The Great Deception

Are You Being Deceived?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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If you are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, you will know that a great pall of deception has covered the earth.  Indeed, I believe that Satan has unleashed a multitude of spirits of deception in a last-ditch attempt to capture souls for his dark kingdom.

A bold, bright gold "TRUTH" arises from a gray background consisting of the word "LIES" repeated many times a different depths.

Signs of this deception abound for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear:

1) Insanity has infiltrated the thinking of our culture. What is right is now considered wrong; what is wrong is now considered right.

2) Lawlessness abounds and few are doing anything to prevent it. Consider the New Year’s Eve assault on women in Germany.

3) Poltical correctness has generated cowardice because of fear of retribution. Our nation has lost its spine.

What are we to do? We are to advance the Kingdom of God with courage, boldness, and love. We are to take a stand for righteousness at every opportunity. We are to speak the truth in love, fearlessly and with great concern for the salvation of souls.

To do this, ask yourself these questions:

1) Am I being deceived in any way? Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you any areas of your thinking in which you are being deceived. Then repent of the deception, renounce it, and replace it with the truth found in God’s Word.

2) Am I deepening my relationship with Jesus Christ? Only Jesus–Who is Truth–can keep us from deception. The closer you are to Jesus, the less you will be deceived. 

3) Speak out when you see deception and enforce the truth. Remember the Lord’s words to Jeremiah: “Do not be afraid of anyone, for I will be with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1: 8).

Our culture is captive to Satan because it has believed its lies. Only the truth can set our culture free (John 8:32).

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Lies and How They Hinder You

What lies are hindering you?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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If you’re like a lot of people, you are walking around with deep emotional pain but you are keeping it to yourself.  You may feel as though you’re the only one going through what you’re going through.  Sometimes, you may even feel as though you’re losing your mind.  If this describes you, take heart. There is a reason for your dilemma, and there is a way out of it.


Please bear with me as I build a foundation for you. This foundation is important to your understanding of what follows and to getting free of your emotional pain.

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You are a three-part being. You have a spirit, a soul, and a body. How do I know this? This information is found in the Holy Bible in the First Book of Thessalonians, chapter 5, verse 23: “May the God who gives peace make you holy in every way. May he keep your whole being—spirit, soul, and body—blameless when our Lord Jesus Christ comes” (Emphasis mine). 

I believe that the Bible is God’s manual for man and explains who we are, how we function, and how we should live to create a successful life for ourselves.  


When you were born into this world, your spirit was dead. In other words, it was separated from God by what is called original sin.  Original sin is the state of separation from God that resulted when Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying Him. Their disobedience separated them from God and severed their relationship with Him. Because Adam and Eve could pass on to their children only what they were, we inherited their sin nature and are also born into this world separated from God.


But God the Father loved you so much that He sent Jesus Christ, His Son, to give you a new spirit so that you could be reconnected to God: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life” (The Message). 


Now before you decide that all of this discussion about lies is nonsense, please hear me out.  


Adam and Eve sinned because they believed a lie that Satan told them, the lie that God was holding out on them by commanding them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree in the Garden of Eden. In reality, God was protecting them. In disobeying God’s command, Adam and Eve essentially called God a liar.  The truth was that Satan was the liar.


And he still is. Satan is still whispering lies into people’s minds, including yours. But you may not recognize them as Satan’s lies. You probably think they are your own thoughts, and sometimes those thoughts drive you nuts. Here are some of those lies that Satan may be whispering to you:

  • There is no God.
  • A good God wouldn’t let anyone go to hell.
  • There is no hell.
  • There is no life after this one.
  • Jesus Christ was a good man, but He was not God.
  • There is no absolute truth. Each person must decide for himself what is true or not true.
  • It’s okay to have sex outside of marriage as long as I love my partner.
  • Abortion is not murder. After all, what’s inside the woman is not a person.
  • To support gay marriage is to be tolerant.

The list of Satan’s lies goes on and on.


If you are in bondage in any way to any of these lies,  you can be sure that Satan is whispering lies into your mind and that you are believing those lies. The only way to get rid of the harassing thoughts, bad habits, or tormenting emotions is to identify the lies you are believing, renounce those lies, and replace them with the truth.


