"Lies The Devil Tells"
Satan is subtle. He is sneaky and sly. Peter says he goes about "as a roaring lion, seeking
whom he may devour" (I Pet. 5:8). Christ said he is the father of lies (Jn. 8:44). Satan wants your
soul and mine. In order to take away precious souls from God, he will do anything -- INCLUDING
LIE TO US!! One thing that works in our favor is that Satan tells the same lies over and over again.
Therefore, if we can figure out some of his lies, we can be prepared for the next time he lies to us.
Let us consider some lies that the Devil tells us.
"One Time Won't Hurt!"
How many times have we been caught by this lie? Have we used this lie to justify our first
drink, our first smoke (cigarettes, or marijuana), or drugs, etc.? Of course, when people first engage
in those sins, it is always justified by saying, "It is just this once." How many times has "just this
once" turned into 2 or 3 times, and ultimately a lifetime of practicing what we said we would do only
If any are so foolish as to think that "one time won't hurt!" just ask David if his "one time"
of fornication with Bathsheba was worth the loss of his sons, the rebellion of his children, and running
from his enemies (I Samuel 11 to the end of his life). Ask Eve what she thinks of the lie, "one time
won't hurt!" (Gen. 3). Ask people today whose lives have been ruined because of a "one time" sin
if it was worth it, and if that "one time" sin did not hurt!! Friends, this lie has been told over and over,
and people continue to fall for it. Don't you do it!!
"Nobody Will Ever Know!"
This is a lie for several reasons. First of all, when you sin, at least one person knows -- you!
Of course, if others are involved in a sin (they usually are when they assure you "no one else will
know"), then they are going to know, too! Besides all this, one more important than all others will
know about the sin, God!! "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the
good" (Prov. 15:3; Ps. 139:7-14). Jesus told His disciples that when they pray, give alms, or fast, to
do so in a private manner, so that "thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee
openly" (Matt. 6:4, 6, 18). One day, we are going to be judged by God who sees all and will judge
the "secret things" we have done (Ecc. 12:13-14; Rom. 2:16; II Cor. 5:10). He knows!
"You Can Repent Later."
Who is it among God's creation that is promised a "later"? The Bible says "now" is the day
of salvation (II Cor. 6:2), and "Today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts" (Heb. 3:7-8, 15). Jesus said, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? ... Lift up your
eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest." (Jn. 4:35). Who is promised a
"later"? This is another of Satan's lies.
We know that the obituary page is filled with people who thought they had a "later" to make
their lives right. The truth is, we don't! Seeing that all we have is "now," we need to take advantage
of our opportunities in this life and become a Christian while we can. (Mk. 16:16). Ananias
emphasized this when he asked Paul, "why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized..." (Acts 22:16,
NKJV). The only reason you have been blessed with this day is because God wants you to make your
life right with him before it is too late (II Pet. 3:9)!!
"You Deserve It."
Many have turned their backs on God because of what they thought they "deserved"! Satan
was able to deceive Eve because she thought she was not getting something from God that she
"deserved" (Gen. 3:4-5). Adam soon followed. A host of sins are committed today because people
think that they didn't get what they "deserved." The truth of the matter is we ought to be thankful
that we do not get what we deserve!!!
What do we deserve? We deserve separation from God because of our sins (Isa. 59:1-2), not
His fellowship (II Jn. 9). We deserve God's wrath (Rom. 3:23), not His mercy (Jn. 3:16). We deserve
dying in our sins, not Jesus Christ dying for our sins (Matt. 20:28; II Cor. 5:21). Let us NEVER get
so high-minded that we think that what we have received from God is what we deserve!
"It Is For A Good Cause."
How many times have we heard this lie? No, the end does not justify the means! Sin is still
sin no matter what the reason! One of Satan's most potent lies is to get man to justify his sin by
looking for a possible "good side." The Bible teaches that some were punished though they were
doing things for a supposed "good cause."
God put Uzzah to death because he had placed his hand on the ark and steadied it when the
ox had stumbled (II Sam. 6:6-7). Why was God's anger "kindled against Uzzah"? Because he was
not authorized to touch the ark. "But," some may ask, "wasn't it a good thing for Uzzah to steady
the ark?" Maybe, but he still was not authorized to touch the ark. In Paul's day, he told the Romans
that some had "slanderously reported" that he had said, "let us do evil, that good may come" (Rom.
3:8). Paul never said that, and it is wrong for us to teach this blasphemous doctrine. The end does
not justify the means! As you read and study the Bible, you find that so far as God is concerned, the
"getting there" is as important as the "goal." In other words, when God lays out a pattern or plan,
He expects it to be followed to the letter. Noah understood this (Gen. 6:22). God told the Israelites
that when it came to building the Tabernacle, "See ... that thou make all things according to the
pattern..." (Heb. 8:5; Ex. 25:40). We are not at liberty to devise our own plans, so long as the "goal"
Unfortunately, many have used reasoning like this to justify their sin and error. How many
times have we heard people declare that what they were doing was a "good work" and therefore, God
must be pleased and men ought to accept it? We need to learn and learn well that regardless of what
might be accomplished, if God says it is a sin, we need to leave it alone!
"There Are Others Doing Worse!"
