The Father of Lies


Now to continue on the earlier posts, the lies in our lives must be “pulled down.” The Father of lies, is the devil and he is busy all day long. He continues to wreak havoc in our lives. Spinning, spinning, spinning. I have had a saying, “when truth is absent, deception abounds.”

Yes, he is called, “The Accuser.” When other’s point the finger of guilt at someone, it is to avoid looking into the mirror. However, the Holy Spirit, does bring conviction of sin. This is done with love. But, when it is not in love, then we know, who is behind it.

Now, the other day, I was talking with someone about some issues, and my son was sitting in the next room. I heard him pipe up, and he said, “It’s bad parenting.” First of all, I thought. It’s not his business, but then wondered, where in the world did he hear this? “No, it’s not.” I corrected him. I was addressing an issue of spiritual authority, which the Lord wants us to understand, and this has nothing to do with bad parenting. I wanted him to understand, that this is a label, and a judgement, which I surely didn’t make. But later, I had to ponder this. I remembered, him making this statement to me as a joke, the day before, and wondered where he had heard it. Was it in reference to me? Was it a statement which someone said, I made about them? This disturbed me even more. Because, I know how the enemy operates, and this is an accusatory statement, I was upset.

But this is exactly what Satan does to people to keep them divided and bitter. He makes untrue statements about God’s Word, and a persons character, and twists it all around. Then he uses emotions to build his fortress of evil. If he can get someone to carry out his evil plans he has won. This is why the Lord tells us, “not to let the sun go down on our anger.” Do not even give it a day.

This is what scripture tells us about this, “You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

We must line everything up to God’s Word. Is this true? Is this what God would say? At any rate, we are all bad, because, we’re sinners, and we have all gone astray, as the Lord has told us. Each one of us. So, I would certainly not place myself in any position of honor. I know that I have only received grace like everyone else. But when the Lord has given us stewardship of souls, He also asks for an accounting, one day. I am very much aware of this, and desire those around me to know the authority which we are under.

I have been made keenly aware of the fact that everything we do has future ramifications. I never understood the seed time and harvest, as much as I do now. Yes, the old cliché, “Youth is wasted on the young,” is more profound than ever. If only they knew, how serious, the decisions will affect the rest of their lives. I only pray, that they can see, what I could not.

But yet, I still have my bible, that was given to me, when I was placed in a Children’s Home, at only 7 years old. The front cover is completely torn off, but inscribed on the first page is written, “Happy are those who listen to God’s Word and keep it.”Luke 11:28 From Robert, the Sunday School Teacher, May 9, 1965

I would say, that sums it up. That Sunday school teacher, planted the seeds, which I needed to carry me through this difficult life. The Father of lies, was going to come against me time after time. Being in the Children’s Home, was only the first of his lies. He was telling me I would never see my mother or father again. He was telling me I was to be an orphan. No one cared about me.

But that’s all he does is lie. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, his strategy is to keep people divided with his lies, because if they are all together in unity, he would be exposed. So the lies he tells, must keep people divided. So the signature of the enemy is that he does NOT want unity. Look around. Do you see people like that? the enemy wants division. Discord. Understand this is warfare. Learn by studying the word! Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment and wisdom.

The Lord wants unity of spirit. Love, honesty. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

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Honor Your Parents


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I had been given a revelation of this very important commandment by my pastor in a teaching once. I wondered why I had never noticed it before. It’s the only commandment with a blessing attached to it. The Fifth Commandment which states, “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Some translations say, “so that things may go well with you and you may live long upon the earth.” (Exodus 20:12)

Either translation pretty much tells you that it is a blessing that is dependent upon our own respect for our parents. It also does not state that this is a conditional blessing. Meaning, our parents do not earn this honor. We just honor them regardless. I’m not saying that if they have done something terrible, we condone this. I’m saying that honor, is just given as a choice by will.

If we look at this commandment then we must believe that conversely, by not giving honor to our parents, that things will not go well with us.

I remember being in a heated argument with my mother when I was a teenager and I lifted my hand as if to slap her. I was held back, supernaturally. I knew this was impossible and I alway felt grief knowing that I dishonored her to even bring my hand up. After this we have had many arguments and they always end up with me apologizing and telling her that there is no excuse for me disrespecting her.

Now something else the Lord showed me that I found very beautiful. It filled my heart since I was also a stepparent dealing with many parenting issues. As so many people have extended families, Christ did not differentiate.

One day I was reading the account of Christ’s crucifixtion and I was rereading the episode of Christ assigning John to His mother, at the foot of the cross. Why would He do this, I wondered. Here He is, dying, and yet, He finds this very important to make sure this last lesson is taught. Usually last words spoken from a dying man tend to be the most important. This is when I thought of my own life and realized that Christ was trying to tell all of us that His own blood is what makes us one family. It is not the fact that we are born into a family. Right there at the foot of the cross. So we know that once we give our lives to Christ, we are all one. This was the reason that “not a bone of His was broken.” It was to show that the family of God is intact. One body.

So, we know also that to “Honor our father and mother,” also extends to our spiritual father and mother’s. Anyone that is within the body of Christ and has a part in our spiritual upbringing.

Now my own father did many things that hurt me during my life, yet I knew he was full of hurt in his own life. He never had many chances in life. I had a lot of compassion for him. I never was angry with him. If my father ever had to earn any honor, well, it just would be impossible. But if we had to earn honor with the Lord, wouldn’t that also be impossible? How can we hold our parents to a standard that we can’t keep?

I know there are some parents that are just jerks. I’ve met them. They can’t help it. But don’t rob yourself of your own blessing. Honor them and that doesn’t mean you have to hang out with them. Just don’t live with regrets.

I think that the Lord must believe that this commandment is pretty important since it is one of the things that the prophet Malachi speaks will take place before the return of the Lord. (Malachi 4:5)