We hear lies being told to us every day of our lives. Some come in flattery. Some come in deceit. Some come in search of gain. Lies appear to us in various ways, and it has made us skeptical of what others have to say to us. When someone lies to us, we soon lose respect for them, and they eventually lose our trust. Take a look at how God dealt with Ananias and Sapphira who dared lied to Him.
“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? “While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things” (Acts 5:1-5).
How many times have you told a lie? Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we find it much easier to tell a little white lie, as we like to describe them than to tell the truth. Of course, we know that the Bible teaches that we should not lie. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what Jesus says about lying. In John 8 Jesus is defending himself against the Pharisees trying to convince that he was the son of God.
“Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (Jn 8:43 43)
Jesus makes it very clear that the Devil is the father of lies and since these Pharisees would not accept the truth, Jesus deemed that as sons of the Devil. Think about that for a minute whenever you or I tell a lie. We are making the Devil our father or whenever we refuse to stand on the truth of God’s word again we are making the Devil our father. Maybe it would help us not to lie if we imagined that every time we began to tell a lie we see the Devil cheering us on or patting us on the back and saying, “great work my child”.
John defines a liar in 3 ways: He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 Jn 2:4). “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (1 Jn 2:22). “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 Jn 4:20).
God hates a liar. “These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren” (Prov6:16).
All liars will end up facing the same fate as the Devil. Look at Rev. 21:7 and notice first of all what will happen to those who remain faithful until the end. “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. Notice what he says in verse8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev 21:7)
The Word of God Is Not True
The devil used this lie starting with Adam and Eve.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; “but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen 3:1-5)
Eve, of course, fell for the lie. There are many people today that have believed in this lie as well. Think about how powerful that lie is. If the word of God is not true then there would be no need to follow what God has said, and there would be no need to fear the wrath of God. The Devil always holds on to part of the truth and doesn’t care if you hang on to part of the truth because he has you where he wants you if don’t have all of the truth. He doesn’t mind if people call the Bible a book of love or a good guidebook for raising a family, as long as he can convince people the word of God has some good points, but overall its full of errors and man-made stories. The Devil has been very successful in this lie because many people in the world no longer respect the word of God as absolute authority. You can see this in many ways in what denominations and liberal Churches of Christ are teaching today.
Many are teaching us to kill unborn babies and call it “a women’s choice”. Others are teaching us that we need to change our understanding of what the Bible teaches on homosexuality and call an alternative life style or tell them that such perversion is hereditary. Many say that the Bible is wrong when it comes to raising your children. They say you should not discipline your children so they can build self-esteem. Many want you to believe that the Bible is wrong when it comes to the origin of life. They want you to believe that life took billions of years and we evolved from lesser forms. They want us to believe that there are no absolute truths.
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:31-32,31)
God Makes Exceptions
God is not a respect of persons and he has told us this several times (Acts 17:30 ff; Rom 2:11; Col 3:25). God makes exceptions for no one, for no reason. Take a look a few people who learned this the hard way.
Achan believed this lie. “When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian garment, two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. And there they are, hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver under it” (Josh 7:21). God did not make an exception for him!
Lots wife was no exception (Gen. 19:26). Nadab and Abihu were not the ones God allowed to do evil and get by with it (Lev. 10:1). God did not make an exception for Uzzah (2 Sam. 6). You can wager your very soul that God is not going to make an exception for you and me.
” Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt 7:21-23)
Who Needs To Attend Worship
The Devil might say something like this: You only need to go church every once in awhile. Perhaps that is why so many attend church on Easter thinking that is good enough to satisfy God for an entire year. The Devil suggests that no one there cares about you anyway so you might as well stay home. You certainly don’t want to go to Bible classes because that’s just for the weak minded people. Besides, it will probably be really boring. The Devil is not stupid, he knows that if he can keep you out of the assembly, that he owns you and can keep you out of heaven.
He knows that the Bible teaches that in 1 Corinthians 12 that the church is like a body and that it needs every part to function properly, and if he can remove you from the body, not only does he get you weak, but he weakens the church by sucking you into his lie. He knows the more you become uninvolved with the church the more you become involved with the world. Whenever you believe the Devil’s lie, you do not assemble with the saints on the first day of the week, you break several of Gods commands.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33). Listen to what Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me”. “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come” (1 Cor 16:2).
When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, he commanded us to partake of it in remembrance of him and we find in Acts 20:7 that is was the 1st day of the week that the disciples came together to partake of the Lords Supper. “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb 10:24).
How To Overcome Lies
Lies can consume us and this is never truer than when we believe the Devil’s lies. We need to have a defense against the Devil and those who do His works. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal 6:7). “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this, you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God…” (1 Jn 4:1-3). “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
We need to put on the whole armor of God. “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — (Eph 6:11-18).
Last, but not least, we need to add to our faith. “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins” (2 Pet 1:5-9).