The Enemy of Truth

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The greatest strategy of the enemy is to distract you from God’s truth. When that happens, it keeps you from experiencing God’s presence and power in your life. When we commit to follow God and surrender to His will, then He fights on our behalf, we are not misled by Satan’s lies, and we can live victoriously! Listen as Dr. Evans powerfully explains the problem and solution to address The Enemy of Truth.

 

Today, we’re living in a world of confusion, Chaos and lies. We don’t know what the truth is. What’s up is down. What’s down is up, what’s right has become wrong. What’s wrong is deemed is right. And people need a sure place to go to learn the truth. God has given us a location for the truth and that is his apparent perfect word. That’s why we need to return the truth. Which means we need to return to the bible. The death of truth has led to a breakdown in the cultural immune system. They hated jesus because he was of the truth. If they are not taking me seriously, that’s because they don’t take truth seriously. We must adjust and be people of the truth. The whole truth. Nothing but the truth. So help. Ugh! God! The abandonment of truth is wreaking havoc in our world. As people abandon the truth in order to pursue a lie. That feels like the truth. But truth has an enemy. Truth has an enemy. We’re told this in John Chapter eight, Jesus says in verse 43 Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth. Because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature. For he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, You do not believe me. The bible says in Hebrews chapter six verse 18 by two unchangeable things. It is impossible for God to lie, Jesus says about Satan, there is no truth in him In Isaiah chapter 14, verses 12 14. It talks about the lies of Satan. It talks about the fact that his one goal is to build a kingdom that rivals God. It says, I will be like the most high. He wanted independence. He didn’t want to have to answer to a higher authority. When God created man, he created adam and he created adam and gave him the well known instruction in genesis two Verse 16. But the Lord commanded the man saying from any tree of the garden you may freely eat, but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you may not eat it for the day that you eat from it. You will surely die. And it’s a google tree that has good information in it. Bad information in it. In chapter three, satan shows up, he’s already there, but he shows up and he begins his process of deception, starting with adam and Eve. And at the root of his deception was his opening question in chapter three verse one half, God Said, Satan brings a thought to Eve’s mind a question mark and now she begins to question, because the thought is now rotating in her head. Please notice the thought did not come from her. The thought came from the devil but was introduced to her. He introduces his thought until it becomes her thought, satan’s strategy is to take his thinking and make it your thinking when he takes his thinking and makes it your thinking. It says she saw that the tree was good for food. It was a delight to the eyes and it could make one wise. So she eats of the fruit. Adam eats of the fruit and they lose fellowship with God because they’re removed from the garden. When this happens, their whole world collapsed. So you had collapse and ultimately physical collapse because you’re gonna die. And like in a football game, when Adam stepped off side, the whole team of the human race was penalized. See when a player jumps offside, it’s not just the player that’s penalized, the whole team has to go back because we are in Adam and then Adam all die. He wants to break our fellowship with God through the process of deception. That’s his goal. Knowing that God will separate and that he’s got you. Now he’s got you, you’ve got me and he’s had us all of us at various levels can testify at points in our lives whether mentally or physically or spiritually. He got you. Now satan has a problem. It’s got a challenge. He’s not omnipresent. So he has helpers called demons. These rogue angels called demons assist satan’s goal of deception. He has assigned a demon to you who has studied you. But what he wants to do is introduce to you something that will be consistent with what he knows, you’re apt to respond to these demons then create doctrines. He says there are deceitful spirits and demons that teach doctrine but notice it says he uses men who are seared in their conscious. So you got satan talking to demons and Demons talking to people and the demons, the people that the demons talk to talk to other people to teach them to teach them a doctrine is a teaching. He has a of course satan has a course. The demons are trained, they find people that they can train who can speak into your life lies. They have been educated and trained as deceivers he says and they deceive in a number of ways he says they deceived by denying you things that God says is okay. You know what Satan did in the garden, He got Eve to focus on the one tree she couldn’t have instead of all the mother tree she could, God said from every tree of the garden you may freely eat. But he got him focused on this tree in the middle that you can’t eat. You can’t you can’t you can’t you can’t you can’t how many people do. You know who have run away from Christianity because of all the negatives of what you can do. So they give doctrines and they give it about things that are are very legitimate. If you are enduring your christian life more than you’re enjoying it. You’re listening to demons. If you are enduring your christian life more than you are enjoying it, that means satan has got you duped and tricked and looking at the wrong thing. He got you looking at one thing and not the breath of things first, timothy 6 17 says that if God gives it to you to enjoy, you should enjoy. So satan wants to stare you and me away from the truth so that he can control the agenda of our lives. Now he wants to draw you from the truth. So you don’t have access to God as his goal. And why does he want to get you away from the truth. Let me tell you something that you need to know about you and me and in us. So I’m 139 verse 16. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance. That’s God creating life in the womb by the way. And in your book were all written the days that were ordained for me when as yet, there was not one of them, Number one, that verse canceled out abortion. Okay, you were aware of me when I was in the womb and what was in the womb Me. That’s personhood. Okay, that’s another subject for another day. But notice what he else he said about you about me. There’s a book, it’s a book with all your ordained days, Let me tell you what that means. God has written out his program and purpose for your life. It’s written in a book. You’ve got your own book with your own name on it. And that book with your name is designed to fulfill the ordained purpose of God for your life. That’s your book. It’s not my book. I got my book. You got your book. So what satan wants to do is remove you from the truth so that you don’t fulfill your book. So that’s the purpose plan of God for your book is not realized because you and I wondered from the truth. We discarded the truth partially or fully and were duped by the deception of satan revelation. Chapter 12 verse seven. There was a war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. So that spiritual warfare among angels called the angelic conflict, the dragon and his angels waged war. And they were not strong enough and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down the serpent of old who is called the devil and satan who deceives here’s our word, the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth. That’s where he does his business and his angels were thrown down with him. Those are the demons. And I heard a loud voice in heaven saying now watch this now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his christ have come watch this for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down. He who accuses them before God, day and night, Satan is called the accuser. This is a legal term. You must picture this as a courtroom. The bible is full of court scenes, full of court scenes. You find lawsuits, you find justice, you find judges, you find you’ve got you’ve got legal activity taking place in heaven, which is why we have it on earth. This is a courtroom, the prosecuting attorney. It’s satan he is bringing judgment against every believer when we sin. When we sin, he has evidence against us because we have disobeyed God giving him material he can use in court. Why does he go to court? He goes to court for the same reason of prosecuting attorney goes to court to condemn us and in order and the purpose of condemning us is to legitimize righteous judgment against us for our betrayal of God by believing his lie, which has led us in the sin. We don’t have time today. But you can see it worked out in Zachariah chapter three, the first seven verses Joshua was the high priest and he’s in court, he’s in court and satan is the accuser bringing accusation against Joshua. The high priest and it says in that passage that his clothes had to be changed because he was dirty. So satan had accusation against him. The accusation was true, which gave him prosecutorial rights. He did this against job. He accused job before God. So satan is there in order to bring condemnation legitimately for sins we have committed or is in our propensity now he is the accuser of the brethren. And since angels don’t need sleep, it says it’s day and night. So this is a 24 hour courtroom scene. So now come out of the spiritual realm for a moment and think about court. You’re in court now because this is legal. His goal in court is to bring judgment condemnation or keep God from intervening in your prayers, intervening in your circumstances, intervening in your church challenge. So that’s the scene verse 11 and they overcame him and they overcame him. Satan is the accuser, but he can be overcome concerning his accusations. Satan can be beaten in court. The bible says about jesus christ in john chapter two verse two that if any man says he doesn’t sin. Uh, the first couple verses, he says he’s a liar because we all sin, but it says, but we have an advocate. Remember we in court, the greek word advocate means lawyer, an advocate is a lawyer. We say that today talk about a lawyer being an advocate. It’s a legal term because we’re in God’s court now, okay, satan does not now beat you with power. He beats you with legislation. He takes you to court, He says, I’m gonna sue you because look at the infraction you committed but we have an advocate. We got a defense attorney and I like it. He says we have an advocate with the father and I like that. I like no one that my advocate is the judge’s son. So I got a little family thing working for me, jesus christ the righteous, they overcame him. The word overcome which is