“God sent me” | Father of lies
by You Have My Word
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, 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. (John 8:42-44)
Without saying too much, it’s clear that Jesus is speaking of Satan here. We stand in constant conflict between Father God and the Father of Lies. Which one do you love?
I’ve been challenged lately to examine what I say even if the truth sounds really stupid or hurts or gets in the way. Sometimes with things as simple as being asked for money by someone at a robot. If I genuinely don’t have cash with me, I will say so. Sometimes I do though and my wallet happens to be in the boot. Say so. Don’t just shake your head.
It may be in saying those things that you would leave out just to be polite in conversation. It may be telling your friends that you don’t actually want to go out. It may be confronting that person you’ve been avoiding for years. It could be anything.
The Father of Lies though is also in the business of lying to us about ourselves. Not good enough. Not pretty enough. Not strong enough. Worthless. Hopeless. Rejected. Pathetic. Choose not to believe those lies, because God has created you fearfully and wonderfully.
Beautiful. Good enough. Strong by grace. Hopefull. Valued. Treasured. Loved. Accepted.