I am not about to tackle this topic in-depth because I do not have the knowledge to do it. But I came across an apportionment of Scripture to this effect and thought I’d share with you the following:
John 8: 42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
Christ was speaking, at the time, to the men who wanted Him to stone an adulterous woman. Do you remember the story? He asked who should cast the first stone – because that person would have to be without sin. He was stooped, drawing in the sand, and was not looking at them. But when He did look up, He was all alone with the woman.
Apparently, these men sought Him out later and He had this to say to them – that they could not understand His message – the Gospel – because they were “of the devil.” Yes, satan is indeed the father of lies!
I’m not getting into the whys of it. You know why. It isn’t because you’re bad – it’s because he is! So why do we believe the lies of satan?
Because he attacks us at the most tender, hurtful, feeble places – our hearts and our minds. If you don’t know by now just how susceptible our minds are, you gotta do your research. Our minds can adjust to just about anything and when you couple that with a lack of faith, doubts about the Godhead, our own natural, human weaknesses, and the suffering and pain of life, voila! The slimy deeds of satan have fertile ground to take root.
Y’all, all the bad stuff we feel comes from the father of lies! Christ, God – the Spirit – they do not come to harm us. They come to heal us. There is a BIG difference between conviction – the goodness of God – and shame, guilt, and self-loathing – the freaking words of the damn devil. I’m not gonna apologize for that word – if it were up to me, God would send him straight back to hell where he belongs. So if I use a curse word, the one thing I’d used it against would be satan. He is damned! He has no place in the light. He is darkness.
Life is life. Bad things happen. Are every one of those instances of satan? Nope. Sometimes God puts us through trial to strengthen us. If you believe that we are here for the sole purpose of leading others to Christ, then how do you think you’re gonna do that if you’re not a pastor, say? Do you think your sheer example will always do the trick? Or do you know that the suffering and pain you have endured has made you a creditable person to someone going through the same thing? A person who has zero hope?
Good things happen, too. They happen a whole lot more frequently when we get out of our own way. That’s not possible when we are letting the lies of satan determine our choices. Our lives. You can’t be a blessing to others – you can’t gain their consistent trust – if you aren’t living in the light of God. HE IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life!