Yesterday we looked at how we might eclipse the Son. Today I want to showcase the things that would eclipse our faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Therefore, satan’s strategy is to weaken and destroy our faith.
How does the Lord keep our faith strong? Through our trials. 1 Peter 1:7 says that it is our fiery (hard) trials that purify our faith. Years ago I worked in our church’s print shop. I operated the linotype. It is like a giant typewriter, but instead of paper it printed the letters on lead slugs. The slugs would get ink on them in the printing process. We had to purify it by putting it in a smelting pot. The dross would come to the top so it could be skimmed off.
So it is in our trials. Our faith goes through God’s fire. The alloy-dross surfaces. Allow-dross are things like doubt, fear, unbelief, presumptions, misperceptions, etc. They have a common denominator. They were once a fiery dart-lie that we accepted and believed. They are all lies! I want to bring you to two accounts that illustrate this truth.
1 Kings 22:19-22 was a scene in heaven. The Lord was going to have Ahab die in battle. Verse 19 says that He gathered all the host of heaven. Verse 20 says, “And the Lord said, Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?…” Verse 21 a spirit came forward declaring that he would persuade him. In verse 22 the Lord asked him how he would do it. He answered, “…I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets…”
Revelation 16:13 was written about the sixth bowl. It says, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Notice it is from the mouth of each. Verse 14 says, “For they are spirits of demons…” 2 Thessalonians 2:11 says of those who did not love the truth, “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.”
We need to guard our heart where our faith resides. Romans 10:10 says that it is with our heart that we believe. Since our heart is our belief center, it is our belief in God that satan will throw his lies at. He hates God, and he hates us because we are made in God’s image. We are created to glorify God. If satan can get us to believe a lie, he will use it to control our lives.
Numbers 13 is a very vivid illustration for me. Moses had sent out 12 leaders to spy out the promised land. 10 came back with a bad report. Capture their words. Verse 27-28 says, “…It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless…” That word ‘nevertheless’ was the precursor to their bad report. They saw the land. It was as God had said. They brought back one cluster of grapes carried by two men on a pole.
Verse 32 says that they saw giants in the land. Verse 33 is the ‘nevertheless’ of the lie they believed. It says of the giants, “…we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” The lie they believed caused them to forfeit what God had promised. I don’t want anything to cause me to forfeit what God has called me to do!
Beware of lying spirits that are prevalent in our land. Sequester yourself in God’s word. It is the truth! As we continue to yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading, He will use God’s word to purify our faith. Here is one verse. Psalm 15:2 says, “He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. There are three areas that you can line your faith up against. Do you believe them with your whole heart? Then don’t let any lie of the enemy eclipse your faith.