The Big Lies of Satan

The biggest and most fundamental lie that Satan and his demons promote – both to believers and non-believers alike is this: that there is something more important right now than seeking relationship, intimacy and communion with God through Jesus Christ and the fulness of the Holy Spirit. We could call this lie the lie to promote distraction from relationship with God. If someone persists in an undistracted relationship with God for more than a few days Satan’s losses already will be immense. Satan knows this and tries every tactic from the extremely subtle to the grossly violent and ugly to get our eyes of Jesus and the love of God which we can enjoy through being right now filled with the Holy Spirit.

Satan uses different ‘somethings’ in this strategy to keep us from “the intimate knowledge of God”. To a Christian, Satan would not usually be so bold as to suggest that these things were more important than knowing God. But he will suggest that “for now”, or, “right now”, “this or that is more important than knowing God”.

Here are some. I am sure you could add to this list.

Financial Independence – I’ve been deceived by this myself. The idea is: “first get financially independent, and then concentrate on hearing from God, preaching the gospel or fulfilling your call”. Why postpone an intimate relationship with God for the sake of riches which can easily “make themselves wings and fly away”? A non-believer once said to me, “First you have to make money, then you have the time to think about gracious living”. What a lie.

Career – “For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus”. We can easily succumb to this lie that our career is more important than our relationship with God. The gospels reveal that we have to lay down personal ambitions to follow Christ. For me it meant laying down the ambition to be a great computer scientist. For others it may mean giving up a sporting career, a life of fame, the acclaim of peers at work, or whatever.

Its fine to have a job, and it is required that we work at something (if we want to eat). Some work at preaching and teaching the Word of God, others at administration. Hopefully our work comes out of our relationship with God. We need to believe we are in the place God set us. Otherwise, what are we doing there?

Pleasure – let’s face it – the world is after better sex, better entertainment and more pleasure. “What’s the harm in that?” Pleasure can be a gift from God, but more often than not it is loved more than God in our day (2 Timothy 3:1-5) and this is idolatry. For a Christian, the thought can be to indulge in pleasures forbidden by God, and repent later. When will we learn that only God satisfies our hearts? I used to love computer games, even as a Christian teacher. I would put off my relationship with God to spend a few more hours trying out my wits at some turn-based strategy game. Suddenly the game became more important than being full of God, and the Holy Spirit’s presence was quenched and grieved by my pre-occupation with worldly things. Television is a major idol in the majority of Christian homes in America and it accounts for a lot of the sin in the church.

Self – we are not more important than God or his purposes for our lives. We are not our own, if we are Christians. We have been bought with a price.

I expect I’ll need to write a lot more on this section in the future.

What do YOU think?

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  1. Jeremiah ch5 v26 says:

    BETRAYED BY JUDAS – CONDEMED THRICE!

    Mark 14:30
    ” And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny*me ‘three times’. – 1 – 2 – 3 -DONE

    * deny to: Betray, Blame, Finger Point, Accuse, Assign Guilt – and distanced himself. Judas threw him under horse drawn cart, aka bus and withdrew himself from Jesus as if Jesus was a leper himself.

    And these things came to pass (have already happened) and Jesus was crucified as a living sacrifice, “doing it willfully – taking no other down with him as he always promised” and bore the guilt of others as they looked on with “no remorse, apology, repentence or shame”

    Jesus never withdrew his love…and even today some continue to blaspheme, back-bite and even go to the temple and publicly to snarl, finger-point, accuse and blame!

    Love everyone, but be careful and slow to trust those who don’t see that they’ve wronged you and they have never repented, recanted our apologized to you.
    __________________

    These people, if having shown no repentance and not developed a track record of new faithfulness, are potentially a danger to you as follows:

    Job 18:10
    ” A rope is hidden for him in the ground, a trap for him in the path.”

    Jeremiah 5:26
    “For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.”

    Romans 3:13
    ” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.””

    Psalm 140:3
    ” They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah”

    2 Cor 11:14
    ” And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

    John 18:2
    ” Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, fohr Jesus often met there with his disciples.”

    Mathew 27:3
    “When when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders,”

    CONDEMED THRICE,
    REPENTANCE AND APOLOGY
    WOULD BE NICE!

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