Its so easy to tell a lie – white or black depending on which school you went to I surmise.
God of course doesn’t tolerate lies of any sort – deception included – we can so easily fall into the trap of deceiving our friends and loved ones, letting them believe this or that when in actuality we are a completely different person on the inside to maybe what we have shown them on the outside.
So lies and deception, in my opinion, go hand in hand and as such is certainly not tolerated by our God and King.
All lies including deception need to be forgiven by Christ, then only through His amazing grace and the work of His Holy Spirit can we ever even HOPE to live and love as a true Christian, pleasing to God and obeying His commands.
Satan of course is the Father of lies – he loves to deceive and condemn us constantly and in perpetuum.
The thing is, we can fall for his lies over and over if we don’t keep on by faith basking and washing ourselves in the promises of God.
God is a loving and caring God. 1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has LAVISHED on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Notice the word LAVISHED – how awesome is that word! – Not a little bit not even a copious amount but God has LAVISHED His love to and on us.
His amazing love goes from everlasting to everlasting – why else would He have sent Jesus to die for us? Why not let us die in our sins hopeless, useless and worthless?
Yet, God loved us SO much that He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins. The only one good enough, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God – taking away the sins of the whole world.
We know this!- the Father’s love is boundless and free, yet so many of us believe the myth and the lie of Satan that we are simply not good enough for God!
If you are anything like me, sin comes so easily and so often. All it takes is the Tempters quiet little voice whispering sweet lies and deception in our ears for us to fall and if we do it often and repeatedly we will eventually believe his lies that we cannot be a Christian because of all this continual sin.
Jesus didn’t die and the Father doesn’t LAVISH His love on us for nothing! He didn’t do all of that just to maybe give us a six million to one shot of ‘squeezing’ into Heaven.
He also knows that we are so so weak and that we can fail so often. That’s exactly why His forgiveness is eternal and daily. We are weak and can hardly stand without Him yet we can be strong and steadfast but only by standing on His promises.
I wrote a blog recently titled “Deliberate Sin – Forgiven or Not?” Here is the link.
In it I have described my thoughts on sinning deliberately. Read it if you will.
I truly believe that Jesus died for ALL sin – those in our past, our present and future. BUT if we can deliberately sin and feel no remorse, or repentance, not asking for forgiveness, then I also believe that we have condemned ourselves and there really is no way back for us.
So here we have an amazing, loving God, LAVISHING His love on us. His is an intimate love, a sacrificial love that blows out of the water Satan’s lie of “I’m not good enough for God”.
God loves us no matter what we have done, who we have been with or whatever sins we have committed in our past, our present or in our future.
Thing is – we need to come to Christ, openly and honestly. He is not a Law Enforcement Officer wielding a big stick, forcing us to capitulate. He is loving, He is gracious and yes! He is also just.
So again I would reiterate that Satan is indeed the Father of lies and deception, he loves to throw our past at us, he loves to accuse us and tell us that we are no way worthy of a loving, holy and just Father. When we stumble and fall, which we all do, he loves to throw us the line “there you go again – How can God love you?”
So please take heart, we, none of us are perfect and we won’t be until that mighty day when Jesus comes again to take us to His perfect home.
Don’t “believe the Lie” – there is nothing that bad that we can’t bring to Christ – absolutely nothing.
God bless you this week as you come to terms with the unfailing and on-going love of God.
My prayer for you is that you bring your sins, failings and foibles to God, lay them all unwavering at His feet, trust in Him to forgive and forget them covered eternally by the saving blood of Jesus.
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