Wednesday December 7, 2022
The Man of Lawlessness
…10and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. 11 For this reason God will send them a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie, 12in order that judgment may come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness.…
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.
Lie: It is all about you: No, life is not all about you. It is about pleasing our Father in heaven and doing His will. We all must make choices in our life. The understanding of the choices I made in my own life was like a hurricane to my soul for a long time because I was choosing to rebel against God, rather than obey Him. Oh what freedom comes when we choose to do things God’s way instead of our own.
Lie: A little overspending won’t hurt you. Oh yes, it surely can hurt you. “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave” (Proverbs 22:7 NAS). How many go out and spend way more than they can afford instead of waiting until they have the money to purchase what they want or need? We tell ourselves it is okay when it is not, and we lie to ourselves that it is a good deal, so we better do it now. Will there be no more good deals coming down the road when we have money to buy something we want? We allow ourselves to be tempted to buy things and we fall for that temptation so easily.
Lie: Morality, justice, honesty, and righteousness just are not as important as they used to be. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NAS). This is really a biggy. If God never changes and God does not change then someone or something is getting in our way of doing right, being moral, being just, being honest, and being righteous in this evil world. But who is whispering in our ears to believe the lies? (satan) and people just don’t get it or understand. God never changes…never! What God calls sins will still be sins, and no amount of law changing, lying, or deceptions will ever change the fact that God says what He means and means what He says. Stop buying into the lies for if you remain there your decision to keep doing wrong can cost you your eternity with God. Take care of this right now while you can. You choose to be moral, just, honest, and righteous.
Lie: Your words don’t matter. “And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6 NAS). Whoa! Every day I see and hear more and more regarding people and the evil things that come out of their mouth. People just seem to have no control of what comes out of their own mouth. This is out of control. Our government is out of control with the lies they tell, our schools re out of control with the brainwashing, our jobs are out of control with the woke crap they shove down our throat, the movies are out of control with the garbage they are spewing. Your words matter more than you realize, your actions matter more than you realize, and the garbage talk is out of control. Can you watch or listen to anything that tells the truth, doesn’t curse, doesn’t tell you what you should believe because they are right and now you are wrong for wanting to follow God and do what is right in His eyes. People just follow along anymore so they don’t offend anyone, nor will they have to defend what is right. Even our own mouth spews anger, hate, and ungodly thoughts and deeds…it is time to stop this insanity.
Lie: We can do whatever the heck we want to it, after all we live in a free country don’t, we? Yes, and no! “There are six things which the Lord hates… Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers” (Proverbs 6:17-19 NAS). So what does that mean anyway? God hates…read that above again…God hates! What? People thinking, they are better and more important than another person is, liars, those that shed innocent blood (murderers), those that devise wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, people that bear false witness, those that utter lies, and those that spread strife amount brothers. All of us sin and have sinned and if you say you haven’t you just lied. God wants to transform our life into a good life inside us here on earth and perfection when we get to heaven, but the habitual patterns of our life right now while we are on this earth says a lot about us and to whom we identify as belonging to. Going to church doesn’t save you but knowing Jesus personally and that He is your Lord and Savior does. Even in a free society on this earth if it were really free…there are still laws that we must do or we face the consequences for not doing them. However, if someone were to tell me I had to do something against what God says is wrong…I must make that choice and I sure hope I make the right one and do what is right in God’s eyes even if I must pay a consequence for it while on this earth.
Lie: A good job and money make one happy. No, it doesn’t. Oh, you can buy things that is a given, but money doesn’t make you right with God and doesn’t make your soul happy…unless you are doing God’s will with what you were blessed with. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity” (Proverbs 2:6-7 NAS). Do you want money or do you want integrity? All the money in the world can be taken in an instant from you. Just look around at the so-called big shots out there that have lost billions… overnight. They had the money, but many of them had no integrity. Your integrity matters and it really matters to God. Would you rather be rich, famous, and in luxury here while on earth, or would you rather have integrity that lasts an eternity? You won’t take one earthly possession with you when you leave this earth. Be wise here in your choice on this matter.
