Jesus told us very plainly that our adversary, the devil, is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He lies to sinners to keep them from the salvation (2 Corinthians 4:4) and he lies to saints to keep them from freedom. Jesus died to set men free from sin, sickness, satan, and the curse. Freedom from all of these is the plan of God for every believer and it is made possible as we continue in His Word (John 8:31, 32).
We know the Ninth Commandment that says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor Exodus 20:16, often quoted as, “Thou shalt not lie,” is God’s prohibition against all lying. Our God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19) and is a God of truth (Deuteronomy 32:4). As our Source of truth, He requires His children to always speak the truth (Ephesians 4:15).
Our enemy Satan has other purposes for using lies. Satan’s only power is to deceive us and deception is simply believing a lie instead of the truth. We are deceived if in any area of life we believe a lie instead of the truth. If he cannot get us to believe a lie, he cannot hurt or influence us to do evil or use us to hurt or do evil to others. Two reasons for this is:
- What we believe influences everything we think, say, and do. Beliefs produce behavior.
- He steals authority by deceit or getting us to believe lies. He has to use lies because he has no authority, no right to influence, no jurisdiction, no rule, or liberty to do as he wills.
That is the power of his lies and the lying spirits he uses to transmit his deception: to get us to believe a lie not just get us to tell a lie (1 Kings 22:21-24). Believing a lie strips us of the protection and freedom God has given us through truth (Ephesians 6:10-14; John 8:32) and like Jonah, keeps us from the mercy of God; Jonah 2:8. Jonah 2:8 says, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”