The devil is a liar. There. I said it. I just need to get that out of my system. And this enemy of our souls works overtime to keep people from knowing the goodness and benevolence God gives us through what Jesus Christ did for the whole world.
His first strategy is to keep people from seeing the truth of the cross. Then when we receive Jesus his lying strategy changes. Now he sees people as a threat and wants to keep Christians from fulfilling their purpose on the earth. I see this playing out in two different ways:
Strategy #1. Now I’m a Christian. I’m saved. God loves me. I am forgiven. His grace is mine and it doesn’t matter how I live because no matter what I do God loves me. That is partially true. The part that is not true is the “it doesn’t matter how I live” part. It matters how you live. It is God’s grace that saved you but it was your faith that made it a reality. The scripture tells us clearly that you WILL reap what you sow. (Galatians 6:7)
Strategy #2. Now I’m a Christian. I’m saved. God loves me. I’m on my way to heaven. But there is something missing in me. I’ve gone through things that I just can’t seem to get over. I’ve been hurt. I’m flawed. There are just some things on this side of heaven that I will never have.
Listen. The devil constantly hammers people by telling them there is something missing in them. But what does the Bible say about that?
Colossians 2:9 (NLT) For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Let me break this down. First it says that Jesus, in his human body, contained all the fullness of God. In a nutshell, no man was big enough to lead us out of the sin that Adam got us all in. It took a man filled with God and becoming a human to die in our stead to get it done.
What he did in his human body caused him to receive the fullness of God. And, listen carefully, he took everything that he earned in his death and resurrection and turned around and gave it, in its fullness, to anyone who would receive it. And now, because of our believing and being joined to him, we are made complete. (Verse 10). Some of the definitions of that word complete are “filled to the brim”, “filled to the full so that nothing is wanting”, “liberally supplied.”
The devil is lying to you when he tells you something is missing. The key phrase is “in Christ.” You were made whole in Him spiritually when you made Jesus your Lord. He lives in your spirit with all the fullness of the godhead bodily. You just have to get that truth from your recreated spirit into your mind.
How do you do that? You have to make the truth bigger than the lie. When I was a new believer the Lord called me into ministry. I knew that was his destiny for my life, but I had a hard time seeing myself as a preacher. I was terrified to get up in front of people to speak.
One night at our church a man came to minister who was very prophetic. The way he operated would be to call people out of the crowd and give them scriptures. I think he must have practically memorized the Bible. He knew so many scriptures. He called me out and gave me 5 verses. They all had to do with me making a commitment to God’s Word. I’ll list 2 of them:
Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Nehemiah 8:8 (NLT) They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage.
That night changed my life forever. I knew if I was going to do what I was called to do I had to get God’s Word inside my heart. I made a commitment to reading and learning the Bible. I began to memorize scripture on index cards. The word of God began to slowly come alive inside me. It didn’t happen overnight, but confidence came and a guy who was terrified to get in front of a crowd has preached for 40 years, first on a kids TV show then traveling to churches all over America and different parts of the world.
You may not be called to preach, but you’re called to something. Your destiny is in you, but it can’t come out in its fullness until you get the Word of God in you stronger than the lie that the devil keeps selling you. The devil is a liar. What is he lying to you about? The fullness is in you. The Word that you put in you will make the difference in getting the fullness out.
Trudi and I continue to travel, minister in our church in Oklahoma City, and provide teaching on the web to fulfill this commission. Thank you partners. The Word of God is always the answer.
Have a blessed March,
Ken and Trudi