BELIEVING A LIE

believing-a-lieJesus 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:

  1. What we believe influences everything we think, say, and do. Beliefs produce behavior.
  2. 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.”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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