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Meditations by John Dean

Monday, June 27, 2011

Believing a Lie

(2Thesslonians 2:11-12 KJV) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The thing that makes this scripture so interesting is that God would actually 'send a strong spirit of delusion' to someone. One may ask, "Why would God send such a spirit?" The fact is God will send to you whatever spirit that is compatible with your spirit.

The benefit of loving truth (the word), is life, health and joy. The result of not loving truth (the word), is delusion that leads to believing a lie which eventually ends in damnation.

Because there are so many false words floating around today, it is easy for one to believe a lie if they do not have a 'truth filter' (the Word of God), to filter out such words. Just because negative words may be spoken about one that does not mean they are from God.

I have a dear friend who spent much of her early years growing up in Africa as the child of a missionary. Perhaps it was because of that setting that she developed such a real love for animals and birds. When she grew up she married a man with the same love for animals and birds as she had. She and her husband pastor a fine church in Colorado. Because of their love for animals they usually have at least two dogs as well as canaries or parrots.

One day my friend had the opportunity to get a beautiful 'talking parrot' that had been raised by an old man. Apparently the old man was quite a character that used a lot of profanity. After years of living with the old man the parrot apparently learned all of his bad language and felt he had the freedom to use it anytime he wanted to.

One day my friend (the new owner of the parrot), needed to leave town for a while so she had another friend (who I know), come over and take care of her dogs and her new parrot. When this friend went to the cage to take care of the parrot the parrot cussed her out. She became so upset with the parrot that she cussed the parrot out. For the next few moments she and the parrot had a cussing contest. The parrot apparently won the contest because after it was all over the parrot felt refreshed while she needed inner healing.

She was quick to inform my friend as soon as she got home that she would never take care of that parrot again.

When one has such an experience they only have so many options. They can either choose not to believe anything that a 'talking parrot' says who was raised by a grouchy old man or they can have 'truth filters' to filter out all of their lies.

There is probably no greater picture on earth of Satan's work than to have his demonic parrots speaking lies to the children of God.

Father,

I thank You for the real life pictures such as this to remind us of how much we need Your 'truth filters' to keep us from believing the lies of the enemy. Help us Lord to be on the alert at all times of the traps of Satan that would rob us of our joy.

Amen

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