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.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell within them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. Revelation 12:12
During times when a person is fighting for his life, he will do all he can. However, there can come a time when he realizes that his chances of winning the battle is nearly obsolete. At that point, he begins to throw out all rules and fight with everything that is in him to win the battle.
This becomes a matter of life or death.
In his vision of heaven, John sees that the devil is cast down to the earth and heaven rejoices. However, there is a woe to the earth because the devil is angry and knows he only has a short amount of time.
For the young person a hundred years feels like a very long time. It is not until one is much older that he realizes how short that hundred years really is.
Although it has been several thousand years since the devil has been cast down to the earth, it is a short time for him in light of eternity. The goal of the devil is to destroy all the works of God, to get as many people to reject God as possible.
The longer God holds Jesus back from returning, the shorter the devil’s times is on this earth. With that he is willing to fight harder and harder against believers. No holds are barred and it is a fight to the death.
Knowing this, the believer must be ready for the attacks against him. He must be willing to stand strong for God, putting on His whole armor for the battle for his soul. At the same time he must rejoice, knowing that the devil’s time is short and Jesus will return soon, putting an end to all sin and suffering.
The devil is out to destroy you by any means possible. He will do what he can to stop you from following and obeying God. These attacks can and will be severe, but you must remember that with God all things are possible and that God wins in the end. These attacks are only for a short time.
Hold on to God and keep fighting the battle. It will be worth it when Jesus returns and destroys the devil and all sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you for the battle for your soul; that you will stand strong in God’s power; that you will know that Jesus is returning soon; and that you will know that God will win in the end.