God is clear in His Word – the enemy is the “father of lies” and has been lying since the beginning of creation.
From deceiving Eve in the garden and causing her to question what God said, Satan continues his reign of terror on earth – seeking to kill and destroy anything and everything.
And while as a Christian your salvation is secure – you still might find yourself falling prey to believing these major lies.
The good news is, as a believer you have the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you discernment as you read God’s Word and learn the truth.
Here are 3 of the biggest lies Satan whispers hoping to discourage God’s children.
Lie #1 – You Are Still Guilty
Jesus paid the price for all sins – past, present, and future.
And because of His blood, there is no longer condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The moment you repent from your sins and accept Jesus into your life as Lord – acknowledging He died and rose from the dead, forever paying the price for your sins – you are covered by His sacrifice on the cross.
But Satan likes to remind believers of the life they “used to live” … drawing to mind all the things they did before they were Christians.
Sometimes Christians get caught up still feeling guilty for their past sins – thinking they need to earn their way into heaven or somehow “earn” God’s forgiveness.
So, if you are feeling guilty for your past sins, but have already confessed and repented from them – remember, you are a new creation in Christ!
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. The new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7
Lie #2 – God Isn’t Really “Good”
In this broken world, we see the effects of sin everywhere around us.
From damaged relationships to divorce, unforgiveness to drunkenness, cancer to crime – with so much pain and sadness, it can either make us bitter and angry – or point us to the cross – reminding us that this world is not our home.
Regardless of what happens on this side of heaven – we KNOW God is sovereign and good, and always on His throne.
We might not understand why He allows certain events to play out as He does – but He is God, and we are not.
Knowing that God is good can help us keep an eternal perspective and not cause us to doubt His goodness.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1
Lie #3 – Sin Has No Consequence
Satan loves to convince believers that sin doesn’t have a price – that our “best life is now” – and that people should just “do what makes them happy.”
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
While Jesus does forgive and cleanse us from our sins – oftentimes, there are natural consequences we have to pay.
A drunkard may lose their marriage. A gambler may go into major debt. A gossip may damage a friendship or relationship.
While God can redeem our situations – and sometimes we are spared the consequences of our actions – other times, we will suffer for our sins.
Sin is not a toy; it must be slayed at the altar.
The worst thing that can happen to a believer is to live a life of repetitive sin – until their conscience becomes seared and their heart is hardened.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” Galatians 6:7
“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.” Ephesians 4:18-19
The best way to fight the enemy is with Scripture.
Memorize God’s Word. Meditate on it day and night.
And then, should you find yourself believing one of Satan’s lies, you’ll be ready to combat it with the truth.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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