Here are the slides from this morning > damage of deception
Satan wants to step into an incidence of sin and get you caught/stuck so he can do as much damage as he can. The heart of everything he does is deception. When you fail or someone sins against you, Satan will attempt to attach a message to that hurt to keep you bound in it a long time. Once we latch onto it, a stronghold is in place.
Where does it start?
“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie … furthermore since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind.” Romans 1:25,28.
“Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say, you belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. 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 liars.” John 8:43-44
How do we turn it around?
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) and Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. (John 8:32)
The enemy is going to lie to you. He’s lying to you right this very moment. You have to know the Truth to combat the lies. The Word is your greatest weapon in this war.
Deception was at the heart of the very first sin. The serpent said to her “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree?”
- Wages an attack on the mind. Brings confusion.
- Then once, confusion was in place, Satan flatly denies truth “You will surely not die…” he distorts.
- Substitutes his lie for God’s truth – “you will become like God”
If you and I question God’s character i.e. “maybe God isn’t all that concerned about me” –> it leaves us vulnerable to questioning His word and if that’s the case –> Satan can easily insert his lies. YOU have opened the door.
It begins in the battlefield of the mind and then he’ll go after your heart and finally, your soul.
There are four main categories of lies…
- About God. He isn’t good, He cannot be pleased. A distant and uncaring being. It leads you to a path of “why try?” And yet, Psalm 139 tells us that God knew us in our mother’s womb and He knit us together – each of us uniquely crafted.
- Myself. “God can’t or won’t forgive my sin” – Guilt. Satan wants to trap you there. “I’m worthless” – created from lies spoken over us by people. We bite and he piles on. “If I was just _____ I’d be OK”. Satan tries to lock you onto that ____ as your idol i.e. that which will give you a sense of security and meaning and will make your life work. It’s a lie. You can get back all that money you lost or get that house or get that woman … it is still not going to fill your soul. “I can never really change” – we get stuck here and Satan wants you believing that this is how you’re always going to be – that there is no way out.
- Others. “I can’t trust anyone” – his lies have a measure of truth – there is no human you can trust absolutely. “All women are ___” – if you’re hurt, Satan wants to attach a message to the pain – an absolute you can declare. “If my wife would only…” again, making an idol of that one quality you wish she had. “If I say no, they won’t like me” – people pleasing to gain approval. “If I tell anyone, I will be ruined” – Satan’s trick of isolating you to do life alone and bake in your own shame without others to call you out of it. The truth is, you’re only as sick as your secrets.
- About the Christian life. “I don’t need anyone else but God” – no, you’re made for relationship/community. “I know what God’s word says but my situation is unique” – usually occurs when you want to go against God’s word. “If I could just ____, I’d feel more spiritual” – the trap of performance i.e. praying, memorizing scripture, mission trips. It’s a lie that you can perform your way into God’s favor.
How do we deal with this?
- Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ – “What is this message I’m hearing Father? Where did it come from? What is its purpose?”
- Renounce the lie I’ve believed and claim the truth of God’s Word – To know truth, I need to know God’s Word. Fill your mind with it. It is the greatest weapon you have yet most of us rarely study the Word. We live in a media world – messages come at us constantly telling us what we should believe. Know God’s Word so you can combat it.
- Draw on the power of community – you cannot do this by yourself. Community can show you your blind spots and help you see reality i.e. “that’s a lie, here is the truth”. Community encourages you to hang on.