Six Lies We Believe About God:
In one way or another, we all have heard that whisper from the dark, attempting to conform us to it’s reality. It’s sly, deceptive, and often times we’ve grown so accustomed to it’s voice that we can mistake it for the voice of truth. This is a dangerous place; stumbling around in the dark, being led by death itself into death. Have I frightened you yet? I hope so. If we don’t take deception seriously we are allowing the devil to blindfold us.
The greatest target of deception for the enemy is to distort our view of the Father. The first deception began with a question: “Did God really say…” Satan didn’t go for Adam and Eve, his arrow went straight at the character of God because he knew this would bring separation if they chose to believe it. Victory for the enemy would be to separate you from God. That is his plan – his goal.
The greatest target of deception for the enemy is to distort our view of the Father.
So, who is your Father? Do you know him? As I have gotten to know my Heavenly Father, I discovered several lies about him that I was accepting as truth. Here are some of those.
He is angry at me
Out of fear, I can often refrain from going to the Lord because I think he doesn’t want to see me, but the opposite is true. As the time approached before Jesus’ arrest, his heart for the people who were about to crucify him wasn’t angry. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37) Do you hear the powerful emotion in his voice? Not the emotion of anger, but of grief? As he was being crucified, Jesus asked his Father to “forgive them,” referring to the very ones who were killing him! His response wasn’t anger, but love. Jesus’ heart breaks when we sin because he sees the path of death we tread upon. Jesus is the perfect reflection of the Father, therefore, God’s greatest motivator isn’t anger, but love.
He is a liar
Trust is a precious treasure, that once lost, takes time to rebuild. Trust terrifies me sometimes. I have a difficult time believing people will keep their word because there have been some very close to me that have shattered my trust. Unfortunately, I see God this way too. Will he actually do what he says he will do?
Several years ago, he told me he wanted to heal me of the genetic disorder I was born with. It’s a long story and you can read all about it here. The extremely condensed version is that he kept his word – he healed me.
“God is not a human that he should lie…” (Numbers 23:19) My life has been filled with God speaking and then doing what was promised. Never once has he lied to me! There are some things he promised that have yet to come about, but I know they will, because I know my Father. If trust is difficult for you, do what I did: Get close to your Father and get to know who He is. Trust is the result of staring into the beaming face of your Father as he overwhelms you with his never ending love.
Trust is the result of staring into the beaming face of your Father as he overwhelms you with his never ending love.
He expects me to prove myself to him / I have to earn his love
You cannot earn a gift. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17) God’s love, extravagantly demonstrated through the sacrifice of our Savior, is a gift. When we ignore that fact and try to earn it through our actions, we are essentially saying that Jesus didn’t do enough to show us his love; we have to secure it ourselves.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son…” (John 3:16) You don’t have to prove yourself to him or earn his love, he proved his love long before you were even born.
He is going to change his mind about me
One of my biggest fears in life is that people will get tired of me, or decide they don’t care about me anymore, and leave. Abandonment is a big issue in our world. Marriages split up, friends leave; is it any wonder we think our Father will do the same?
Marriages split up, friends leave; is it any wonder we think our Father will do the same?
Listen very closely to what I say next: because of what Jesus did, you never have to experience abandonment from the Lord. He has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) You are safe with Jesus, forever. Let the truth of that wash over you: He will never change his mind about you.
He enjoys punishing me
Remember the cross? He took what we deserved to give us what he deserved. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.” (1 Peter 2:24) Notice how it says he bore our sins. Our Father does not enjoy punishing us, instead, he took our place to accept our punishment.
He is controlling
God is not primarily after your actions, but your heart. This doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want though, claiming that Jesus has your heart. The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23) If your heart truly belongs to the Lord, your actions will be confirmation to this.
When we give our lives to Jesus, he has the right to do whatever he wants. He has the right to control us as our Lord and Creator. But he doesn’t. God wants you to chose to follow him because that demonstrates love. Imagine you are going for a walk with someone. You hold them firmly by the arm, preventing them from leaving. Yes you are walking together, but there is no choice involved. They have to walk with you. Imagine this scene again, without the firm grasp. You are now both there by choice, walking together out of affection for one another and not force. Which scene do you prefer?
God is the same way; he wants your love, not just obedience. He demonstrated this when he died for us.
This is the truth about my Father.
This is the truth about my Father. He embodies love, goodness, grace, forgiveness, justice – everything that is right in this world reflects the character of our Father. How do I know all this? Because I got to know my Father.
He isn’t hiding Himself from you; He isn’t covering His tracks so you cannot follow. The opposite is true. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy…” (Psalms 16:11) You have a good Father who shares His life with you. He knows everything about you and still chooses to love you.
So the question remains, do you know your Father?
April is sweetness personified. It seems like she’s never without a smile, a hug, and a listening ear. She’s also always up for an adventure! April comes from the Lancaster, PA area and is known for her fierce love for her family and friends. If you want to hear about God’s faithfulness, ask her about how God has healed her and set her free to serve him. It’s a powerful story – so it’s no wonder she’s so passionate to see him do the same in the lives of others. April has an easy enthusiasm, a generous nature, and startling dedication to potatoes – seriously, it might be the only food she ever buys.