Author: Martha Kilpatrick 24 September 2008
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There is a lie out in the universe,
and in your heart,
A lie . . . about God.
It is an enormous lie, an on-going lie.
And this lie is the basis of sin - this lie about God.
Before there was sin,
there was the Lie.
Before there is rebellion in your life,
there is the Lie.
Before Eve fell, she fell . . . for the Lie.
The Lie is whispered to us very craftily
in every situation, in every relationship.
In our deepest being, we are responding and living
according to how much we accept that Lie.
You know the Lie is from Satan.
But I want to make the Lie very clear,
because I believe if we could tear this Lie out . . .
then we could take the Word of God and believe it.
Satan, remember, was the most subtle, crafty creature on earth.
And when He came to Eve, he didn’t state the Lie -
He made a suggestion to her that made her draw
the conclusion on her own.
And that is what he does to you and me:
he suggests something.
The First Thing
The lie has two parts:
The first attack was on the words of God.
Satan said: “Has God said you’ll die?
You really won’t die.” (Gen. 3:3-4)
Now, he didn’t say, “God is a liar,”
because Eve would have refuted that.
And you would refute that, too.
But what he did say was: “God told a lie,”
and Eve concluded, “God is a liar!”
Do you see? Very clever.
You must learn how clever it is, because it is done to you — day after day.
“Indeed, has God said . . . ? No, no. It really won’t happen.”
And what Satan took away by his lie, was the consequence of sin.
“You won’t die.”
I have known a number of people over the years that could do
the most hideous things, and without any remorse - even Christians.
And I have always wondered . . . how?
How can you sleep? How can you walk?
How can you look? How can you smile?
It has always puzzled me, but I understand now that Satan gave them the lie
and they bought it . . . that there are no consequences!
Scripture states it this way: “You say, ‘God will not see.’”
What that means is that there are no consequences.
“I can do it and I can get by with it.”
One of the first things the Lord gave me was
a powerful encounter with consequences.
He did it through Matthew 25 in the parable of the talents.
I have always been stunned by the consequences to
the one who merely buried his talent.
That’s all he did -
“and he was cast into the place of outer darkness
where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (v. 30)
I don’t understand it - but I understand it well enough -
There are consequences!
When Satan took that lie and placed it in Eve,
it was buried in her being
and birthed into us.
We have to learn there are consequences to
our thoughts, words, and deeds.
Satan inferred that God had lied
and Eve’s conclusion was: God is a liar!
If you have ever been reading the Bible
and in your honest heart found yourself saying,
“Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure. Maybe for somebody else, not for me.”
(and if you are honest, you have)
Then you are saying, you are hearing, and you are believing:
“God is a liar.”
Man’s belief in the consequences of sin was destroyed by the Lie.
The Great Lie Copyright © 1986, 2008 - Martha Kilpatrick.
Knowing God Booklet Series. First Printing.
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