Tuesday, November 29, 2011

don't believe the lies



… the devil … He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

The poster above is from www.potsc.com (People of the Second Chance) and a series called “Label Lies”.  So many of us have believed the lies that have been told about us.  Someone said “you are no good” or “you will never amount to any thing” or “you are a corrupt ex-con”.  Those things might have been true at one time, but if you let God work in your life, those things will become lies.

Let me remind us that Satan is a liar.  As the verse above plainly says, it is the character of the devil, Satan, to be a liar and to tell lies.  He lies to us and to the world about God, and he lies to us about who we are and who we are about.

Meet Steve.  I first heard about this dude from his girlfriend who attends The Community Fellowship where I am pastor.  Steve was about to get out of prison, and we would meet him soon.  When he first walked in the door, he held his head low and most of the time looked down.  But things have changed in his life so much. 

Last year Steve began to volunteer full-time with the church and The Community Dream Center.  Since then we’ve been able to hire him part-time.  What inspires me and others more than anything is how God has changed this man and how Steve is now pouring his life into others.  I have listened to Steve speak honestly into the lives of several broken and hurting people.  Steve speaks as man who has “been there” and who is now a brand new man.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Steve was a “corrupt ex-con” but now is living as a man who has met God and is allowing God to remold and remake his life.  Steve and his girlfriend are now married and so blessed.  They have their issues and aren’t perfect.  But they are honest, and they are sharing their lives with others.

It is time for us to get honest and to stop believing the lies that Satan or anyone else says to us or about us.  Believe what God says.  Live it out.

I am so proud of Steve as my co-worker and friend.  There are greater days coming for all of us.  We are called to speak life into others as I have been doing for Steve and now he is doing for others!

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