Every once in a while, a little soul searching is a good thing.
Do you know error when you hear it/read it?
Are you unknowingly speaking error to yourself? When someone presents error, do you recognize it?
When something is just a tiiiny bit off from the teaching of scripture, but they say they believe in Jesus as the only way to God, and they are using all the right buzz words and seem to be genuinely seeking, do you know error from truth?
When someone adds to the Word of God, do you see that as error?
When someone claims that some religious activity will bring you to a higher level of communication with God, or that abusing the body as penance will help you along as you seek God, do you believe that?
If someone sincerely believes something that is contrary to scripture, do you still believe he is wrong? Or is your truth based on whether you believe yourself to be sincere?
Today’s Christian family is in danger, because we live in a culture that does not believe in moral absolutes. In fact, our culture says “Whatever you believe is fine for you. Just as long as you are sincere.” Who do you think is propagating this lie? This is a very disturbing trend, and one that cannot be embraced by Christians.
When you think about Satan, do you think about a fun guy–a party animal? Someone who has been around and really knows the ropes? Or do you think liar? Perverter of what is right and good? Glory thief?
Did you know that Jesus told us that He was the Truth? And that His word is truth?
We live in a world where nobody believes in absolute truth. We are tolerant of anyone and anything, but we are not tolerant of anyone who claims that one religion is absolutle truth. It was the same in Jesus day.
“You are a king, then!” said Pilate.
Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.
“What is truth?” Pilate asked.
Jesus said,”I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me.”
And we need to know the truth about ourselves and about God. If we don’t know the truth, then we are believing lies. Without God’s truth shining into our lives, we have a skewed view of life and our purpose. Just like when you peek into a carnival mirror to see yourself but instead see a distortion. A misrepresentation of what you truly look like.
Do you see two women looking in the mirror or something else?
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the truth, and that satan is “a liar and the father of it.” (John 8:44.) Satan has been lying since the first days.
He tries to make us doubt God’s goodness.
He wants us to sin, not because he cares about us…but because sin is an affront to a thrice Holy God.
He lied about sin’s consequences and told Eve “You will not surely die.”
He lied about God’s motives and blamed God for being the shady one- “God knows that in the day you eat, you shall be as gods,” he slandered.
In other words, Satan was accusing God of having deceitful motives.
Satan tried to convince Eve that God was just trying to keep her down.
He maligned God, and told man to sin and that everything would be okay.
Does Satan ever whisper things like that to you?
“Oh, you need to be seen. Your story needs to be told.” “A little sin won’t hurt you. Everyone does it.” “God doesn’t expect anything from you…remember you are just dust.” “Your kids will be fine if they see that. They need to know about the REAL world.” “You don’t need accountability. You can run your own life.”
We need to see things the way God sees them, and not through the carnival mirror of Satan’s lies.
Jesus is the truth.
And if you want to see the truth about your sin, you don’t need a deep theological background or thorough biblical knowledge. You simply need to look at the cross. At the cross, we see the horror of our sin. We see what God thought of it.
Think of Christ as an effigy. “He was made in the likeness of flesh,” the Bible tells us. Have you ever seen people burning an effigy of a public figure in the Middle East on the news? They are pouring out their anger on the effigy, and that is exactly what they would do to the actual person if they could just get there hands on them.
Christ took our sin on himself, the Holy One who never, ever sinned. The brutal reality of the cross is the result of our sin. And the result was that God turned his back on Jesus. He turned his back on his one and only Son, because his Son was wearing our likeness(effigy) and took our sin.
When we look at Christ on the cross, we come to grips with the fact that satan has lied to us. Our sin is a big deal. And God does love us. He loves us right where we are…but He won’t leave us there. He wants us to change. Just like a mother who loves their baby just like they are, but is still going to change their soiled diaper, because it is better for her to be clean.
Satan wants us to believe the lie. He is counting on it.
“Left to ourselves, our guilty consciences only tell us that God is against us, that He is the God with a big stick. We see Him only as the One who sets the moral standards for us, most of them impossibly high, and therefore who cannot but censure us when we fail. There is nothing to draw us to a God like that. But the cross of the Lord Jesus shows us God as He really is. We see Him, not charging us with our sins, as we would have thought, but charging them to His son for our sakes.”- Hession
“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their sin unto them (2 Cor. 5:19)
“In the face of Jesus Christ, marred for us, we see that God is not against the sinner, but for him; that He is not the enemy but his Friend; that in Christ He has not set new and unattainable standard, but has come to offer forgiveness, peace and new life to those who have fallen down on every standard there is.”
“The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Christ Jesus.”
The question is not are you good, but are you telling yourself the truth? Are you seeing yourself and your sin as God sees it?
Jesus said unto them, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me.”
Ladies, we would be wise to guard our own hearts and homes from “deviant” teaching. And if you lack discernment, I have to tell you that I would turn off Christian radio, blogs, books, etc…and ONLY read God’s Word until you were grounded.
How about you? Are you listening to those lies? Are you spending more time worrying about earthly things instead of reading the Truth? Get reading, today!
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