Today Norma Jean and I are on the way to Nashville where I’m speaking this weekend at the Kemper Heights Church as a part of their Family Weekend. Their theme is “Lies the Devil Tells Us.”
As I have been preparing these lessons over the past several weeks, I have been again reminded of how cunning, crafty and clever the devil is. There’s reason why he appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden as a snake.
Paul warned the Corinthians of Satan’s wily ways when he wrote, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor 11:3) The Apostle didn’t want these Christians to be taken advantage of. He said “We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices” (2 Cor 2:11)
The age old device that Satan uses is deception. He employed this in the beginning and still uses it in the 21st century. No wonder Jesus simply stated that the devil is a liar and the father of lies (Jn 8:44).
The devil lies to us when he says, “The Bible isn’t relevant in the 21st century. It’s outdated. And obsolete.” The devil’s a liar. The Bible is God’s inerrant, inspired Word (2Tim. 3:16-17). Peter says we have “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2Pet 1:3).
The devil lies to our culture when he says, “Marriage is old fashioned and the traditional family is outdated.” The devil’s a liar. Marriage and the family is not only the foundation of a well-ordered society but God’s plan from the very beginning. One man. For one woman. For life (Matt 19:1-12).
The Devil lies to young people and tells them to “live it up.” “Do your own thing.” “And satisfy every fleshly desire.” “After all,” he says, “you’re only young once.” The devil’s a liar. The Bible says, “Flee youthful lusts that war against the soul” (2Tim. 2:22;1Pet 2:11). And the wise man admonishes, “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” (Eccl. 12:1)
The devil lies to senior saints and tells them their days of usefulness are over. He seeks to undermine spiritual ministry by eliminating the wisdom and work of these mature Christians. Yet, the wise man reminds us that we can still “bear fruit in old age (and) be fresh and flourishing” Ps 92:12).
The devil lies to Christians when he says, “You can’t make a difference.” The devil’s a liar. One person can make a difference. Through the ages, God has used common, everyday, ordinary people to make a difference. Joseph, a pampered lad and later an imprisoned slave, was incredibly promoted by Pharoah to second in command and saved his people from famine. Moses, the Shepherd and fugitive from Egypt called to lead Israel to the promised land. Esther an orphan girl in captivity saved the Jewish people from annihilation.
You can make a difference. Who knows whether you are where you are today “for such a time as this?”
The “old serpent” is alive and well in the 21st century. He’s seeking entrance in our hearts. Poisoning our minds. Corrupting our emotions. And dulling our consciences. His #1 tactic is deception. He’s lair.
For those who don’t believe in the devil, I’m reminded of D.L. Moody’s answer when asked why he believed in the devil. “First of all,” Moody replied, “the Bible says so. Secondly, I’ve done business with him.”
I have too. And I know for a fact, the devil’s a liar.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman