By now, you’ve likely figured out I’m talking about the devil. Chances are you’ve fallen for some of his lies yourself. And you may have knowingly or unknowingly helped him out by perpetuating some of them, maybe in your own life and quite possibly in the lives of others. So what’s the big deal, then, about taking a lie detector test – daily? It’s simple. For those of us like myself who keep falling for his lies, I need to take the ultimate lie detector test – daily – to figure out what, if any, lies I’m believing. Then, once the test determines which lies I have been believing, I need to get rid of them. Undoubtedly, I need to do a much better job of committing, and remembering, to take the test. And I need to do a much better job of getting rid of the lies once the test reveals them. Now there’s some truth for you, speaking of lies! So what then is the ultimate lie detector test?
The Bible is the ultimate lie detector test. Satan is the ultimate liar, and the Bible is the ultimate Truth. Only by measuring stuff against the Bible can we figure out what is Truth and what are lies. The trouble for people like me is that every time I think I’ve just purged myself of all the lies I was believing, I find myself believing lies all over again. Do you seriously think the devil is going to give up trying to deceive us, especially those of us who are relentlessly, passionately, unabashedly in pursuit of God? Of course not. That’s why I really need to take the ultimate lie detector test daily. The Bible tells us we need to guard our hearts, but I confess I don’t do nearly as good a job at this as I need to. All too often, I find myself distracted, deceived, lazy, weary, sidetracked, anything at all but vigilant with guarding my heart as I allow the devil to make yet another inroad with one of his lies – or bunches of them, as he has been known to do.
So how exactly does the ultimate lie detector test work? Let me give you an example. Sadly, I seem to walk around believing Satan’s lies way too often. So coming up with an example is not hard in the least. Here’s the first example that comes to mind. One thing I struggle with sometimes is thinking that God doesn’t care about me. I look at some of my circumstances and start to think God can’t possibly care about me. Once I start thinking that, I’m off to the races with all the other negative self-defeating thoughts that go along with that one. So how does the ultimate lie detector test work? I need to take what I am believing and see if it lines up with the Word of God, the Bible. If what I believe lines up with God’s Word, then it’s true. If it goes against the Word of God, it is a lie. And, not only is it a lie, but I need to cast it down and take it captive. Take it captive? Yes, I need to make it line up with God’s Word. In other words, I need to get rid of the lie and replace it with God’s Truth. So here is how that works with my example.
* BELIEF: God doesn’t care about me
* TRUTH OR LIE?
* THE BIBLE: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 KJV
* ANSWER: LIE
* TRUTH: God cares about me because His Word says so!
I wish I could say this is the only lie of the devil’s with which I have struggled. But it’s not. I struggle with plenty of lies. And unless I’m vigilant, studying His Word daily, thinking on His Word, and measuring what I think, feel, see, and hear against God’s Word, and then getting rid of the lies, I am prone to going right back into the bondage of Satan’s lies. The truth? I struggle with this daily. It’s been a long road to get where I am, which is such a far cry from where I was. But I still have a long way to go. Wouldn’t it be great to write about the ultimate lie detector test from the standpoint of being an expert? Sure. But I am not. I am merely an ordinary, plain and simple follower of Jesus Christ who needs to do a much better job of of using the ultimate lie detector test. How about you?
” “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.” John 8:44 NASB
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;…” 2 Cor. 10:5 NASB
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 KJV