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4 of Satan’s Most Popular Lies

The devil is a dirty liar (John 8:44). His tactics haven’t changed since he lied to Eve in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3). Unfortunately, we fall his lies more often than we’d like to admit.

Here are four of Satan’s most plausible lies He uses today:

  1. Sin doesn’t matter.” Don’t you believe it! Sin does matter. The wages of sin have not changed (Rom. 6:23). We are exhorted, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye SIN NOT (1 John 2:1).  “Awake to righteousness, and SIN NOT (1 Cor. 15:34).
    Sin will rob you of your peace, your testimony, your health, and your joy.
  2. Holiness is not important.” That’s a lie out of hell. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “Be holy, for I am holy.” We have the HOLY Spirit within us… We read from a HOLY Bible. You are commanded to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy” (Rom. 12:1). The truth is: It is God’s will for His children to holy lives.
  3. Church attendance is a waste of time.” Satan would love for you to swallow that lie. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it (Eph. 5:25). The church is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). It is God’s appointed agency through which He does His work today. Paul said, “Unto him be glory IN THE CHURCH” (Eph. 3:21). We admonished to not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” (Heb. 10:25)? You never be more effective for God outside of a church than you are inside (Mt. 5:14-15 cf. Rev. 1:20). Satan knows this!
  4. Preaching is not relevant.” So many fall for this lie, even those who attend church. They prefer music programs, dramatic productions, or interactive dialogue. “They heap to themselves TEACHERS [not preachers], having itching ears” (2 Tim. 6:3). God has chosen the “foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor. 1:21). The Bible says, “Preach the Word” (2 Tim. 4:2). Satan hates Bible preaching (and Bible preachers). He will do all he can to keep people from the preaching of Gospel.

So, who are you going to believe—God’s Word or Satan’s lie?

Happiness Is Overrated

Happiness is Overrated

If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. — John 13:17

Last week I heard a testimony about a mother who tragically lost one of her children. She said to God, “But God, I was so happy. How could You do this?” She testified that God seemed to say within her spirit, “I didn’t call you to be happy. I called you to be holy.”

So many people leave a marriage saying, “I’m not happy anymore.”  Many leave a church for the same reason, “I’m not happy.”  Happiness is one of the most overrated of all human emotions.  Happiness is a weak emotion for weak people.  The truth is, my happiness can be compromised by something as weak as traffic, a computer glitch, or my favorite ball team losing a game. How pathetic I am at times.

God is not very concerned about happiness.  The word “happy” is only found 25 times in the Bible. Most of those times it is used in connection with trusting God and obedience.  Here is what God considers more important than happiness:  Love, peace, joy, patience, faith, temperance, and holiness.

Instead of seeking to be happy, try seeking to be holy, and happiness will follow. “Yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” (Ps. 144:15).