The first step in doing this is to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Why do you need to do this? Because Jesus Christ is Truth, and when you have Him in your spirit, His Holy Spirit will show you what lies you are believing so you can get rid of them.

If you have never accepted Jesus as your Savior, I urge you to do so now.  None of what I will be talking about will make sense nor will it work unless you have accepted Christ.  The reason is that Jesus Christ alone is the Truth.  You will never be free without Jesus Christ because He is the Truth Who sets you free. 

 

Bottom line, wherever you are having a problem in life, there is a lie behind it that you are believing, whether that problem is in your marriage, in your parenting, in your job, in your family relationships, in your relationships with others. Your job is to identify the lie, to renounce it, and to replace it with the truth. The only way you can do this completely is through Jesus Christ Who calls Himself Truth: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).

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Are Lies Hurting Your Heart?

ARE LIES HURTING YOUR HEART?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Scales, advantage truthDo you know that the health of your heart depends on your believing the truth? The more truth you believe, the healthier your heart (soul) will be.

Not only does the health of your heart depend on your believing the truth, but the degree of freedom you experience in life depends on your believing the truth. 

Truth and freedom are intimately and inseparably intertwined. Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).  Have you ever wondered why we in America have experienced so much freedom? It is due to the fact that our Founding Fathers believed the truth and built our country on it.

Have you also wondered why we in America are now losing many of our freedoms? The reason is that over the last sixty years or so, we have gradually been moving away from the truth.

What is truth? Prominent theologian RC Sproul says this: “Truth is defined as that which corresponds to reality as perceived by God.”  Apologist Ravi Zacharias adds that “The single most important question any human being can ask is the question, ‘What is truth’?”

So, again I ask you, “What is truth?” Do you know the answer to that question? Have you ever asked yourself that question? The answer you give has serious implications for your heart.

Pontius Pilate asked Jesus the same question just before our Lord’s crucifixion. But Pilate asked mockingly, not with a sincere desire to know the truth.

Do you have a sincere desire to know the truth? This question was posed to me 45 years ago.  At the time, I had a burning desire to be free of the bondage in my life. When I discovered that knowing the truth would make me free, I began a life-long journey to know truth. What I discovered is that Truth is not a thing. Truth is a Person, and that Person is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is Truth Personified. To know Him is to know Truth. To know Jesus is to know Freedom.

If there is any bondage in your life, you can be absolutely sure that there is a lie behind it. Knowing Jesus will set you free from the lie. 

So, our primary task in life is to pursue Jesus. As we discover Him, He will shatter the lies that have us bound. As those lies crumble, our freedom will grow, as will our love for Him Who set us free.

Do you want to know the truth about who you are in Christ? If so, read YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS! and discover how to recognize and destroy the lies in your life.  You Were made for Greatness

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Did God Really Say . . . ?

Deception. It is all around us. Perhaps never in the history of the world has there been such pervasive deception. With the Internet and other means of high-technology communication at our disposal today, deception can spread like wildfire around the globe in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.

To deceive means “to mislead by a false appearance or statement” (Dictionary.com). Scripture reveals that Satan is the arch–deceiver. He is called “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). His goal is to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). In order to accomplish his goal, he uses deception.

From the first lie Satan spoke to our first parent Eve to the lies he speaks today, Satan’s tactics have not changed. He always asks the same question, “Did God really say?” (Genesis 3:1).  In so doing, he attempts to plant a seed of doubt in our hearts as to the character of God. If Satan can get us to doubt God’s goodness, then Satan has us in the palm of his wicked hand.

What situation are you facing today where you are doubting God’s goodness and love for you? Are you sick and doubting that God wants to heal you? Are you broke and doubting that God wants to get you out of debt? Are you in a difficult marriage and thinking the only way out is divorce?

Whatever your situation, know this: GOD IS GOOD!  He gives only good gifts. Nothing evil in your life has come from God. All evil comes from Satan.

Determine in your heart that you will never believe Satan’s lie. You will never question God’s goodness. You will look to His Word and find the answer for your every need.

God promises us only good. Choose to believe what He says. When you do, Satan’s power of deception will be driven out by Truth.

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