All misconceptions are in our mind. They are not something tangible. Misconceptions are perceptions based on what we believe, yet they may not reflect reality. All lies that we have believed war against the true knowledge of God. All lies come from satan, who is the deceiver, and the father of lies.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God…” I republished my first book: Freedom! From Past Hurts in 2005. Chapter 11 is entitled: Misconceptions Of God. Here are two sentences I would like you to think about. “Perceptions are formed by direct acquaintance with anything through our senses. A perception is an understanding based on what we see, hear, smell, feel, or taste.” Texture in food, softness in cloth, and raindrops are felt. When we hear thunder, we perceive a storm.
I want to recount the gold calf that Aaron fashioned out of golden earrings. Why was the calf even made? Moses, the leader of the children of Israel, was on the mountain with God. They believed that he was delayed, and they wanted a god to lead them. They forgot God’s promises.
Paul wrote some amazing truths that we can apply to our day. Romans 1:21 says, “Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Verse 23 says, “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man…” This is exactly what we do in our misconception of God. If the god in our minds is not the God of Scripture, we will be disillusioned. He becomes a god of our making, much like Aaron fashioned the gold calf.
It is good to ask ourselves: what do I believe about God? If what we believe does not align with what the Bible says, then we have believed a lie. What we believe affects our relationship with the Lord. I take great comfort in Hebrews 4:13. The Amplified says, “…all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
Hidden sin fosters the lie that no one can see it. We only hide our sins in our mind. God sees them, and knows the motives behind them. Sin blocks our relationship with the Lord. We hide instead of running to Him because of the lies that we have believed. David tried to hide his sin with Bathsheba. He built one lie upon another until God sent Nathan the prophet to expose it all.
Psalm 62:8 is a great inner freedom invitation for us. It says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” If you feel that your relationship with the Lord is blocked, then I encourage you to pray this: Father, You love me unconditionally. What lies are buried in my heart that are blocking my relationship with You? What misconceptions have I fostered that are based in lies? I ask You to set me free, in Jesus’ name.