Taken from “War of Words” by Paul David Tripp
Embedded in the Deceiver’s tempting message are four subtle lies. They seem to offer life, but accepting them leads to death. Each lie is meant to move us away from the very thing for which we were created, a life of love and submission to the Creator. Let’s consider these four subtle but pervasive lies:
- Physical things are permanent – the Bible tells us so many times in so many ways that the world is passing away (2 Cor 4:16, 1 John 2:17, Psalm 73:18-20, Luke 12:33) yet Satan tries to convince you that this world is all you need to live for.
- Physical things are the only things – Sinners try to make the creation out to be God and give it more significance than the One who made it. They tend to forsake the pursuit of the unseen God for the amassing of personal possessions. The person who believes this lie is a fool (Luke 12:20)
- Human success is defined by the amount of physical things you have – we often look to the rich and dream we could change places. Who among us has not wanted to peek through the gates to see how the rich live? Yet Scripture says “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? (Matt 16:26) “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions (Luke 12:15) Instead human success should be defined as (1) loving God above all else (2) love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40)
- Life is found in physical things – the lie of lies, that somehow someway life can be found outside a relationship with God.
It can be so easy to buy into these lies and to think you can find life in physical things, human acceptance, and position. Do not buy into the lies.