Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lies, Lies, Lies

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  Proverbs 3:7

Satan is always there when we are most sure he will not show up.  Even when we think we are doing the right thing, we have to be careful and be sure that we are not being deceived.  The father of lies lives to deceive the children of God.  
Complacency– One of the lies Satan likes to put in our heads is that we are doing ok – better perhaps than all those around us.  Maybe we work with non-Christians who don’t love their families like we do, who use language we don’t, who use the name of the God we worship in vain. Satan loves to whisper in our ear that we are looking pretty good – because we are not like them
Church Doesn’t Matter –Christians make many excuses for not coming to church on a regular basis:
·      Too many hypocrites in church
·      They don’t have what we need – not enough classes or programs that pertain to us
·      Our feelings were hurt, and we won’t go back
·      We can worship God anywhere – we will just watch online or listen
·      It doesn’t really matter if we don’t go as long as we read our Bible and pray
Satan doesn’t want you in church.  He doesn’t want you gathering with other Christians, worshiping and praying together, growing in your faith.  He wants you to live in isolation, unattached and uninvolved.  You are way more accessible to him that way.  The author of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 10:24-25-And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.  The writer of Hebrews knew two things – that we would need the fellowship of other believers, and that we would easily fall into neglecting this fellowship.  Satan doesn’t want us in church, and he certainly doesn’t want us to think we need the fellowship.  
I Will Never Be Good Enough for God– Satan loves to make us think we will never be good enough to earn the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God.  He whispers in our ear that we are disqualified, unworthy, and we will never be able to have His love.  The truth is that we don’t do anything to earn God’s love.  He has given freely to all who receive.  Nothing in our past disqualifies us or puts us out of reach of Him.  We are not unworthy.  We have full access to redemption through the blood of Jesus – we only have to believe. 
All lies can be dispelled with the truth.  Satan distorts and perverts the truth. The truth of God’s word shines light on the darkness of Satan’s lies.   Know the truth.  Read the word.  Memorize. Because Satan is counting on being able to trick you into thinking his truth is THE truth.  

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:3

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