Thursday, December 17, 2015

Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44)

“Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. ... there is no truth in him (the devil). When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.” (John 8:43-44 AMP)

Sometimes it is hard for us to learn to believe and receive from God because of Satan’s lies.

This morning the Lord told me that we have been taught to be beggars in His Kingdom instead of His son’s and daughter’s.

The Word tells us that His son’s are never forsaken nor will their children have to beg for bread.  (Psalm 37:25) Yet, we pray as beggars; “Please God, please God won’t You please do something? Please heal so and so.” We cry, plead and beg and become greatly disappointed when He does not do what we ask.

When our children come to us asking for something they ask believing that if we have it, we will give it to them. “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)

The Word tells us that we are the children of the Living God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ. We are princes and princeses of the King of kings and have been given authority, dominion, and power through His Spirit, to “…come boldly to the throne of grace (not crawling on hands and knees), that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NKJV)

When we pray we are to ask, believing that we have received and we will have what we ask. (Mark 11:24) Do not waver or be double-minded (James 1:8) in asking. If you come this way you will not receive anything. If God said it, it is His will and His promise.  “For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with Him; that is why it is through Him that we say the “Amen” (So be it) when we give glory to God." (2 Corinthians 1:20 CJB)

Satan’s lies: Satan has tired to convince us that we have to beg and plead and hope God will intervene on our behalf. Pray but don’t expect anything. Give but don’t expect anything. Sow into the Kingdom, but do not expect God to bless us. It is our humble duty to give, stay poor and humble. We are just sorry old worms deserving nothing. If we repent enough, pray enough, give enough maybe some how God will show us mercy.

There is no grace in this type of thinking. With this Christianity becomes like all other religions-work for your salvation. This is false humility and comes from pride.

However; the Word of God tells us that He is a loving God: He is merciful; and He rewards  those who diligently seek Him; God loves a cheerful giver; He blesses the works of our hands; His love endures forever; Jesus came that we should have life abundantly (John 10:10); He hopes above all things that we prosper, be in health and our soul to prosper (3 John 2); God is a good God; He is our provider, our healer and never leaves us. He is all we will ever need!

The Bible teaches us how awesome He is, but we think it is more holy to keep telling Him how wretched we are even though He tells us He made us in His image and likeness. He also tells us that everything He created was very good. So when we are constantly telling Him how awful we are we have called Him a liar. Repent of this and receive the new birth and become the new creation in Christ that Jesus gave His life for us to become.

We can so easily be forgiven. Once we recognize and confess our sin, forgive and receive forgiveness we are clean before our Lord because we have come to Him through Jesus Christ who paid the complete price for our sins. We have asked in faith/confidence trusting that God is Who He says He is and will do what He says He will do when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior. (1 John 1:9)

Adam chose to believe the serpent and lost his place of authority and dominion on earth. Jesus came to restore us to our rightful place as children of the Living God, representing God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit on planet earth. However; it is not automatic. Just as with Adam, the choice is always ours. The question is, “Who will you believe? Who will you choose?”

Meditate on this. Seek Jesus. If you have asked Him to be your Savior, I encourage you to make Him Lord, the supreme authority in your life. He loves you and always desires the very best for you. Amen!

Blessings on your day!


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