How many times have we heard this? Perhaps our children have said this to excuse their
behavior. Did you accept it from them? Of course, not! Would we accept this excuse in any other
walk of life? No! Then why would we expect God to accept this excuse? How foolish! While we may
categorize sin, God does not do that. He says, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezek. 18:20).
He says that our sin will separate us from Him regardless of the "size" of the sin, and regardless of
whether or not others are doing worse (Isa. 59:1-2)! Remember King Omri? We read about him in
I Kings 16:23-26. The Bible records that he was the most sinful king of all in the history of Israel. Did
Omri's sins justify Jereboam and the other kings who were "not as evil" as Omri? Of course, not!
Looking to others and seeing if they are worse than us is not a wise comparison (II Cor. 10:12).
Our standard today is the word of God. We must speak by the word of God (I Pet. 4:11). It
will make us perfect (II Tim. 3:16-17), allow us to grow (I Pet. 2:2; Heb. 5:12-14), and one day it
will be our standard in the Judgment (Jn. 12:48). The Bible reveals that we will be judged on our own
merits (Ecc. 12:13-14), not on what someone else has or has not done that makes us look better! Let
us not fall for a lie that we would not accept from anyone else!!
"It Does Not Bother My Conscience."
"Let your conscience be your guide" is the advice of many when faced with a questionable
situation. While this can be good advice, it is not fool-proof. The conscience can be trained not to
bother you when you sin. The Bible tells us that our conscience can be"seared" (I Tim. 4:1-2) or
"defiled" (Tit. 1:15-16). What this means is that even though you were brought up knowing right
from wrong, your conscience will no longer bother you when you sin. Does this sound familiar?
Consider the "defiled" conscience. Would this type of conscience be a very good guide?
Before he became a Christian, Paul was with those who stoned Stephen and consented to his
death (Acts 7:58, 8:1). Paul found Christians and put them in prison for being Christians (Acts 8:3).
He went to Damascus to obtain more authority to persecute the Christians in Acts 9:1-2. He declared
that he wasted the church and was more zealous than his fathers in doing so (Gal. 1:13-14). Then,
as Paul looked back on his life, he said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience
before God until this day" (Acts 23:1). Did Paul's conscience bother him as he consented to the
death of Stephen, or as he took men and women and tried to get them to blaspheme the name of the
Savior (Acts 26:11)? No!! Therefore, we can see that our conscience cannot be the standard for
judging right from wrong in every situation.
Please understand, that when we sin, we will be held accountable regardless of whether or not
it bothered our conscience! Let us only follow God's word as our standard of authority. When we
justify ourselves by our conscience, we are falling for one of the Devil's lies!
"It Is Acceptable/Legal In Society."
This is a popular lie used by Satan. This lie allows us decide whether or not our actions are
correct based upon what society accepts. Of course, we can see many things that society accepts that
are unacceptable in the sight of God. For instance, homosexuality is accepted by many today, though
the Bible says it is a sin (Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor. 1:9-11). Society allows a man and woman to divorce
for any cause, but the Bible teaches that the only acceptable reason for a divorce is fornication on the
part of the spouse (Matt. 5:32, 19:9). Fornication is portrayed on TV, and other places as acceptable
(but only if you are truly "in love"), but God says that sexual relations are only acceptable in the
marriage relationship (Heb. 13:4). Society also accepts such things as gambling (or lotteries), drinking
alcohol, smoking, immodest dress, etc. Yet, God does not accept these things as "normal" or okay.
Just because our society accepts things like this does not mean that God does! We must never base
our decision to do right or wrong simply because it is "legal."
Doesn't it make sense that as society gets worse and worse, our laws will change, and things
once illegal will become legal?? However, God's word will never change (Ps. 119:89)!!
In the Old Testament, people were told, "Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil" (Ex.
23:2). When Solomon wrote, he said, "Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away" (Prov. 4:14-15). In the New
Testament, we are told to, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all
appearance of evil" (I Thess. 5:21-22). Peter said, "abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
the soul" (I Pet. 2:11). Jesus said that there are only two ways to go in this life -- the broad way that
leads to destruction, or the strait and narrow way that leads to life (Matt. 7:13-14). He continues in
the same chapter to tell us that only those who do the will of God will be acceptable to Him (Matt.
7:21-23). This obedience must come regardless of what society does or does not accept!! We must
all make the choice to do what is right regardless of what the world accepts or legalizes (Josh. 24:15).
What Is The Truth?
The truth is that we have not outgrown the Bible, and we still have a lot to learn if we are
going to stop being fooled by the same lies that have been told since the beginning of time!! The only
way we will be able to keep from falling for the Devil's lies is to immerse ourselves in the Truth (Jn.
17:17; Ps. 119:2-3, 9, 11).
James said, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you"
(Jas. 4:7). Let us be like Christ who refused the Devil and His lies on every occasion (Matt. 4:1-11;
Lk. 4:1-13; I Pet. 2:21-22).
Satan is called the "father of lies" for a reason (Jn. 8:44). Over the years, the Devil's tactics
have not changed. Have you ever thought about why Satan uses the same lies over and over again
to tempt us? He does this because THEY ARE EFFECTIVE!!! However, we can make his tools of
none effect if we will turn to God in loving faith and obedience and follow His word. What will you
do? Will you continue to fall for the lies the Devil tells? Let us not fall prey to the lies of Satan!!
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