This week, Clayton King from Newspring Church spoke with us. He talked through John 8:31-47 and discussed the lies that we often believe and where those lies come from.

He started off by saying that we all believe different lies at different points in our lives. He shared multiple examples to show that sometimes those lies come from other people, but sometimes they come from our own head.

Either way, all lies come from one place, one very real place of evil. All lies come from our enemy, Satan. Arrogance and ego destroyed Satan–he became prideful, thought he could take God’s place, and was ultimately thrown from heaven. Now, he plans our demise. He tells us lies, and if we don’t believe that he exists, he has us right where he wants us. The only thing we can’t defeat, Clayton argued, is the thing that we can’t see. Satan can destroy our lives if we don’t believe in him or believe that he is actively attacking us.

So how can we break free of him?

In John 8:31-32, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

The truth will set us free. But not just the truth alone–we have to do something with it. Jesus said, “if you hold to my teachings.” We have to follow him, we have to hold to his teachings, we have to live like we know the truth. We can’t just go on the Spring Break mission trip, or wear t-shirts with Bible verses on them, or go to a cool church, or show up to FCA a couple of times a month and think everything is good. We can know the right things and believe the right things, but still remain in sin by not acting on them. Satan tries to convince us that if we just believe the right things, we’re okay. The Bible doesn’t say that. The Bible tells us that the truth should manifest in our life and in our repentance. We have to do something with the truth that we know.

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” James 2:19

In verse 34, Jesus says, “anyone who sins is a slave to sin.” The enemy will thrill you with sin, make it seem okay or even great, and then destroy you before you’ve realized it. Clayton gave us a short list of common lies we believe in our lives:

  1. I’ll always be alone and unloved
  2. Money will solve your problems.
  3. Sex is no big deal.
  4. You are dirty and God can never forgive you.

All of these are lies. Satan will tell us to go ahead and sin because it’s not sin anyway. He will convince us that it’s “okay” and that we’re not really sinning. He’ll teach us to believe that we shouldn’t let anyone tell us what’s right and what’s wrong. Then, that same voice, once you’ve given in and sinned, will heap condemnation on you. Satan will tell you that you’re “awful, not really a Christian” and that “God hates you.”

None of that is true, even close to the truth, but we have to identify those lies that we’re believing before we can fight them. Satan doesn’t want his lies to be exposed. He loves the darkness that he lives in. He knows that we are weak and he knows how to attack our insecurities. In order to fight back, we have to identify these lies and hold them to the light. Only then will we realize how far from the truth they are. Only then will we be able to fight back.

Jesus will always tell us the truth. He will tell us the truth because he loves us, and wants the best for us. Don’t we want a doctor that will tell us the truth? Who will tell us what’s wrong with us and how to fix it? In the same way, we want a Savior who loves us enough to show us the truth.

Two truths:

  1. We’re all more broken than we ever imagined
  2. We are all more loved by God than we ever dreamed.

We don’t have to believe Satan’s lies anymore. When we really hear the truth, we are accountable for it. We have to believe it, and then it will set us free. We can never undo the fact that we know the truth. The truth will captivate us and never let us go. Jesus will keep pulling us back to him, no matter how far we may run from the truth. Jesus wants to give us life.

If you are a Christian, Satan cannot steal your eternal life. He won’t stop you from meeting Jesus when you die, but he will certainly try to wreck your abundant life. He will do everything he can to make this life miserable. But in Jesus, we have victory. When we hear the truth and do something about it, we are free.

Walk in the truth of the gospel this week. Satan will offer us counterfeits because he knows that we are wired for love and affection. But we have the real thing, the greatest love we can ever know, in Jesus. Run to him this week and believe his truth.

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