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.
John 8:44, English Standard Version
Jesus told those who opposed Him that they are murderers and liars just like their “spiritual father”, Satan himself, who from the beginning has been the enemy of the truth. Even though Satan has been defeated by Jesus on the cross, he still finds opportunities to wage war against the saints and engage the world to tempt and distract God’s people from what truly matters (1 John 2:15-17). For example, the Apostle Paul talks of being tormented by a messenger of Satan to stop him from boasting what he had seen and accomplished through the power of the gospel.
If you are not careful, Satan’s lies can seemingly steal away what is yours in Christ. Although, in actual sense, the devil can’t, he would make you think that he could. Paul tells us that Satan masquerades himself as “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). In other words, he disguises his true nature and intention behind a benign appearance. Like what he did with Adam and Eve, Satan will try to deceive you and make you think his way is much better and much more enticing than God’s desire.
Satan can use your emotions to change or distort your faith and Satan can plant thoughts into your mind that take away the confidence of your victorious life in Christ. He can even manipulate and use others to inflict such grief and oppression on you until you become overwhelmed by the confusion and uncertainty.
The best way to recognise Satan’s accusing lies is to listen to the truth of who God says you are, rather than how you feel about it. It is only by feeding on the truth as found in the gospel that you can renounce and resist Satan’s lies and schemes.
In contrast, God is your perfectly loving Father and there is nothing deceitful or inconsistent in Him (James 1:17). The more you are drawn to God, the less Satan can influence you with his misleading attacks. Learn to keep your identity in Christ safe and secure by rooting your faith and hope in the truth of what God has provided through Christ.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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