Do We Believe Satan’s Lies?
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of liesJohn 8:44
Jesus was telling the Pharisees that Satan is the father of lies and there is no truth in him. Why do so many people in this world believe Satan’s lies? Even Christians have to fight off the temptations of his lies. Truth verses lies, this is the spiritual battle we fight everyday walking with the Lord.
Satan’s ultimate goal is to steal us away from God, through lies, distorting our view of God, and appealing to our fleshly desires. Non-Christians usually justify some understanding of God that satisfies their conscience, while Christians fight the battle between flesh and spirit. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)
If we examine every choice we make in terms of lies and truth, it can help us to make the choice according to God’s truth. When we evaluate the choice and make a Godly decision, immediately dismissing any lies from Satan. Satan never gives up and will continually attack our fleshly desires, and he will use our emotions against us causing us to sin. The more we walk in truth, the more our emotions support the truth; the more we walk in Satan’s lies, the more our emotions support lies. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24). The more we know God’s truth, the more we have experienced his truth in our lives, then the more victorious we are in fighting Satan’s lies.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6: verse 8). If we are sowing to the Spirit, we are not sowing to the flesh, and if we are living in God’s truth, we are not living in Satan’s lies. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21). The more we live in God’s truth, the more we desire to live in his truth, which means we will seek to do the things of God because he has changed our hearts, continually increasing our control over the sinful nature of the flesh. I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7).
Satan will try to gain a foot hold by having us hang on to a lie, hoping we will justify it being in God’s will. This is always a danger, but can be overcome if we are doing the things we know are pleasing to God. Our heart changes and the things of God become our desire, and virtually nothing stops us from doing his divine will. This drives our choices to truth and kills Satan’s lies.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1). We can walk in truth and be free in Christ, or we can walk in Satan’s lies and be burdened by the yoke of slavery. It is our choice, free or slave.
Today live by the truth and seek to recognize Satan’s lies. Work to bring your emotions in line with God’s will by living with a heart of love, peace, joy, and confidence through Christ. Choose to make today a blessed day and refuse let Satan take away God’s blessings. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Prayer: Lord, help me to live by the truth and to overcome the fleshly desires to believe Satan’s lies. Bring my emotions in line with your will, that I may live with a heart filled with your love, peace and joy. Help me to realize I exist today to reflect Christ to everyone by what I say and by what I do. Thank you Lord, for your love and your grace. In Jesus name, Amen