Bible Ballistics: Vol. 13 No. 24. Recognizing Lies That Defeat???
We talked last week about the regeneration that Jesus imparts on us when we are born again; and while many of us came to Jesus after falling for the lies of the enemy for years, there are still lies that the enemy uses to make us impotent in our service to our Lord. That’s what I want us to talk about today—the lies that catch us off guard, the lies that get us distracted from our focus on Jesus, the lies that challenge God’s Word, and the lies that our culture is constantly bombarding us with; yet the power, truth, and love that is the bedrock of our faith still stands—even when our eyes have been diverted by the lies! Our God reigns, and you can count on HIS faithfulness!
“The LORD reigneth,
he is clothed with majesty;
the LORD is clothed with strength,
wherewith he hath girded himself:
the world also is stablished,
that it cannot be moved.
2 Thy throne is established of old:
thou art from everlasting.
3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their waves.
4 The LORD on high is mightier
than the noise of many waters,
yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
5 Thy testimonies are very sure:
holiness becometh thine house, O LORD,
for ever.” Psalm 93:1-5
I love the picture that the Psalmist paints here of the wondrous might, sovereignty and faithfulness of our God; and because HE is faithful in all, ruling over all, and in HIS majesty is our total confidence, we don’t have to settle for lies—we belong to the true God of all—Father, Son and Holy Spirit! As Jesus said:
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
Our God is God, and He is in charge—HE reigns, He doesn’t lie!!!
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters,
and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,
for the Lord God omnipotent
reigneth.” Revelation 19:6
We can have confidence because our Lord Jesus IS “the way, the truth, and the life”, and we don’t have to settle for lies! But by the same token, we also need to remind ourselves over and over again that our enemy is subtle, deceitful, tricky and ever seeking our destruction. But Jesus our LORD, IS LORD!
“The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come
that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.” John 10:10-11
Jesus gave His life for us—the enemy always wants to destroy—for he is the great imitator and perverter, while our Lord gives abundant LIFE! You can rely upon the “truth” of God’s Word, His person, and His character—you and I don’t have to stay in “the pits”, we simply have to run to our God!
“The name of the LORD
is a strong tower:
runneth into it,
and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10
That’s for we who have placed our faith and trust in God to receive the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice that Jesus made for all who will believe; and we can count on HIM, we don’t have to be tricked by the lies of the devil. We can be victorious by keeping our eyes on Jesus.
“Humble yourselves therefore
under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you
in due time:
7 Casting all your care
for he careth for you.
8 Be sober,
because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion,
seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast
in the faith,
knowing that the same afflictions
are accomplished in your brethren
that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9
We can have victory in Jesus, but we must pay attention—we must take Peter’s advice, being “humble….careful….sober(right focused)…vigilent” as we “resist stedfast in the faith” the enemy of our souls! I want to help us focus (myself included) on the security that we have IN Jesus—to know Him and His truth more and more as our life-line at every turn.
“And ye shall know
and the truth
shall make you free.” John 8:32
We are made free because of His sacrifice and by the power of His Holy Spirit who births us into HIS kingdom, as His children—sons and daughters of God!
“And now I am no more in the world,
but these are in the world,
and I come to thee.
keep through thine own name
those whom thou hast given me,
that they may be one,
as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world,
I kept them in thy name:
those that thou gavest me
I have kept,
and none of them is lost,
but the son of perdition;
that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee;
and these things I speak in the world,
that they might have my joy
fulfilled in themselves…
….21 That they all may be one;
as thou, Father,
art in me,
and I in thee,
that they also may be one
that the world may believe
that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me
I have given them;
that they may be one,
even as we are one:
23 I in them,
and thou in me,
that they may be made perfect
and that the world may know
that thou hast sent me,
and hast loved them,
as thou hast loved me.” Portions of John 17:11-23
All by the power of The Holy Spirit “translating” us into God’s kingdom, out of the power of darkness.
“But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe
on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:12-13
As Paul said so powerfully:
“Giving thanks unto the Father,
which hath made us meet
to be partakers of the inheritance
of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us
into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption
through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:” Colossians 1:12-14
Redemption is ours, bringing with it the power to live a victorious life in HIM, Jesus; forgiveness of our sins, meaning we don’t have to be intimidated or put down by the accusations of the enemy of our life, our work and our effectiveness. We can have victory because Jesus bought the victory at Calvary, giving us liberty, power, deliverance and confidence—all through HIS blood!
“There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life
in Christ Jesus
hath made me free
from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do,
in that it was weak
through the flesh,
God sending his own Son
in the likeness of sinful flesh,
and for sin,
in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness
of the law
might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not
after the flesh,
after the Spirit.”
Victory for all who will receive Him and walk in HIS Spirit! We don’t have to live and walk in light of our past, but in the victory that God has provided in Jesus! We do NOT have to “order our steps” in light of the accusations of the devil, but according to God’s Word! Amen and Amen. We don’t have to accept the lies that Satan throws at us–for we are God’s, delivered and paid for- but we must recognize and resist the enemy’s lies, as we walk in Jesus’ Spirit, not our flesh! My past is forgiven! My future is HIS!
“This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh……
25 If we live in the Spirit,
let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:16- & 25
And just a few reminders of the enemy that we face—remembering that he is a defeated foe, and a liar of the first order!
“Ye are of your father the devil,
and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer
from the beginning,
and abode not
in the truth,
because there is no truth in him.
When he speaketh a lie,
he speaketh of his own:
for he is a liar,
and the father of it.” John 8:44
And his first schemes and lies were the same as they are today—challenging the Word of God, the heart of God, the goodness of God, and calling men, women, boys and girls, to doubt God and the truth of HIS Word/Words!
“Now the serpent was more subtil
than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
And he said unto the woman,
Yea, hath God said,
Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent,
We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden,
God hath said,
Ye shall not eat of it,
neither shall ye touch it,
lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman,
Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know
that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5
Satan is still challenging God and His Word. Will you be as gullible as Eve, or will you “stand fast in the evil day”? We must know the Word of God, in order to “resist stedfast in the faith”! Satan doesn’t play by the rules—his rules change according to the situation (remember situational ethics), who do you think promotes that ideology? Here are some truths that you need to know!
“For such are false apostles,
into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel;
for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing
if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be
according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Remember—we win. Don’t let the liars, deceivers, the perverters of God’s Word lead you astray, discourage your journey, or stop your growth in HIM, but continue to keep your eyes on the prize, knowing that your sins have been forgiven and covered in His blood, so press on in power, confidence, and truth—for our God IS truth and HE is coming soon. Ready or not HE is coming!
“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come,
that ye shall be scattered,
every man to his own,
and shall leave me alone:
and yet I am not alone,
because the Father is with me.
33 These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.” John 16:32-33
May we ever press on IN Jesus and His promise of an eternal future with HIM! Amen and Amen!
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things
which are behind,
and reaching forth
unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark
for the prize
of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
Look UP—not around! Press on dear ones! Press on! Amen!!!