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

The Accuser of the Brethren

B&W PatrioticHaha! Some folks just don’t get it. Christians aren’t good people and they are trying to make me run and hide from my past. Believers just understand that we walk in repentance  and truth.The only one that does that to a person is the enemy and we don’t retreat. Jesus Christ died so that I could live.

Mary had fallen at His feet and broken open a vessel of costly oil and anointed Him with this oil and who would be standing by but the religious people and Judas most specifically to point out what a unclean woman she was and how could this righteous man allow this woman of ill repute even touch Him? Jesus, being able to read the thoughts of men, turned to these men and spoke…”those who are forgiven much, love much, for those who are forgiven little, love little..” Speaking right to the self -righteous attitudes of the people in the room and He told them that this woman’s one small act would never be forgotten, for she had done this in an act of self humility and preparation of His burial. Mary Magdalene’s name still is held in high honor and she was the first person He chose to reveal Himself to in His resurrected form.But she also knew her need of repentance.

As you look in Revelation14, you will see that the Lord speaks to the lukewarm church. He says I will spew you out of my mouth. Because you are not hot or cold. I wish you were either one or the other! The word for spit is actually translated (vomit) You say I am rich;I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. But you do not realize that you are pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me, gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich, and white  clothes to wear , so you can cover your shameful nakedness, and salve to put on your eyes so that you can see.

What does this mean? It’s something that I have done and the reason that I am immune to these attacks. First of all, you have to understand that no one can enter into the kingdom of God until they become naked and you cannot put on religious garments to “cover up.” It makes the Lord vomit. This is what He means by being lukewarm. He can see through that. He’d rather you were just blatantly outside of the church than pretending.

When He speaks of “gold refined in the fire,” it is fire so intense, it can melt all of the impurities  so it is pure.

“Buy they eye salve so you can see.” This is they salve of truth and it is not always easy, but it is the only way to walk.

He follows this with, v19″Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door. I will come in and eat with him and he with me.

Now, this is the promise all through the book of Revelation. You will see it repeated, to him who overcomes. Yes, I had fallen away for a time. I had a terrible marriage and thought I might find some satisfaction in the world. I had a strong faith before but years of verbal abuse left me vulnerable. I started to falter and the enemy knew I was weak. He knows all of our weaknesses. Thats what I craved and the first place I looked was in the world for satisfaction.

I was the woman at the well. One of my favorite stories in scripture. The Samaritan woman that had come to the well in  of the day to draw water from the well. Jesus asked her for a drink, yet the Jews were not supposed to associate with the Samaritans. “How is it you ask me for a drink?” When Jesus spoke to her He told her, if you drink of this water, you will thirst again, but if you drink of the water I have to give you will never thirst again. ” He then proceeded to “read her mail.”  This woman after repeated attempts at finding love in all the wrong places and coming up dry, realizes, this is no ordinary man and states, “I can see that you are a prophet.” I think this part is pretty funny, since He’s already told her that she’s right when she says she has no husband, since she’s had five and the one she’s with right now, she isn’t married to.But it’s at this point that He reveals His true identity and once again, I’m amazed. The disciples return and they are also amazed, yet I don’t know why, because this is how He chose them. Is it because she’s a Samaritan? Because she’s a woman of ill repute? Or both? The fact is an shall always be, that Christ reveals Himself to the lost, the broken and the enemy tries to bring shame.

Satan will always try to remind us of our past and destroy our testimony, but it doesn’t work, because everything is at the foot of the cross and “we overcome by the word our testimony, and the blood of the Lamb, and not loving our lives unto death.” So you see, you can’t kill someone that is already dead. This is the freedom that the Lord is talking about. This is what is meant by “coming clean.” No one can put you under their thumb. Who hasn’t sinned? The Lord says, “the prince of this world has come, and he has found nothing in me.” This is what we must say. Don’t allow him to shame us into hiding. He’s the ultimate bully and I have no fear of him. True believers “trample scorpions and serpents.” When the enemy is warring against me, I know that I must really be making headway for the kingdom of God! I’m in the very frontlines of the battleground and no longer with a pliers, but with the Sword of the Spirit in hand. Waging battle, not just for me, but even for those who are against me. Only one day will they know, what a spiritual battle they are in, and what prisoners they are because of this prince of darkness and how he shames them as well.

In fact Satan himself is called the Accuser,” he accuses us before God night and day”. (Revelation12:10) So am I surprised that some would reach back and pull things from my past? No, bring it. It will allow me to share my testimony.

At any rate I’m not running for public office, but if I were I would say the same thing. Share your testimony. It’s what the Lord was telling everyone from the beginning. It’s the truth that makes you free.

And now I know, I have no need of anything but the Living Water. I understand what the Lord meant because I’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good and I want to share with others what I have found. The water that once you have had it you will never thirst again.

It is a good feeling to become naked, so that He can clothe you with His white linen garments. To buy His gold refined by the fire and the eye salve, that will allow you to see the truth so that you can walk in His ways.

“He directs the steps of a righteous man.”