What? Me? Believe a lie? Nonsense! Oh yes you do, if you won’t believe the truth.
God says that if you won’t believe the truth, you’ll open yourself up to the devil’s ways and believe his lies. This shouldn’t be.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 (KJV) 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
There are only two ways to think – the truth or a lie. If you won’t believe the truth, the only other thing out there is a lie. Which do you want?
Now, what do I mean about not liking the truth? Let me explain.
The Word of God has a lot to say about healing, deliverance, prosperity, faith, the Holy Spirit, etc. But, if you’ve been observing the Church-at-large, many Christians don’t really believe what God’s Word says regarding these subjects. For example:
The Word says:
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
The world, and many Christians, say that God doesn’t heal today. It’s all up to the medical profession. That’s not what God says.
Now, being a Christian, you agree that this is in the Bible but do you believe it to be true in your life? When you get attacked with a sickness, what do you do? Do you go to God’s Word to see what He has to say about your situation? Or do you go the way of the world? What is your “knee-jerk” reaction?
The Word says:
Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV) 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
Luke 6:38 (KJV) 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
The world says that when you give, you can just kiss that money good-bye. That’s not what God says. He says that when you give, it’s given back to you again.
What do you do when you’re faced with a financial situation that needs attention? Do you cry and bellyache to the Lord and then run to the world for its solution? Or do you do what God said and trust His faithfulness?
Do you tithe? Do you ever think about offerings? Offerings are not effective until you pay your tithes. Tithes are what you owe God; it’s His, not yours. Tithing affords you tithers’ rights and the Lord will rebuke the devourer so your stuff won’t be destroyed.
The Word says:
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
The world says we are powerless against evil spirits and therefore, medication is the way to go. Besides, aren’t all the demons over in the third world countries? No, no, no! Demons are right where people are and the born-again, Spirit-filled Christians are the ones who are empowered to deal with them, enforcing their defeat by Jesus.
What do you do when the enemy attacks? Do you run in terror or do you submit yourself to God and (you) resist the devil and he will flee? God never tells you to go around complaining to others how the devil is attacking you night and day. He tells you what to do and then you’re the one who has to do it. Jesus already defeated the devil and your job is to enforce that defeat by standing your ground on the Word and resisting him.
These are just some of the scriptures that show how people choose the world’s way of doing things instead of God’s way because they don’t like what He has to say about the situation. This is bad, bad, bad and won’t get you God’s results because you’re going contrary to His Word.
So what do you do? Make a quality decision from this day forth that God’s Word is your benchmark and final authority for everything you do. Always go to Him first, in faith, and see what He has to say and how He has instructed you to respond to your situation. His Word always works. You can count on it!
1 Kings 8:56b (KJV) 56 … there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.