John 8:44 says that the devil is a liar and the father of lies. There is NO truth in him. If his mouth is open, lies are coming out. He is incapable of telling the truth. Have you ever known someone who lies even when it would be easier to tell the truth? Satan is a bigger liar than that a gazillion times over. He sits on a throne of lies…. literally. He is a thief; a twister of the truth. He may give you his version of a truth, but it is never the truth. He skews the facts. He fudges the numbers. He causes us to look at our experiences and exchange the truth for a lie. You can be sure Satan is lying to you. It is what he does. He doesn’t play favorites; he lies to everyone.
You have believed a lie. Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger; we all do it. We accept what is whispered in our ear as truth. Sometimes it’s a new lie, and sometimes the same lie over and over. What is the Big Lie in your life? Most of us have one or two…. or a hundred. It is important to identify it, bring it out into the light. What deception have you swallowed? In what way has the deceiver yanked your chain? Do you think you’re not good enough, smart enough or pretty enough? Do you think no one loves you? Maybe you don’t think anything good will ever really happen for you, and that life is meaningless and your efforts are futile. These are lies. Satan knows how to hit you where it hurts. He knows exactly which buttons to push. He knows just what to say to get the most bang for his buck. His lies to you may be different from his lies to me, but lies are lies. And he is behind them all.
On the polar opposite side, Jesus speaks only truth. 1 John 1:5 says that God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. None. Not even a shadow. Not one lie or even a half truth. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and will guide you into all truth (John 16:13). Not just some truth, all truth, in every situation, every time. There is no doubt, no worry, no confusion – only truth.
Our part in the story is to let ourselves be guided; to debunk the lies with the truth, or rather, listen as God’s Word debunks the lies. Think of the Holy Spirit as a lie detector, not unlike a metal detector, that will beep like crazy when it runs across a lie. We are the ones who have to pay attention to the beeping, realize the lie for what it is, and let God replace it with His truth. God is truth, so we can look to Him to find it. But we are the ones who have to do the looking, the listening, and then the believing. It is a choice we make in every situation. We can let the father of lies have free reign in our minds, or we can let the Holy Spirit take over. Ask God to show you what the truth really is, and then ask Him to help you believe that truth.
God, how do You see this situation? What do You think about me? What should I believe about this or that? Do You have a plan for me?
Satan will come, and he will speak. That we cannot control. What we can control, however, is who we listen to. God is also speaking in every situation you encounter. Which voice will you entertain? Whose words will you receive into your heart? The voice you choose to listen to is the voice that becomes the loudest.
It is worth your time to take a look at what you believe about God, about yourself and your life. Ask God what lie you have believed. Ask Him what truth He wants to speak to you. If the answer you hear is full of condemnation, guilt or shame, it is not from God. He speaks only life and love.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life more abundantly. John 10:10
Satan is the father of lies. God is your Father. Look your Big Lie square in the eye and say, “My Daddy can beat up your daddy.”