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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?

Seven Liberating Truths

“Ye shall know the TRUTH and the TRUTH shall make you FREE” —John 8:32

What did Jesus mean?  Notice preceding statement of Jesus in verse 31—“If ye CONTINUE in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.”  Jesus was not talking about a casual acquaintance with truth or a mental assent to what is true.  It is to “know” truth experientially— Living the truth.  It is the practice truth that makes you free.

To be free from the bondages of fear… anger… depression… bitterness… etc. we must live out the truth about these things.

Here are a few examples of LIBERATING TRUTHS.

1. The King James Bible is God’s Word (Ps. 12:6-7).  Since truth make us free, where do you find it?  You find it in God’s Word (John 17:17).  Knowing the KJV is God’s Word will free you from…

  • …Greek scholars, teachers, and preachers who question God’s Word by saying, “A better translation should be…” “This verse was not in the best manuscripts.”
  • …Bible marketing. Once you believe the KJV is God’s Word in English you won’t fall prey to the various marketing schemes of newer translations.
  • …Confusion.  Confusion is the result of having conflicting authorities. When the KJV is your final authority, confusion will end.
  • …Worldly psychology. The KJV has everything you need to know pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).

2. Jesus Christ is ALL sufficient. Jesus is everything I need (2 Cor. 9:8; 12:9). “Ye are COMPLETE in him” (Col. 2:10). This truth will free you from…

  • …“My problems are beyond hope.”
  • …Discontentment and worry.

3. When Jesus saved me, He forgave ALL my sins (1 John 1:7). This truth will free you from…

  • …the guilt of the past.
  • …insecurity. I am eternal secure!

4. Any treatment I encounter on earth is better than I deserve (Ezra 9:13). This truth will free you from…

  • …Free from bitterness; depression; being offended.

5. I exist to please God (Rev. 4:11). This truth will free you from…

  • …a life without purpose.
  • …the fear of man.

6. God owns everything and I am His steward (1 Chron. 29:11-14). This truth will free you from…

  • …materialism and financial bondage.

7. I am accepted in the beloved (Eph. 1:6).  This truth will free you from fears of rejection. Feelings of rejection come from the devil. It is one of his lies to prevent you from being happy. My happiness is not determined on your acceptance of me.  Neither is it determined upon my own self-acceptance.

  • If I am accepted in the beloved, where else do I need acceptance?
  • If I am accepted in the heaven, where else do I need acceptance?
  • If Jesus loves me, it doesn’t matter if anyone else loves me or not!
  • Then basis of our acceptance is not our clothes; our money; our personality; or our color. These things don’t matter if we are accepted by Jesus!

“Nehushtan”

[Hezekiah] removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it NEHUSHTAN. —2 Kings 18:4

Hezekiah obeyed the second commandment forbidding “any graven image” (Ex. 20:4). He was an energetic iconoclast (image breaker).

This included what some would call “a holy relic.” The brazen serpent God used to heal His people 700 years earlier had become an idol (Num. 21:5-9).  Jews were looking at the pole instead of looking at the God of the pole.

Hezekiah called this brazen serpent Nehushtan.”  “Nehushtan” means “a piece of brass.” Hezekiah bluntly called it what it really was—a piece of scrap metal… a hunk of junk—nothing more.  Therefore he smashed it.

We need more preachers who will quit “pussy-footing around” and call sin  what it is!

  • Drunkenness is not alcoholism, it is SIN.
  • Abortion is not woman’s rights, it is SIN.
  • Gambling is not “gaming,” it is SIN.
  • Sodomy is not an alternative lifestyle, it is SIN.
  • Evolution is not science, it is SIN.
  • Fornication is not sexual liberty, it is SIN.
  • Profanity is not freedom of speech, it is SIN.
  • Pornography is not artistic expression, it is SIN.
  • Pluralism is not “multiculturalism,” or freedom of religion, it is SIN.

It’s time to “tell it like it is” and call sin by it’s real name—SIN.

The Ever Escalating Effects of Sin

His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him… He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.  He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. —Job 20:11-17

The sins committed in a person’s youth eventually take their toll later in life.  Those sins have a way of sticking with us through life.

Zophar uses the act of eating to illustrate the progressive effects of sin in a man’s life. The cliche is “you become what you eat.”

Partaking of sin is a lot like eating something sweet. When I “eat” a Hershey’s chocolate kiss, I don’t immediately swallow it. I just let it slowly melt in my mouth while I enjoy it’s sweetness. The image of our text is that sin is like that sweet morsel a person puts in their mouth, but does not swallow it. He just lets it remain in his mouth while he savors it’s sweet taste.  But he doesn’t realize he is sucking on poison and “his bowels is turned” as that morsel of sin corrupts his system. That’s the immediate consequence of sin—First comes the enjoyment of it’s sweet pleasure. But it only last for a season, then his nature is poisoned.

Proverbs 6:27 says, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”

Sin will never satisfy. The more one indulges in sin, the more they will crave—No person can sin enough to satisfy that craving!

The sin that once brought pleasure eventually no longer satisfies.  So the sinner must engage in a greater sin to regain the temporary thrill.  But, it isn’t long until he has been desensitized by that sin. Now he needs to find another sin to receive pleasure. And that cycle progresses until nothing brings any pleasure.

Sin will eventually suck out the pleasure for ALL the beautiful things in life.  As Zophar says, “He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.”  The taste for sin ruins a person’s enjoyment of the everyday common blessings of life—Family, friends, sunshine, music, beautiful landscapes, etc. The addiction to greater and greater sins has distorted his appreciate for the truly good things in life.  He just cannot see the beauty in these things any longer. So sad!

That is the testimony of the serial killer Ted Bundy.  The ever escalating  cycle of sin began when he was thirteen years old looking at  “dirty magazines.” The pleasure of “soft porn,” wore off and he began looking at “hard-core” porn.  But that also failed to gratify his lusts. So Bundy watched X-rated videos then XXX-rated videos. This escalated to him getting his kicks from seeing women being tortured and murdered. When he got tired of that, there was only one place his addiction could go—From fantasy to reality. When Bundy was finally caught, he had killed at least 28 young women and girls in ways too horrible to contemplate!

But it all started with that “sweet morsel” of a “dirty magazine” he found in a dumpster and the cycle escalated from there!

Only Jesus satisfies. Only Jesus can break the ever escalating cycle of sin.

Faith Versus Worry

…this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. —1 John 5:4

At our church we sometimes sing the little chorus, “Why Worry When You Can Pray?” A great truth in that chorus.  But the opposite is equally true: “Why Pray When You Can Worry?”  That is, you cannot pray and worry at the same time—They are incompatible. If you pray, don’t worry. If you worry, don’t bother praying.

Worry is akin to fear and it has a paralyzing effect.  Worry never solves anything. It is a waste of time. It drains you emotionally.

Worry is sin, because it is a manifestation of unbelief. “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). Worry is opposite of trusting God. Worry magnifies your problem above God, thereby turning your problem into an idol.

When you worry, you are focused on self and not the Lord. Instead of “Looking unto Jesus” (Heb. 12:2), we are looking away from Jesus to our problem(s).  I read where someone said, “Ego means ‘Edging God out.’” Amen! That is what worry does.

Worry makes you the victim, but faith gives you the victory.  How do you overcome worry?  By trusting God that He is working all things for good (Rom. 8:28).

So, what are you going to do? Trust God and pray? Or, fret and worry? Take your pick. You cannot do both.