Forewarned Is Forearmed

August 22, 2018

 

Jesus called Satan “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44, NLT). Keeping with his nature, Satan continues to spread lies about God and the children of God. Some who believe, or once believed, still fall for these lies. Others never come to know God because of them. Forewarned is forearmed, and knowing Satan’s three most destructive lies will equip you to resist them and empower you to pull others away from him.

 

Lie #1: There is no Heaven

 

Satan’s Lie #1 attacks not only our beliefs in eternity, a final judgment, and the ultimate reward for the righteous, but also our beliefs in the existence of God Himself. Do not be fooled, however, because the Word of God is clear on all these things (Romans 2:5-8, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29), and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead makes God, not Satan, the final authority on our lives and our eternal destinies.

 

Lie #2: There is no Hell

 

Satan’s Lie #2 tries to deceive us into believing one of two things, both of which are untrue. First, for some, the lie that there is no Hell, like the lie that there is no Heaven, challenges our beliefs in eternity, a final judgment, and the ultimate punishment for those who have done evil. Second, for others, the lie that there is no Hell lulls them into a false sense of security; if God is a loving God, they say, surely Heaven is real but Hell is just a story to scare children into behaving themselves. Once again, however, do not be fooled, because the Word of God is clear on this as well (Mark 9:42-48, Romans 2:5-8, Matthew 25:31-46, John 5:28-29), and God will not be mocked by those who reject Him and freely choose to do evil instead.

 

Lie #3: There is no hurry

 

Satan’s Lie #3 takes advantage of human nature because we most often attend to whatever is immediately in front of us. Thus, a man engaged in sin was offered the chance to repent, change his ways, and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His response was that he planned to ask for forgiveness on his deathbed; until then, he said, he wasn’t worried. However, there is no guarantee of a long life for any of us. In fact, there is no guarantee there will even be a tomorrow. Furthermore, none of us knows when Jesus will return (Matthew 24:42-44, 25:13). As believers, we should never lose our focus on Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2), and we should be prepared, at all times, to give an account of what we did with the life God has given to each of us.

 

What it means for you

 

The words of today’s message are not intended to unsettle you or make you less certain of your eternal destiny. They are offered to peel back some of the layers of Satan’s true nature and show him for what he really is: the hater of God and predator of God’s children (1 Peter 5:8). Knowledge of Satan’s ways is power over him, and so is the truth – the truth of Jesus Christ that sets us free (John 8:31-32).

 

-- Dr. John Morris

 

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