Refute Lies With Truth
It is essential to understand that the devil cannot tell the truth. In John 8:44 Jesus told the Jews about the devil’s attributes. It says he, “…does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
God gave Adam and Eve specific instructions of what tree not to eat from. The serpent countered God’s word with a lie. Genesis 3:4 says, “…You will not surely die.” Since the devil can only speak lies, we counter them with eternal truth that cannot be changed.
One telltale sign of his lies is that they are pushy. They have an urgency in them. For example you might think that if you don’t follow this insistent urge you will miss out. That is how false advertising works.
The devil is a master at advertisements. They seem good on the outside, but the inside is a trap that will derail you. Not every thought is of our own origin. That is why we have to bring them captive. According to 2 Corinthians 10:5 they exalt themselves above the knowledge of God.
We know that true knowledge is a gift to those who walk in the fear of the Lord. Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understandinWe know that God is the Source of truth. He has given us the Spirit of truth to lead us. John 14:17 says, “The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
1989 I was in a car wreck. That night I went into temporary paralysis. My chiropractor sent me to a neurologist. The neurologist spoke a pronouncement over me. He said, “You will be on this medication for two years.” I immediately said, “I will not be on this medication for two years.”
I needed to refute the power of his pronouncement! Refute means to deny or contradict and reject. When I got outside in the parking lot I yelled, “I will not be on this medication for two years in the name of Jesus!” I wasn’t.