I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)
Satan has one major goal for your life. When you gave your life to the Lord, the Enemy lost his grip on you. So, he’s got to switch to “Plan B”―render you ineffective. He has lost any claim of ownership on you due to the work of the cross. He, therefore, no longer has unlimited control of you. As a result, the only way he can accomplish his goal is through deception. He wants to, as Paul said, lead “your minds astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” In order to lead your mind astray he must get you to buy “the lie.”
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
So, what is “the lie” that Satan wants us to buy? It started in the very dawn of human history.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say,
‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden?’”
That’s it! That’s “the lie.” It’s that simple, but its simplicity is what makes it so devious. It’s the same lie that Satan has always used and this lie has been the basis of all his deceptive work throughout time. As the expression goes, “If something works, don’t fix it.” The lie works. He has always used this approach and always will. “Did God really say that?” His strategy is to cast doubt on God’s Word. If he can succeed in doing this, he will rob you, or at least, dissipate the amount of power, peace and victory in your life. He wants you to consider that the Bible just might be wrong in some of its information.
I was working on a theology major at a college sponsored by a major Christian denomination. Yet the professor who was over the theology department openly taught that God did not inspire the Bible. He stated that its source was the minds of mere men, and that it was anything but inerrant. He further advocated that the accounts given in the Bible of such narratives as Adam and Eve and the great flood were simply “allegories” and not actual historical references.
He was clearly echoing the original lie, “Did God really say that. Are the scriptures divinely inspired and trustworthy?” After enduring that fiasco, I would go to Biology 101 and listen to this professor continue “the lie” by teaching Darwinism. “Did God really say… that we were divinely created?” Sadly, I watched many impressionable young students get their faith shipwrecked in this so-called “Christian college.”
Yes, this sort of thing happens in many liberal church sponsored colleges and universities, but let’s bring “the lie” a little closer to home. Is the enemy saying things to you like, “Did God really say… that he would supply all of your needs?” “Did God really say… that He would never leave you or desert you?” “Did God really say… that He loves you?” “Did God really say… that you have worth in His eyes?” “Did God really say… you are a winner?” “Did God really say… that you have a purpose in this life?” On and on it goes. The fact of the matter is if God said it then that forever settles it. You alone must decide whom you will believe; whether or not you will buy “the lie.”
Adam and Eve bought “the lie.” They allowed themselves to give in to deception. They turned their backs on the truth of God’s Word and their choice cost them dearly! Are you buying the lie? If so, are you prepared? “The lie” has an enormous price tag on it! It may even cost you your fellowship with God.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32)
Jesus told Peter something that on the surface seemed to be a very strange thing. He said that Satan asked permission to “sift” him? This passage use to puzzle me. I understood that the scripture says that God is the one who refines and sifts us. (Malachi 3:3) So, why would Satan want to sift anyone? Furthermore, how would he go about doing it? Indeed, what would he sift? Then it dawned on me. Satan always seeks to do just the opposite of what God does. Where God desires to sift out that which is false in us and replace it with the truth, Satan wants to sift the truth from our hearts and replace it with doubt. He wants to destroy your faith and fill you with uncertainty. That way it will be easier to get you to buy the lie.
“Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.”–Jesus (Mark 4:15)
The attack is on God’s Word. Satan wants to remove it from our life. He wants to get us to doubt it and, ultimately, remove its affect on our life. However, when we stand firm, refusing to turn from the truth of God’s Word, we are not only strengthening ourselves, but we become equipped and able to strengthen others who are having the same struggle.
Are you buying the lie? I pray that you are not. For only through clinging to the truth of God’s Word will you ever know true joy and victory.
And in this world turning gray Strikes a chord when I say There is black There is white There is wrong And there is right There is no alibi If it’s not the truth, it’s…?
Falling for the truth again Not by the wisdom of a man Or a machine This is not preference or A taste that disagrees The evidence of things unseen The more you look The more you’ll see If there’s ever been a time it’s now I hear that still small voice inside *
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