John 8:42-44 is our text.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Now I want to turn to John 10:10. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Satan's mission on earth is to steal, kill and destroy. Jesus' mission is life. Satan has taken aim at everyone here. His design is to steal, kill and destroy. He will:
Lie To Us Discourage Us
Try To Steal From Us
Blind Us To The Will Of God For Us
He wants to steal young people's innocense, destroy marriages and homes, rob us of our finances, and there is an alarming complacency among Christians.
If you think you have grown too strong for the enemy to attack then you are on dangerous ground.
My subject is what will you have lies or life?
We are all going to have opportunities to choose one or the other: To take hold of the abundant life that God has prepared for us or to listen to and believe the lies of the devil.
Jesus has abundant life. Satan has abundant lies.
Jesus says in John 10:10, "Don't get me mixed up with the thief. I didn't come to steal from you. I didn't come to kill or to destroy. I came to give and to give life, not just here and now, but for all eternity to come." (Lickskillet translation)
The devil is a liar. He is lying to people everywhere.
He is telling them there is no hell or heaven.
He is telling them just live any way you like.
He is telling young people, "Just have your fun. It doesn't matter." But when they are dying from the fun they had, he laughs at them.
We travel the highways preaching and put messages on the internet, because we want people to know the Truth. The devil is a liar, a thief, and a killer, and Jesus is alive and He still saves, heals, and delivers.
You don't have to settle for the devil's lies. You can have life in Jesus.
If you turn to the book of Genesis, right there in the beginning, you'll find this whole mess started with a lie of the devil. He told Eve, "Thou shalt not surely die." God told them the truth about that tree, but Eve chose to believe a lie. Satan didn't force Eve. He talked her into it.
It is still happening today, not just to the lost, but to Christian people. Satan lies to them, steals from them, destroys lives and homes and tells them God did it.
I heard a man talking about a bullfight. That bull would run at the red cape and the man would stick a sword in the bull. The bull would charge the cape again, and the man would put another sword in the bull. A person sitting in the stands said, "If that bull would ever figure out where those swords were coming from, that man would be in a lot of trouble."
Friend, before we blame God for our trouble, maybe we should find out who is sticking us.
1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Listen to me, Christians, there is a real enemy afoot. He has come to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus has given us authority in His name to cast him out (Mark 16:17). He has given us spiritual weapons that are not carnal, but might through God to the pulling down of strongholds (II Corninthians 10:4). He has given us His armor (Ephesians 6:11)and filled us with His Spirit. Our God has equipped us for victory and life. He has raised us up to sit in heavenly places with Him.
But friends, you can't just roll over and play dead where the devil is concerned. We can't hide our head in the sand and think he will pass us by.
The thief has come to steal your husband, your wife, your job, your health, and your happiness.
He has come with a bag of lies.
He tells people to just live together and don't get married.
Homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle.
Live a good life and you'll be alright.
You don't need church just stay home.
God doesn't need your tithe money.
Money will solve your problems.
There is no hell.
These are just a few of his lies.
I am telling you this today and I am telling you the truth.
Lies or life. You have to make a choice.
You know, the church is made fun of today. It's not respected like it was when I was young. Turn on the TV and you can hear jokes being made about Christians and about Jesus. But one day everyone will know the truth.
Jesus taught about a rich man who faired sumptuously every day. He had no compassion for others and one day he died.
One day we are all going to die: The mocker, the scoffer, and the joker are all going to die. And at that moment they will know the truth, but it will be too late to choose the truth.
That rich man died and when he lifted up his eyes he was in hell. He knew the truth, but it was too late. He could not get out. He couldn't go back and warn his 5 brothers. He had listened to the lies, but now he knew the truth.
In Acts 10:38 the Bible says that God anointed Jesus with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him.
So all those people He healed were made sick by whom?
I am trying to stand along the road to hell today and warn someone; a mom, a dad, a child, a brother, a sister that there is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain, and that you can have lies or life.
Don't blame God for the trouble in your life. Call on God to help you out of it.
David said in Psalms 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
II Samuel 22:4 I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Has the devil lied to you and told you the Lord doesn't care for you anymore? That's not what the Word says.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Abundant lies of the devil or abundant life in Jesus. What will you choose today?
Jesus is not the thief. He is:
The Way, The Truth, The Life,
The Friend That Sticks Closer Than A Brother,
The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father,
The Name Above Every Name, and He is on your side making intercession on your behalf.
Will you choose Him?
Satan is a thief that will not only steal what you have, he will also try to keep you from receiving all God has for you in the future.
Jesus has come to give you a future.
ABUNDANT LIES OR ABUNDANT LIFE?