Father Of Lies
October 30, 2011
Read: John 8:37-47
When [the devil] speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. óJohn 8:44
Satanís sway over mankind began when he turned the minds of Adam and Eve against God. In order to pull it off, he had to lie to them about Godóand they had to fall for it. In that defining moment, he lied to them about Godís goodness, Godís Word, and Godís intentions (Gen. 3:1-6).
Satan is still up to his old tricks. Jesus said that when the devil ďspeaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liarĒ (John 8:44). It should not be surprising, then, that when trouble interrupts our lives, the father of lies whispers in our ears and suddenly we are questioning Godís goodness. When we are told to follow His commands, we wonder if His Word is really true in the first place. When Jesus tells us things like, ďDo not lay up for yourselves treasures on earthĒ (Matt. 6:19), Satan tells us that the good life is about piling up things here, causing us to doubt Godís good intentions.
Our problem is that we, like Adam and Eve, believe Satanís lies. And when we do, our loyalty to God is compromised. Then our enemy slithers off to his next assignment, leaving us alone to face our regrets and the realization that his lies have seduced us away from our truest and dearest Friend. Who have you been listening to lately?
Satan can catch you by surprise
And stop you in your tracks,
So keep on guard and trust Godís Word,
Resist his strong attacks. óBranon
The power of Satan is no match for the power of Godís Word.