a favorite word of john is how it’s pronounced. That word overcome is used of both a state and a standing, a state meaning of legal position and a practical ramification. So legally we are over comers like saying legally I am married legally you are married if you’re married. Okay that’s a legal status. But we also know you can be legally married and personally miserable. So just because you have a legal status don’t mean that you have positive standing because you could be legal status but in perpetual conflict. When the defense attorney enters the room, he has the right to overcome the lawsuit that has been against you that’s breaking you with fellowship. God with God so that your book is not lived out in completion but he can be beaten in court. And in this courtroom there’s three things that beat him. In conclusion, he says in verse 11, they overcame him because of the blood of the lamb, the blood of jesus christ. That is his sacrificial death on the cross Is not a 2000 year old event. Only. We believe in a cross, not a crucifix. A crucifix is a cross with somebody still on it. Our savior is no longer on the cross. The Cross is a historical event with practical contemporary relevance. The constitution was written many years ago. It’s relevant today. You claim I know my rights, you claim what was written then for what it can do now the cross took place then. But it can get some stuff done. Now when you appeal to the sacrifice of jesus christ, there’s no better time to do that than communion when you appeal to his cross which paid the penalty for your sin. What you are saying to the accuser, that accusation has already been covered. That that accusation real as it is has already right now been paid for. You are appealing to something back then for its relevancy today. The second thing that will win you in the courtroom, he says, is the word of their testimony. The word testimony is a legal term in court. You testify. It is a legal term meaning that you are giving judicial witness, not based on what you see. Follow me here, but based on what God says. So you literally bring the courtroom to the courtroom and see some of us need to learn to have a bible study with the devil. See we haven’t if you only having bible studies with christians. You ain’t you ain’t using it. Remember when jesus was tempted in the wilderness and he had a bible study with the devil. He told the devil it is written, it is written, it is written. Now you can’t have a bible study if you don’t know what’s in the bible, see what you have to understand is satan is allergic to scripture. He has an allergy. You hit him with the word you go he’s allergic to scripture because he cannot handle God’s word, he can handle your word and he loves to hear you say I think and I feel because that word has absolutely no authority in his court. But when you bring his word the word of that testimony that is you give testimony When the 12 spies went in, what happened? 12 spies. Mhm. 10 came back and said we can’t beat him. Caleb came back and said yeah but God told us to go in there because we could beat them. See the majority not always right. What God says must be more important than what you see. They said they are giants in the land Caleb said. But what did God say? I see but what did he say? Because that’s evidence in this courtroom is it is the word of your testimony and that testimony is the testimony of God’s truth finally he says and they did not love their life. Even when faced with death that means that they were fully committed, fully surrendered. They were not casual christians part time Saints, Jesus has a huge fan club, he’s looking for some followers. He got a fan club And every Sunday four gathered in the stadiums because they want to see jesus on sunday. But all the fans in the stands, Jesus is looking for somebody getting on the field. They did not love their life even to death, it meant they were fully surrendered, fully committed. They weren’t part time christians, they were all in, we all fall short, we all fail, but we have an advocate, a lawyer and he knows how to handle the courtroom. When you appeal to the blood, when there is the word of your testimony and you give you give the judicial witness to God’s truth. When you are all in case dismissed, case dismissed. I am not suggesting that there won’t be battles with the devil. I am not suggesting that Satan is not gonna come after you. If you become a person of the truth, I am not suggesting that you won’t get bloodied thrown down, thrown against the ring punched flip, grabbed and abused. I am not suggesting that what I am suggesting is victory has already been predetermined and that you will come out more than a conqueror in, jesus christ who loved you and gave himself for you. Mhm. A lie is an enemy of the truth and satan is the father of lies. He originated lies and he has Children since he’s the father who perpetuate his lies. Because if he can deceive us and draws from the truth as God declares it to be, he can draw us away from God into error, into failure and into spiritual defeat. You can only overcome lies with the truth. So in every subject, find out what God has to say because with the truth, you wind up being set free with a lie. You wind up being in bondage. Satan can’t handle the truth. So give him and his Children, God’s perspective so you can live free.

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Tony Evans Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and...

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