Why hath Satan hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? (Acts 5:3)
Nothing is more important in your thought life than TRUTH. Truth is liberating (John 8:32)! Untruth leads to bondage. The reason so many people are in bondage to fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc is they are believing Satan’s lies instead of believing what God says is true.
The battleground is your mind and thought life (2 Cor. 10:3-5). It starts when you entertain wrong thoughts. These false thoughts are Satan’s lies that lead to spiritual bondage.
Satan is shrewd. He disguises his lies so they go undetected. He will suggest a false thought to your mind and deceive you into thinking the thought is your own, and not from Satan. For example, Ananias and Sapphira got an idea to sell some property and give a portion of the money to the church, but pretend they were giving the entire selling price. They thought this plan to keep “back part of the price” was their own personal plan (Acts 5:2). But Peter detected this was a strategy of Satan (Acts 5:3). That is one of Satan’s most effective strategy’s—Mask his temptations in the guise of your own thoughts.
You see this strategy again in the case when Satan provoked David to David to number Israel (1 Chron. 21:1). David thought this was his own idea when it really came from Satan. If he knew this was Satan’s plan he wouldn’t have done it!
Beware of Satan’s lies. They will often come to you wearing a “mask”— The mask of yourself! The only way to detect the devil’s lies is by confronting them with truth.