IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: SATAN’S NATIVE LANGUAGE
COMPILED EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. 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 lies.”
Seems odd that ‘murder’ is inserted into a passage that deals extensively with the devil as a liar. Satan’s ultimate goal for every lie he tells is your death . . . your destruction.
Be self–controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1st Peter 5:8
Mark Twain said, “The difference between a person who tells the truth and one who tells a lie is that the liar has to have a better memory.”
Lying is popular today. That’s because we have believed the devil’s lie that truth doesn’t really matter. In fact, Satan has convinced many people that there is no such thing as absolute truth, so there can be no absolute lie either.
Satan’s dedication to lying is complete.
His dedication to untruth is a lethal weapon he wants to use on us.
The devil is incapable of telling the truth – unless he can tell a partial – truth to corrupt the whole truth, or twist the truth to his nefarious purposes.
He twisted the truth when talking to Eve, as Genesis 3:1–5 clearly shows. Satan said, in essence, “If you know good and evil, you’ll be equal to God.”
That’s like saying, “If you drink gasoline, you’ll be a car!” Satan twisted the truth, and so enslaved humanity from that day to this
The devil is ‘the father of lies’
In other words, satan is the chief liar, worse than everyone else; he is the true source of all lying. His lies have the power to corrupt and ruin lives.
Only when we recognize satan’s lies and counteract them with God’s truth can we succeed in overcoming the awful effect of demonic untruth.
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
A watch that cannot be depended upon is of very little use. It may have a beautiful gold case, it may be sparkling with jewels, but yet it will be of no service to me as a watch unless I can depend on what it tells me about the time. And so one of the things by which we judge of the real value and worth of men or women, of boys or girls, is this — Are they truthful? Do they mean what they say? Are they really what they seem to be? If so, then they are like a watch that keeps good time. But one of the effects of sin on our hearts has been to take away from them the love of the truth, and to incline them to lying.
I. THE DISGRACE WHICH ATTENDS LYING.
- It should make little difference to us what wicked men consider to be disgraceful. But if anything will bring shame and disgrace to us, in the opinion of God and of good men, then we should be very careful not to do that thing, whatever it may be. But there is nothing that will do this sooner than lying (Proverbs 6:17; Proverbs 12:22).
- It is always disgraceful to follow the example of a very wicked person. But we know that Satan is the most wicked person in this world, or in any other. He is “the father of lies” (John 8:44). When we tell lies, we prove ourselves to be the children of Satan. And there cannot be a greater disgrace in the world than to be closely related to such a person, and to have it proved that he is our father. But liars are not only the children of Satan; they are his servants also (Acts 5:8). Lying is Satan’s work. And when we engage in lying, we let our hearts become Satan’s workshop.
- In some parts of India, if any person is proved to be a liar, he receives the penalty of the law, which requires that his mouth be sewed up. The offender has his hands tied behind him. He is led out to a post in a public place, to which he is tied, and one of the officers of the government, appointed for that purpose, sews up his lips with a needle and thread. Then he is allowed to go. And every one who sees his closed lips, and the blood flowing from them, can say to himself, “There goes a liar!” What a disgrace that sewed-up mouth would be to a man! David tells us that “the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped” (Psalm 63:11); Solomon tells us that “a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Proverbs 12:19); and in another place David says that “lying lips shall be put to silence” (Psalm 31:18). We are not told how God will do this; but we may be very sure it will be in some way that will fasten shame and disgrace on those who have not prayed earnestly, as David did, in the language of our text, “Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips.”
II. THE INJURY THAT IT DOES.
- The first sin ever committed in our world was a lie. It was in the Garden of Eden. Satan was tempting Eve to break God’s commandment. He did it by telling her a lie, and getting her to believe it. And now it is impossible for anybody to count up all the injury that has been done by that sin. That one sin was like poisoning a fountain, and then all the water that flows from it is poisoned too.
- And when we tell a lie now, we never can tell where the injury that springs from it will stop. It is just like loosening a great rock at the top of a mountain, and letting it go rolling and plunging down the side of the mountain. Nobody can tell how far it will go, nor how much injury it will do before it stops rolling. Telling a lie is like letting a wild beast out of a cage. You can never tell how many people that animal will wound or kill before he is caught again. Telling a lie is like dropping sparks in powder. It is sure to make an explosion, and no one can tell beforehand how much harm that will do. Telling a lie is like going out from the plain beaten path into a tangled wood. You can never tell how long it will take you, or how much you must suffer, before you get back again.
III THE PUNISHMENT THAT FOLLOWS IT (Proverbs 19:9; Revelation 21:27, 28). But it is not only after death that punishment follows lying. The Bible shows Us how God often punishes people for lying even in this life. There we see Gehazi telling a lie, and the very same day on which he told it brought the punishment. And then we read about Ananias and Sapphira. They agreed together to tell a deliberate, dreadful lie; and they were both struck dead with that lie upon their lips.
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