Lie: What you feed your brain (tv, music etc.) doesn’t matter its just stuff. Yes, what we feed our brain does matter. I can’t speak for you but when I am watching something that offends God in some way…it really does bother my soul. “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worth of praise, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NAS). It is getting more and more difficult to watch anything out there. People are being bombarded with garbage and lies and seems no matter what you turn on to watch, a show, a movie, a commercial, social media, you see gays kissing, murders, rapes, violence, foul mouth people who take God’s name in vain or think they must toss out the f-word a hundred times. And the woke garbage that is all around us…they tell us we must go along with it all or we somehow become the enemy. I’d rather be the world’s enemy than God’s. God is grieved by the garbage going on in this world, but the world doesn’t care, does it? Garbage in brings garbage out. What you hear and see is not good for your soul. But other than not watching or hearing anything…what can you do to get away from it? What we feed our eyes, ears, and do in life matters to God. And one last thing here…the games our kids watch are violent. What they listen to can be quite evil, where they go, who they hang out with, what they do with each other, what they see on all their smart gadgets…God knows. Most parents don’t know…but God does, but the parents, in many cases don’t care what their kids see because all the kids are doing it…and that will never make it right. Our kids are being brainwashed in school from day care throughout college and no one stops it.
Lie: You can’t discipline your kids. Yes, you can and should discipline your kids. “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15 NAS). All the time when I am out and about, I see parents that allow their kids to walk all over them and they do and say not a heck of a lot. If we don’t teach our children to behave and have morals and integrity in life, what are we aiming them to become?
Lie: You don’t need to study the word of God to be a Christian. Yes, you do. How will you know your not being lied to if you just go by what people tell you and not what is truth? “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 NAS). How can you accurately handle the word of God if you don’t really know what it says? Let’s say for a moment that you are in love. Your boyfriend or spouse goes away to war and writes you. If you don’t open his letter how will you know what he wants to say to you? You might think you know, but you don’t really know. Well, God’s word is way more than that. God wants to transform your life and give you a way to heaven. Don’t go by what others say as absolute truth (for they add opinion or some change it to suit themselves). You go directly into the bible and study so you know if someone is not telling the truth. Don’t get me wrong here….there are great pastors/teachers out there that teach God’s word. However, so you know if true or not…study!
Lie: Loving others is not important! Yes, it is. “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious; anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10 NAS). Jesus loved us enough to hang on the cross and put our sins on Himself. He suffered and died for you and me. “To love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” Loving others does not mean that you go along or approve of them doing wrong, nor does it mean that you will go along with them and do what they do wrong.
What are you in denial about? We go through this life and many times self-deceive even ourselves. Why? Because we have a lot of false beliefs. Remember, we are bombarded with lies everywhere we turn especially currently.
Lie: We get good feedback. No, we don’t. We are bombarded with negative feedback, lies, deceptions, hate, and anger, Many go along in life being ignorant to the truth and think what they hear is the truth without searching it out to find out, and they are like living in this bubble that ignorance is somehow bliss. It isn’t.
Lie: If we deny the truth all will be okay. No, it won’t. It will still be a lie and all you are doing is denying the truth. It is like a drug addict, or alcoholic, sex offender, etc… can somehow control these things and if they deny what is wrong it will just somehow disappear. It won’t. We put up protective barriers in our life around what is wrong so we think it is okay and that no one will ever get hurt. They will. We need to truly deal with whatever our problem is get help for it.
Lie: It is okay to think we are better than others. No, it is not. No one is better than anyone else and no one should think they are. Do you think you are because you have more money, better job, possessions, where you were born, the color of your skin, what country you were from, who your parents are? You are not more important than anyone else. We are all equal in the eyes of God.
Lie: Do you degrade yourself thinking you are not good enough? It is a lie. You have more ability in things than you know you do. You might not know everything about something, but you know more than you know. You can learn things for which you don’t know. Just keep hanging in there and learning whatever you can.
Lie: You are not good enough. Yes, you are. You might not be rich or famous by the eyes of mankind, but in God’s eyes you are someone very special. Just because someone has more doesn’t make them a good person or one of integrity.
Lie: Picking and choosing what you believe is good. No, it is not. Just because you pick and choose something doesn’t make it true. Lies are all around us and people want to believe what they want to believe while many turn down the truth because they don’t want to deal with the truth which would mean they would need to change something in their life. It is like the bible people want to pick something and take it all out of context so they can say God said something for which He didn’t.
Okay, these are just a few things people lie to themselves about. There are so many more. Do you lie to yourself? Why? If we only thought about the why we do something we could come up with a solution to fix the situation in our life. But first………Pray. Pray about everything. God is truly there for you. We can trust God always.
Now, may the Lord bless you, keep you, protect you, help you get your life back together again if it is off track. May He heal your body or that of a loved one, help you with your finances (not your greed), and may He help you everyday of your life’s journey.
God bless you!