Think of how good I’ll feel when I get it done.||Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.|
|It’s not important to do this right now.||Although it might not be important for an on-the-ball, structured person to do this right now, it’s extremely important for me to do it right now because I need to be willing to hold work (and leisure) with open hands.||Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.|
|Who am I kidding? I’ll never change.||In the past, I’ve always tried to change in my own strength. Of course I failed because I have no strength in this area of my life. This time it’s different because I’m renewing my mind. I just need to keep bringing my thoughts captive to the truth and eventually His truth will set me free.||Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.|
If you’d like to do this with your own project, write down the lies that keep showing up again and again in your journal, and then go looking for truth.
Scripture References: Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-24, 6:17, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, John 8:32