Lies, become lies upon lies and twist into a form of ‘truth’ in the soul which they are planted. For the one who walks in this forest of lies will continually be vulnerable to sowing more and still more! For this is the deception that has been birthed and developed by the most brilliant of beings, for he has thought of every nook and cranny and has left no detail unattended to and Jesus coined him as being the ‘Father of lies’ in John when He said these words:
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God. John 8:42-47
Lies strung one with another is what holds the world and its systems together as we are told in 1 John:
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
Jesus warned of the lies that the Pharisees, which was the religious system of that day, when he warned,
Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matt 16:6
As we have read in John 8, Jesus referred to those who had not received Him– to take and believe His words of who He was and came to do – were subjects to Satan and His Kingdom even calling him their father. They were under his rule. Unlike Jesus, who is the truth and sets all free who follow after Him, lies bind and imprison and darken a soul as it blinds the eyes. Our eyes are what bring into our being good, or evil. And we are encouraged to understand this principle, hear what Jesus says in John
“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” Matt 6:22
If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. Matt 5:29
When we give in to any lie, to walk in it we become like a beacon to the evil one in that we attract more of his lies to come our way. We are vulnerable to a slippery slope of Satan’s buffet of evils he will bestow upon us through this sin we commit. We somehow think that it was only a ‘little lie’ and that it does not matter in the big scheme of things and we trust that our devotion to the Lord is strong enough to hold us. But is this biblical? I am not convinced for a lie, is a lie – and in God’s eyes He hates! Prov 12:22. Lies are anti Christ, for it is the polar opposite of who Christ is who is Truth, and as we know that Satan is referred to as the Father of lies. A great deal of lies we deal with are the ones that we lie to ourselves and when we do this, we walk deceived and then will become propagators of lies to others. This is why it is so very important that we stay close to our Shepherd and in fellowship with one another! For we are weak, and easily deceived! The enemy of our soul is a roaring lion, who goes about seeking who he may devour! 1 Peter 5:8. When we participate in lies, we put ourselves at risk for the enemy schemes and devices. 2 Cor 2:11
We often do not realize that we are bombarded by his lies in the spiritual realm – constantly. Most of us think that they (the lies) are our own thoughts, but in truth they are from Satan’s Kingdom. We take, and receive as if it were the truth – without any real consideration to where our enemy has great success. Where instead, we need walk every moment of our lives, circumspectly – because of this very real fact! I will share a personal testimony with you in this to give you an example of one of the areas this is true. I was in a place in my life where I was in retreat with the Lord. It was a period of months that was set aside to where I was able to have a concentration communion with my Father, where I had the time and freedom to praise, pray and worship Him. In this time, I was overcome by an incredible pain in my stomach, it was debilitating and great cause for alarm in me. I could not eat, could not sit right and could not sleep. It came and went but with a vengeance. I brought this before the Lord, and persisted in my inquisition and it was in these words that I receive great revelation when I heard this in my spirit: ‘You have this, because you have received it’ I took what He said, and immediately said this; ‘I do not receive this stomach issue, I reject it. I receive the Spirit of the Living God!’ and in that, the pain I had endured immediately left. I was struck in amazement at the implication of this and where it can also be understood in our everyday life and issues. The pain did attempt to come and with the attempt I repeated that I would not receive it but I rejected it – as quickly as it came, just as quickly it left – verifying what I learned. How many things that we just blindly accept into our lives that should never have been permitted!
I believe that our safe guard in countering lies, is to learn and understand and practice the words Jesus spoke to us as being the most important commandment:
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” Matt 22:37
This is for our benefit to do so. For this means we live before Him, transparent lives, where we ask Him to show us our sin, our vulnerability through His conviction and insight. Only He knows what lies within our hearts and He reveals to us what has been hidden away, so that it be removed. We should trust no one, let alone ourselves for we are all at risk for being deceived. As true as you see people who have taken an ailment, or impediment to where they have learned to live with it, so we too can and do live with things that we have learned to accept and this is why there is importance that we do not trust our own estimations of our own heart.
To walk with a humble heart before God, to have the mind that is being filled with the word of God (scripture), the diligence to practice what we learn, and to be quick to repent, apologize and forgive are all key to not making our abode a place where the father of lies feels comfortable.
It is in my opinion that there are many who are struggling so terribly to walk their faith out in Christ. For in them has been a collection of lies that has been stored within and there will be no breakthrough until there has been the acknowledgement of this. They have with all sincerity, professed and accepted Christ – there is no argument there, but they have not *repented of the lies that have become truth in their lives. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, and it is He that will direct all who seek deliverance from the web they have been caught in to attain the wholeness Christ promises all who come to Him. We are so very complex, each life has incurred many things that bring damage to us and it is only through Christ that we can ever be truly set free.
When we love God with all our hearts – we are able to freely love our neighbor as we love our selves. I believe that we are incapable to do so until we are delivered from the darkness in our hearts that have us bound. This kind of love, is where we willingly lay down ourselves for one another, where we think of the interest of others in all we do.
In dealing with liars that are close to us we must rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us in wisdom. This is one of the hardest things for me personally to handle- is a liar. I find that they are like burrs that are very prickly to touch and will cause you pain if you touch them or they can cling to you if you allow the lie into your life. I believe that we must be careful to deal with a liar so as to not become infected through our feelings and reactions, but rather remain truthful by speaking and living it. Should we preach to the liar? Should we rebuke the liar? Again, we need to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in matters such as this. Proverbs 9 reminds us
“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”
It is our challenge and where we will gain refinement as we handle ones such as these, where we make it our aim to remain in submission to God and not to take up offenses or bitterness against them in not internalizing it to take it personally on. We must instead pray for the Lord to reveal the truth to them so they may feel the conviction of sin that will lead them to the repentance that will free them.
I believe that we must understand that there are lies all around us. Some very obvious, and most not. Let us go about our day in this understanding to be sober and vigilant in maintaining our vessels for the Lord, free from lies. Amen