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John 8:44 - He (satan) 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.

Revelation 12:9 – the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

Ephesians 6:10-11 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

2 Timothy 3:13-15 – But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from Whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Any hockey fan loves to watch a skilled player make a beautiful move. Whether Pavel Datsyuk or Evgeni Malkin we watch in awe as they pull the puck through the defenders legs as they’re going the wrong direction or have the goalie completely out of the net for an easy goal. The highlights are not as fun to watch for the defender or the goalie. ‘Be careful lest you wind up on the wrong side of a highlight reel’, right? The term ‘deke’ comes from the word ‘decoy’, presenting something false and trying to get someone to believe it’s true. In hockey, an opponent will use a deke to get someone out of position on the ice, in life we have an opponent who is constantly presenting us with something false hoping we’ll believe it to be true, using a ‘deke’ to get us out of position with God.

Our opponent is pretty good at ‘deking’. There is no truth in him, he is the father of lies, and the whole world is under his deception (John 8:44, Revelation 12:9). In the world are evil men and imposters who proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). There are those who exchange the truth of God for a lie and give hearty approval to those who do it with them (Romans 1:25,32). However, just like a good defender is aware of what the his opponent might bring at him, so we are not unaware of satan’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).

We are constantly surrounded with lies that we need to be aware of. It started in the Garden, when satan told Adam and Eve that God was lying to them and withholding good things (Genesis 3:4-5). The world tells women they need to be slim, fit, and attractive to be beautiful. God says it’s the hidden person of the heart with a quiet and gentle spirit that makes a woman beautiful. The world tells men we have to be physically strong, successful in a career, and rich to be a real man. God says a man pursues righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11-12). Satan will tell you that God will not accept you or forgive you, but God says all who call on the name of Jesus will be saved (Acts 2:21). Satan will tell you that if you do some good things, or aren’t as bad as some other people then God will let you into heaven – Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). When we believe lies, fall for these dekes, we stop believing the truth of God. Like a player who stopped watching the body and starts looking down at the puck we take our eyes off what is important, we take our eyes off of God, and soon find ourselves fooled and out of position.

There are many lies out there, but as we can see, there is a truth from God to dispel each lie. (1 Corinthians 10:5). We have the scriptures and the Holy Spirit so that we can receive wisdom that leads to salvation in Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15)! Let us be like a solid defender, proficient in the Word of God so that we are not fooled by any ‘dekes’ that come our way.

What are some lies that you have believed in the past? How did those lies affect your relationship with Jesus?
What are some lies you might believe currently? What does scripture say about them?

For more reading see 1 Corinthians 10:3-5, Proverbs 21:30

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