Things That Bring About Stability – Today: Identifying and Eradicating Lies

It’s one thing to tell a lie, it’s another thing to believe a lie 

Definition of “Lie”: (Merriam Webster)

The SOURCE of Lies 

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (ESV)

NOTE: Jesus’ audience here – were those who didn’t believe in Him 

NOTE: Jesus also SAID: People who aren’t born of God – have a desire to fulfil a “different will” – than My Father’s will

What WE place value on isn’t always what GOD places value on

NOTE: Jesus also said: The devil is the father of lies

Gen. 3:1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

Gen. 3:2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.

Gen. 3:3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

Gen. 3:4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman.

Gen. 3:5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (NLT)

1 Cor. 6:11 And all this describes what some of you were. But now you have had every stain washed off: now you have been set apart as holy: now you have been pronounced free from guilt; in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God. (Weymouth)

Here are some main SOURCES of lies: 

Rev. 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. (ESV)

NOTE: satan is the accuser and Jesus is the Advocate 

Gen. 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (ESV)

The CONSEQUENCES of Lies 

One: They Hinder God’s Work on Earth 

Two: They Can Unite, Separate, Bring Peace, or War

1 Chr. 19:1 Now after this Nahash the king of the Ammonites died, and his son reigned in his place.

1 Chr. 19:2 And David said, “I will deal kindly with Hanun the son of Nahash, for his father dealt kindly with me.” So David sent messengers to console him concerning his father. And David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites to Hanun to console him.

1 Chr. 19:3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honouring your father? Have not his servants come to you to search and to overthrow and to spy out the land?” (ESV)

1 Chr. 19:18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 7,000 chariots and 40,000 foot soldiers, and put to death also Shophach the commander of their army. (ESV)

1 Chr. 19:19 And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and became subject to him. So the Syrians were not willing to save the Ammonites anymore. (ESV)

Lies have united groups of people for common purposes – when a lie unites someone for a common purpose – it’s usually not a good purpose

Three: Lies Can MOVE People to Action 

Lies can affect the relationship between two people the same way a lie can drive nations to war 

Lies move us in our mind and emotions – because there isn’t truth to engage our spiritual hearts

Truth moves people from the heart – because truth engages the heart (spirit of man)

The ERADICATING of Lies 

ASK ourselves: Is what I am thinking true?

Sources: Devil – Evil Spirits – Fallen Man – My senses 

Lies we believe about ourselves:

Relationships Lies: 

Here are common lies told us 

One: The Father of Truth is in Us 

Heb. 6:18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. (NLT)

Two: Truth Eradicates Lies

John 8:31 Jesus therefore said to those of the Jews who had now believed in Him, “As for you, if you hold fast to my teaching, then you are truly my disciples;

John 8:32 and you shall know the Truth, and the Truth will make you free.” (Weymouth)

Three: Don’t Assume and Go on Hearsay

Someone will always be talking – if we don’t talk the devil keeps talking

STORY: A pastor who once spoke ill of me wanted it to stop – so he came to me and said…