The Bible says that Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 AMP). In fact, we give Satan more power over us when we choose to believe his lies.
To believe a lie is to be deceived. But here’s the thing—when people are deceived, they are not aware that they are deceived. They believe that what they think is true and they act accordingly. One of the most difficult tasks I have encountered in ministry is to try to convince someone who is deeply deceived that they are wrong about what they believe.
Let’s think for a moment about how this affects our lives. If we are unaware that Satan is a real threat and we do not know his character, he can easily deceive us and we can end up believing many things that are not true. These beliefs will keep us from enjoying the life that Jesus died for us to have.
What if you lived in poverty all of your life, and when you were ready to die someone told you that your grandparents had left you an inheritance and you had, in fact, been a millionaire for the past 40 years? You could have enjoyed a totally different life than you had. But since you didn’t know anything about the inheritance, you missed out on it even though it was yours all along.
This is what our lives are like when we believe Satan’s lies and do not know the truth of God’s Word! The spiritual and material riches of Christ’s inheritance are amazing, but we miss out on them because we lack knowledge of them.
Stop and ask yourself what lies you might be believing right now that are preventing you from entering into the fullness of the life Jesus wants you to have.
God’s Word is the antidote to Satan’s lies. It helps us to recognize the truth and expose the enemy’s attempts to deceive us. As we read, study and believe God’s Word, we begin to think as God wants us to think. It helps us to be in agreement with Him…and bring to pass His good plan and purpose for our lives.
And that’s the memo.
By Joyce Meyer