Looking at the Liar

From the LYWB.com Team: An updated version of Lies Young Women Believe (the book that launched this blog!) recently released. To celebrate, we’re passing along five days of devos taken from the pages of the book. (It’s like getting some of the book’s very best content delivered to your screen for free!) Be sure to hop back on the blog tomorrow for more wisdom from the pages of the new Lies Young Women Believe.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The Bible tells us that Satan poses as an “angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). Ezekiel 28 tells the story of how he asserted his claim to be like God. He is the Impostor. And his motives are malicious through and through, as Jesus Himself pointed out:

“The devil . . . was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Satan’s native language is lying. He speaks through different mouthpieces, sometimes using evil rulers, false religions, social media, Netflix, popular songs, or even friends to deceive us. But all lies originate with him.

Satan’s Ultimate Goal

Why does Satan lie to us? John 10:10, which refers to Satan as the thief, suggests that his ultimate goal is our destruction. The ultimate fruit of his lies is death. We begin to experience the results of this “death” before our hearts stop beating. Look at God’s words to the first man:

“Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

What did God mean when He said they would die on the day they ate of the forbidden fruit? Eve clearly didn’t die physically the day she first sinned. However, the moment she took a bite of that fruit, she did die spiritually—she was separated from God, who is Life (John 1:4).

The Tree of Life was now off-limits, and she was banished from paradise. She would now be a slave to her own sinful, selfish desires and choices. She would bear the consequences of living in a fallen, broken world rather than enjoying the eternal pleasure of life in Paradise. She and her husband would have to endure pain and hardship as they fulfilled their basic responsibilities related to family and work. With each passing year this hardship would take its toll on their bodies, and they would eventually experience physical death.

What a vivid picture this is for us.

The Walking Dead

The moment we believe and act on a lie, as Eve did, we begin to experience consequences. We become increasingly enslaved to false, destructive ways of thinking and living. This may show up with symptoms like on-going depression, unreasonable stress, or an overwhelming sense that you don’t have any friends. Satan’s ultimate goal is our destruction and death. Not just physical death some day in the future. He’d like to make you a part of his walking dead on this earth, not free to enjoy God and life as He created you to live it. You see, zombies are more than the bad guys in scary movies or on Netflix. Walking around enslaved to fear and death is a very real lifestyle for many.

There is good news. Jesus came to give you life, and He wants you to have it to the full. Let us help you experience joy, contentment, passion, energy, and life the way God designed.

It’s Your Turn

What specific lies has Satan told you individually?

What are the biggest lies you see him telling your friends? What is the result?

Leave us a comment below with your answers.

And keep reading the blog all week for more wisdom from Lies Young Women Believe, written by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth and Dannah Gresh.

About Author

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh is completely in love with her chocolate labradoodle, Stormie. (But just for the record, she doesn't like dog kisses.) She's been married to Bob for over twenty years and loves that he brings her "freshly sharpened bouquets of pencils." She's the mom to Lexi, Autumn, and Rob. Oh, and she co-wrote Lies Young Women Believe with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth!

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  • Rachel Carpenter

    Hey, LYWB team, I was wondering if maybe you guys could start a series about seasons of transition pretty soon. I am a senior looking at graduation and I would love an inflow of advice and encouragement from your site about that topic.

  • J

    That lie about not having friends really gets to me sometimes. But who needs friends anyway when you have Jesus?

  • ChristIlove

    I was in a class with the most popular girl in school and got really close to her but now I am not and I feel left out.

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      Oh, sweet friend…Jesus created us relational. We are all designed to grow best within loving relationships.

      Asking Jesus with you today to show you someone who you can reach out to in friendship.

      Grace and peace,

  • rachel

    Biggest lie is that righteousness is hard. Life is hard. Sin is harder.