You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
In most families, in which the father stays, the children often grow up acting like their father. Many of the thoughts, actions and words of the children are repeats of the father. This includes both the good and bad actions and words.
Jesus speaks against those falsely trying to accuse Him of wrong. He tells them that their father is the devil, because he speaks lies and has no truth in him.
Just as Jesus is truth and life, the devil is lies and death. He is the exact opposite of everything that Jesus is.
Unless there is a major change in a child’s life, it is good to expect that the child is a good representation of his father. He will act and speak very much like his father.
At some point after birth every human chooses to sin and be like the devil. It is not usually a conscience effort to be like the devil, but it is giving into his ways.
One of the most common sins among people is lying. People lie about how they really are, about there not being a God, about how they really care about others, about what is good and bad and many other ways. The lies show up in deception and ignorance of truth. Their father is the devil.
The one who follows Jesus, will follow truth and allow truth to be a part of his life. His father will be God and it will show in his life.
As you examine your life, ask yourself how much truth is in your life. It is easy to allow deception and lies in, covering up mistakes and wrongs as though they were acceptable and good. Living like this is living like the world, and allowing the devil to be your father.
Immerse yourself in God’s word, living as Jesus lived. Jesus is truth and if you live as He lived, you will live in truth, not lies. As you live in truth, you will also make God your father, not the devil, the father of lies and deception.
Who is your real father?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow the truth of God; that you will live as Jesus lived; that God will be your father in every area of your life; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in keeping from all lies.