Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

There are times when someone will say something that is not the truth. We call it a lie. It happens every day and it brings issues into our lives. It happened to someone recently. I believe these lies come from the father of lies – satan himself.

He has remained true to character spreading lies and sowing seeds of discord. Some lies concern individuals accused of a wrong doing. Some are simply lies that satan uses to bring trouble. One thing you can say is that satan knows how to lie. He does it so well it comes out sounding like the truth.

In John 8 we find Jesus sharing with the Pharisees in response to comments and questions they made. When they told Jesus that they had one Father, even God; Jesus challenged them. In v. 42a Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love me;…” Then He says in v.44 -- “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.”

Satan’s nature has not changed since Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees. He was a liar then and is still a liar. Sure I can imagine that the lies he used in the 1st century are a little outdated, but since he’s the father of lies, he just uses new ones. Let me explain.

The Pharisees felt threatened by Jesus because their standing was in danger as He shared about love, grace and mercy. Their standing was based on the authority of their position. So satan played on their pride to feed lies into their hearts.

In Proverbs 16:18 it says -- “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Pilate was too proud to even stand against the lies of the religious leaders or even listen to the sage advice of his wife (Matt. 27:19).

Satan also uses possessions. Again, the religious leaders had possessions that went along with their positions that kept them from surrendering to the truth. It just doesn’t seem to matter how much a person has they want more. In Joshua 7 we read about Achan who had much in possessions, but held to the lie that he needed more. It cost the nation of Israel the battle at Ai and it cost him everything (Joshua 7:24-26).

If I remember correctly it cost another man as well. He was willing to take possession of 30 pieces of silver to follow a lie (Mt. 26:14-16). Satan fed the lie into Judas that Jesus would be that leader to deliver Israel from Roman rule. Judas wanted to force the hand of Jesus into action. He gave the silver back, but the treachery, the sin in his life was too much to bear.

I am convinced that satan is once again using positions and possessions as leverage in the lives of people to pull them into his lies. You see, God doesn’t care how much you’ve got as much as He cares how much He has of you. It is not enough for us to say that we love God on Sunday, we need to be living that love out every day. The hand of God that is mighty to save on Sunday is just as mighty the rest of the week.

We must guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus against the lies of satan. We do that through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving as we make our requests known to God. Then the peace of God will be ours. (see Phil. 4:6-7)

Satan will not give up until the final command of God places him bound in hell for eternity (Rev. 20:10). Until then he’ll be speaking lies into the hearts of people, seeking to move them away for the grace and mercy of God. He wants to bring us down to his level so that we not only believe his lies, but begin to tell them.

The Church of Jesus Christ, whether it is called Baptist, Methodist, Assembly of God, Pentecostal, Independent, Non-Denominational or whatever, is under attack like never before. It is time now for us to kneel before Holy God so that we might “know the truth and the Truth shall set us free.”

And that’s not a lie -- it’s the truth!

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul