Daily Bible Study with Purpose

šŸ”“ THE MULTIPLE COSTS OF LIES

John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. From the beginning, he was a murderer, 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.”Ā 

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When we tell one lie, we may as well get ready to say another one and yet another! We know who the father of lies is, and we know that Satan only comes to kill, steal, and destroy our relationship with God and with each other. Satan personifies deceit, and not only does he lie to us, but he never misses an opportunity to cause us to lie. When we doubt God, we create insecurity that causes fear, leading us to inflict our self-determination and our plan to succeed or overcome.
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We could learn lessons from Abram during the famine in Canaan to go to Egypt and lied that his wife Sarai was his sister (a half-truth because she was his father’s child). Abram was more concerned about his life rather than the honor of his wife. I suggest you read the rest of this story in Genesis 12:10-20. You could go back a little further and read in Genesis Chapter 3:1-7 about Satan’s deception with Eve and how she fell for Satan’s lies and Adam, who knew better but went along. It’s no doubt why “Do not lie” is one of the written commandments of God that we must obey.
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We can hold everything up to the truth of God’s Word. Challenge Satan by seeking the wisdom of the Lord.

Here are a few Scriptures to remind you of God’s Truth when combating the adversary’s schemes.

  • 1 John 3:18 instructs us, “Little children, let us not love in word talk but in deed and in truth.”
  • We can ask God Psalm 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you, I wait all day long.
  • John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  • Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Remember God never tires of our efforts to become more like Him.

Matthew 7:7-8Ā Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

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~Diana L.W. Coleman

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This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given PurposeĀ® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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