Lies have contributed to the downfall of humanity ever since the Garden of Eden. Sadly, people today and throughout history have become easy prey for the lies of the enemy. People have chosen to be Biblically ignorant and thus only have themselves to blame. Other’s may know what the Bible says, but they have chosen to compromise the truth to fulfill their own pleasures. So let’s look at the enemy’s lies, and God’s truth found in this passage.
The Devil’s Lie: You are really not that sinful.
Satan wants people to believe that they’re really not that bad. Most often when you ask someone what they understand it takes for someone to go to heaven, they will usually respond by saying, “You need to be a good person, and live a good life.” Thus, they believe they’re really not that sinful and can earn salvation by their own good works.
God’s Truth: You are totally sinful. (Vv. 21-22)
Like most people, today and people throughout history, the scribes and the Pharisees thought that if there was one sin which they were clearly not guilty of, it was murder. But Jesus’ teaching goes much deeper than that of the scribes and the Pharisees. Jesus believed and taught that murder began in the heart and not with the hands. So by having a murderous spirit, is possible to be guilty of murder in the eyes of God, having never even been in a fight. The point is unless one repents, the person with this attitude faces everlasting punishment in hell.
The Devil’s Lie: You can worship God on your own terms.
Make no mistake about it, this is a lie from the enemy himself. Sadly, multitudes have been deceived into believing this lie. Week by week, people barge into the presence of God without a repentant heart nor having any reverence for God.
God’s Truth: You can only worship God on His terms. (Vv. 23-25)
Clearly the text states we can only worship God on His terms and not ours. The nation of Israel fell into the trap of believing this lie and notice what God said to them:
“I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. (Amos 5:21)
The Devil’s Lie: You do not have to seek reconciliation.
The devil knows that if you harbor resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness in your life, it will negatively affect the totality of who you are. It will be cancer on your spiritual life. It will rob you of peace, joy, happiness, security, reward, physical health, and even possibly longevity of life.
God’s Truth: You do have to seek reconciliation. (Vv. 23-26)
Clearly, our text teaches that we are to seek reconciliation and forgiveness. This is not only seen here but also in many other passages:
“…if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col. 12:13).
Have you bought into the lies? Do you really believe you are not all that bad or sinful and you can make it to heaven on your own? Are you guilty of trying to worship God on your own terms? Is there someone in your life who has something against you but yet you have been unwilling to reconcile? Repent this day and resolve to believe God’s truth rather than the enemy’s lies.