This week I was reading in Hebrews 6: 13-19 which refers to God’s “unchangeable character” that makes it “impossible to lie” regarding the promises He has made to those who believe. As a believer, I can always trust the character of God. He will always lead me to Truth.
In contrast, John 8: 44 says “…when he (Satan) lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Today I am even more aware of the subtle lies all around me – you must make this much money or you are not successful-your happiness is all that really matters-God wants you to be happy, right?-my obedience to Godly principles always provides success. My belief in a lie doesn’t make it true. It may help me rationalize my behavior, but it does not become any more true.
Pilate asked Jesus, “What is Truth?”. The Gospel of John records Jesus’ answer in the eighth chapter when he says that “if you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” Based on these words, the freedom we all look for can only really be found as a true followers of Christ. And the best way to be a follower is to hear and then do what Jesus says in our daily lives.
More often that not, we are told that we are living “free” when we are really doing what we want. This type of “freedom” is in rebellion to God is one of Satan’s best lies. He tells us we deserve to live the way we choose. Surely, the God who created us would want us to be happy. We shift the blame for our actions ultimately on God.
I am currently teaching a class on Spiritual Warfare. During the first week we set a foundation on the fact that spiritual battles are real and don’t always present themselves in some kind of supernatural way. In fact, most of the conflict happens between our ears…often in very well hidden ways.
The truth is we are in a battle for our lives and the lives of our families. We do have a powerful enemy who wants to make us miserable and ineffective.
In order to defeat evil, we desperately need to be aware of the Truth and avoid the subtle lies we hear and see all around us. The only Truth I can depend on is the one written clearly to each of us in the Scripture.