Carolyn and I have just returned from the 4th Christian Communicators Conference, and what an amazing five days it was! God is so good to continually bring together like-minded ladies who love the Lord and quickly grow to love one another.
And, as usual, there was an often-voiced struggle among the group–dealing with the lies of Satan. So, for all of us–Carolyn and me, new grads and old, CCC friends, and seekers who simply stumble across this post–I thought today would be a good day to reprint a slightly altered conclusive point I shared in my book, Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe. That point is followed by a reprint from a recent Parting Words From The WORD blog post at my website. I pray they both encourage all of us today.
What are you going to do with the Truth?
God has a plan for you, and His plan leads to life. He simply asks that you believe His Word, get up from your chair, and leave the lies. Leave them. Leave the burdens and the fears and the guilt. Lay them at His feet, and go forward in the power and grace of His loving truth.
But Satan also has a plan, and his plan leads to death. He would love for you to question His Word, get up from your chair, and go on with your life as if nothing has happened. He would love for you to question your commitment and doubt God’s power to change you. He would love for you to pick up his same old lies. The same burdens. The same fears. The same guilt.
Jesus shares a few choice words about Satan in the New Testament. He calls him the evil one (Matthew 13:38), the enemy (Matthew 13:39), the prince of this world (John 12:31), and a thief (John 10:10). In John 8:44 Jesus says there is no truth in Satan, that he’s a liar, the father of lies, and a murderer.
But at least seventy-five times throughout those same pages, Jesus Himself says these words: “I tell you the truth . . . ”
Yes, Jesus tells us the truth. And the truth is, Satan is a liar.
Jesus came to seek and to save. Satan came to steal, kill and destroy.
Who will you believe? The choice is yours. I pray you choose to know and believe the words of Jesus, because knowing and believing the truth is the only way to recognize a lie.
This, dear ladies, is God’s truth:
- Your worth is not dependent on your beauty or your busyness or your stuff.
- A happy marriage is one that endures.
- Motherhood is an honorable profession.
- God has the power to overcome your fear.
- Your life won’t be perfect until you reach perfection in heaven.
- You win when you lose.
- You can’t win God’s love because of your goodness, and you can’t lose His love because of your sin.
Yes, Christ will tell us the truth, even when we prefer a lie. And the truth is, we desperately need a Savior. Why do we fight the freedom He offers? Because we know in our hearts that unmerited liberty comes with a price . . . and we don’t think we can pay it.
The good news is, we don’t have to.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)
We all hear them–whispers. God’s word tells us that two sides whisper in our ears:
Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts… Psalm 36:1 (NLT)
Then, Jesus says in the New Testament:
What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear! Matthew 10:27 (NLT)
Two sides. Good and evil.
Which are we listening to today?
Grace and peace,
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